3 Tips On How To Get The Most Out Of Your Studio Time
These 3 Tricks Will Help You Get The Best Sounding Recordings
When you or your band are heading into the studio, it can be pretty easy to get lost in it all. If you lose sight of what’s important when it comes to recording your music, you can waste lots of time and money making careless mistakes. Let’s be honest, studio time can be pretty expensive so you want to be sure you’re prepared. If you make the most of your studio session, you and your band can hopefully see returns from your investment. Here are 3 tips on how to get the most out of your studio time.
1. Know Your Material Better Than The Back Of Your Hand
This is the most universal tip any one will give you when heading into the studio. Studio time is not rehearsal time. If you have to fix a verse in the studio, you shouldn’t be in the studio. Practice and rehearse as much as humanly possible before heading into the studio. Know your songs better by heart. A great way to know your songs more coherently, is to learn other bandmates parts. If you don’t know how to play the drums, learn. Learn the bass part, learn the vocals. Learn it all. You’ll be studio ready in no time.
2. Know Your Tone
Do you have a favorite record? Are you trying to get a similar sound on your record? Who are your influences? Keep all of these things in mind when heading into the studio. Having some rough demo tracks prepared in advance can go a long way. Once you hit the recording session let your engineer or producer know about these influences, and let them hear the scratch tracks. It will make the recording process 1000x easier. Your producer and whoever is mastering your record will be so incredibly grateful (you might even get free studio time, but don’t count on it.)
3. Don’t Have All Your Mixing Done In A Day
If you are in a rush when it comes to mixing and mastering, you are going to get a subpar return on your investment. Allow the engineer to take their time when they are mixing and mastering your record. When mixing it is very easy for an engineer to get ear rot. Everything starts sounding the same to the engineer, and the mix will suffer. If you can afford it, have multiple sets of ears on the project. Your end result will be much better.
BONUS: Don’t Forget Your Gear, And Take Care Of Yourself
Have all the gear you need on hand before heading into the studio. Have the drummer put on new heads, change the strings on your guitar, and break them in. Don’t forget your patch cables and drum sticks. Make sure you feel alright, drink plenty of water, get plenty of rest and be prepared mentally and physically. Sorry to be a buzzkill but, under no circumstances (unless you’re Ozzy Osbourne) should you go into the studio under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is incredibly unprofessional, and your record will likely sound worse for it.
Hopefully these tips will give you an idea of what it takes to get the most out of your studio time. What tips do you follow when recording your music? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to follow us for more music news.
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