If you have ever recorded in a studio, you understand that the recording process, to be effective, must be streamlined and efficient. There are things that you can do to maximize your time in the studio. This is especially important if you have a small recording budget. When you can make the most of your time, you will capture a better performance and keep within your budget easier. Both benefits are critical to help you survive in this market. Below are some ideas to help you keep your audio recording session running smoothly.
1. Have a pre production meeting scheduled.
This meeting will include the engineer, the artist, and you. And allows each acquaintance to familiarize themselves with one another and to discuss the goals of the project. The engineer will have a chance to listen to your work and help you to come up with a plan for the completion of your project.
2. Create a budget that is realistic.
It is a process to bring your vision to life, one that includes a good space to record and an audio engineer with technical expertise. Both things are costly. Be realistic with your budget and ask the engineer and studio manager for suggestions on the rooms available and what the studio may offer. A good studio professional will help you to get the most for your money, instead of just trying to take it all. They are looking for repeat customers.
3. Predetermine your song list.
Go into the studio knowing the songs that you want to play instead of just going in for a jam session. By the time you get into the studio, you should already know who is playing which instrument, the solos, the structure, and all other pertinent information. The songs you are recording should be once you have played numerous times before. All the tricky parts should have already been worked out and everyone knows the song like the back of their hand. Only through this kind of preparation can you give a good performance.
By following these steps, you will be on your way to producing a recorded project professionally. Now get out there and get to recording!
When you first start your career as a mix engineer, you can be quite overwhelmed. You need to remember that your success will come from lots of experience. To help you get your results quicker though, I have a list of five stakes that are common in first time studio mixes from those who aspire to be mix engineers.
1. The mixing is too loud.
When noise is over 90 dB, as a self-protection mechanism, your ears start to compress. Because of this, if you create a mix that is above 90 dB, there will be problems hearing certain instruments when it is listen to below 80 dB. Even though you could not hear the problem when making it, what you have created is a bad mix.
2. Deciding not to use a reference mix.
A reference mix can sometimes be seen as a double-edged sword. We want to listen to the competition so we know the dynamics balance and frequency that our customers will be wanting to hear in their own mixes. On the other side of the sword, though, these commercial releases have been professionally mastered. A reference mixes good if you’re trying to determine the frequency balance, but if you try to match the volume, you will merely get frustrated and likely mess up the mix.
3. Trying to put together a political mix.
When you try to make sure all the instruments are allowed or that the instruments reflect the political dynamic of the band, this is when you have a political mix. When you are creating a mix, the only guiding principle should be what sounds good. You should always let the song itself determine the mix.
4. Managing a bad mix.
Many times, a new engineer will start at his mix with one instrument. As he continues to instruments, the levels of the mix to come out of control. The only way to get control back is to start over.
5. Using too much reverb.
The typical new mixer goes overboard with effects. They tend to add reverb to everything to give their mix the feeling of grandeur. The mixes need to have perspective from all angles to make it work well. To do this, try to visualize the band on the stage and where everything would be in that situation.
By following these tips, even new mixers can find success.