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 helping 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!