Recording sessions require some preparation on your part if they’re to be successful. After all, you’re paying for help with your music, and the more you know exactly what you want, the better off you’ll be during your recording session.
Keep in mind that the last thing you want to do is waste time in a recording studio. If you’re to start at a certain time, then be on time and ready to work. When you come late to your own session, that’s time and money that’s wasted. Also, don’t get distracted bringing non-essential people along with you– you’re there to take advantage of the time you have in the studio.
Recording sessions should be scheduled after you’ve rehearsed what you plan to record many, many times. You should be at the point where you’re “ready to go” rather than “still working out some things.” If your session is going to be a productive one, you’ve got to know your song(s) inside and out. You should be able to express to the producers, musicians, and engineers what you need them to do. If you’ve got sheet music and/or lyrics, bring them with you. If you’re going to be working with real instruments, make sure you have them with you and bring any spare parts you might need should something, like a string, break mid-session.
If possible, make a “rough demo” of your song(s) to share with key people before the actual recording session. This gives the people working on your song a clearer idea of what you’re trying to achieve, as well as giving them a true feel for the song.
Finally, before the recording session you will want to have gotten plenty of rest (a good night’s sleep, for sure) and drank plenty of water so you’re not dehydrated. You need to be in prime physical and mental condition for your recording session. If this was baseball, it’d be like playing in the Major League.
Did you know Sing Like A Star offers studio recording services? Utilizing Logic Pro software, Sing Like A Star can supply you with professional sound engineers who will help you record a demo or a full-fledged song or batch of songs. To book studio time, please call 404-790-1830. Expect to need at least three hours per song.