Studio Checklist: Getting Started
In 2019 the need for a recording studio for musicians isn’t exactly necessary, but it can help. However, when an artist books studio time they should be fully prepared for their session. Nothing is worse in the studio than dealing with an unprepared artist wasting everybody’s time. Additionally, with home recording being so common and accessible these days there is no excuse to be unprepared. A studio checklist can save time and embarrassment. Let’s look at some ideas that can better prepare you for your next session. Most noteworthy, these are opinions based on experience and may not apply to all situations but feel free to contribute to the conversation in the comments.
Studio Checklist: The Basics
First and foremost, when entering a session there should be an agenda. If you’re looking to create, perhaps that should be left for a home studio. This bring us to our first point. If you’re paying for studio time and want to get as much work done as possible – create demos. Having what you want to record in mind will save you plenty of time in the studio. Additionally, it will allow you to make edits on the fly as you professionally record the song.
Knowing what and why you want is imperative. Keep in mind, while most tracking/recording engineers can give you opinions on your takes – they are not meant to be treated as producer. However, they are professionals that are in a recording environment daily. Communicating your intentions and desires for your music is key in creating the best version of your song. If available, bring your own producer that can provide feedback during the recording process.
Last on the studio checklist, do your research before committing to a studio. There are many studios around if you do your research. Find an environment that makes you feel comfortable and that matches your vibe. Additionally, check out their equipment if you are looking for a specific sound. Mixing and mastering services may be available for you as well and can save you money when bundled in a package.