Preparing for the Recording Studio Session

Preparing for your time in the studio is something that far too often gets overlooked. Many projects over the years have fallen apart, not because of a lack of inspiration or talent but because of lack of preparedness. These are some tips to keep in mind when getting ready for your next recording session:

1). Book your studio time well in advance. Many artists and producers are so eager to get into the studio that they try and book it as soon as possible. Consider all the things you need to get done before the session including personal matters and shoot for a date that is far enough in the future to cross all your T’s and dot your I’s.

2). Be proficient with your material. This doesn’t mean just knowing the songs. This means knowing them backwards and forwards. You want to be able to play/sing them all the way though consistently without stopping but also be able to start anywhere in the song if a punch in is necessary.

3). Don’t read the chords/lyrics from a piece of paper or your phone. It is incredibly rare to get a great performance when you don’t have the song memorized. Better to mix up a few words than to sound like a robot rattling off data.

4). Play the songs out. Whenever possible, perform the songs at least a few times at a live venue. It doesn’t have to be Carnagie Hall. It could be the local dive bar, coffee shop or even in your living room for a few friends. This allows you to gauge audience reactions and tweak things as necessary.

5). Solidify the songs key and tempo. Make sure you’ve chosen a key and tempo that serves the song and everyone is comfortable playing/singing in. Changing these variables down the line often means rerecording everything from scratch.

6). Plan your execution. Decide before hand how you want to record your songs. Whether you’re a full band that plays everything all together or if you want to add parts one at a time, make these decisions well in advance to keep the session moving forward.

7). Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Whether you’re singing or not, your body and mind don’t work properly without sufficient H20. If you’re not peeing crystal clear, you’re not adequately hydrated. You should be well hydrated everyday but especially on session day.

8). Take yourself seriously. If you really want to make it in this business, the first person you need to convince is yourself. That doesn’t mean just saying you’re serious, it means living it every day and staying focused on your goals.

We hope these suggestions help you make the most of your next recording session. Feel free to contact Tapwater Productions by calling 248.231.7235 or e-mail with any questions you may have or to schedule your next session.