Preparing for a recording studio session?  Ensure a straightforward and enjoyable experience in the studio with minimal time wasting to get the most out of your session.

1. Demo Recordings

If you have rough demo recordings of your songs, send mp3’s in advance and also bring them along on the day. They serve as a reference point for the arrangement and can help the producer understand your vision more clearly.

2. Reference Tracks

Bring links to 2-3 songs by other artists that closely resemble the sound or vibe you’re aiming for. This helps the producer and sound engineer understand the creative direction and sonics you’re after.

3. Lyrics and Sheet Music

Ensure you bring copies of lyrics and sheet music for all the songs you’ll be recording. This helps everyone stay on the same page and minimises confusion during the recording process.

4. Backups of Backups

Don’t rely solely on digital files. Bring physical backups of your tracks on a USB drive or external hard drive. Technology can be unpredictable, and having multiple copies ensures you won’t lose your work.

5. Instruments

This may seem obvious, but it’s crucial to bring all the instruments you’ll be using during the recording session. Make sure they are in good condition, tuned, and ready to deliver the best sound.

6. Suitable Clothing

Recording sessions can be long, and comfort is key. Wear layers so you can adjust to the studio temperature, and opt for comfortable shoes as you may be on your feet for extended periods. Also remember that some clothing (such as a shiny jacket) may make a noise when you move, this will be captured on the recording.  Ensure you wear ‘silent’ clothing to the session.

7. Snacks and Water

Stay hydrated and fueled throughout the session. Recording can be mentally and physically demanding, so having water and healthy snacks on hand will help you stay focused and energized.

8. Notebook & Pen

Keep a notebook handy to jot down ideas, feedback, and any adjustments you want to make. It’s a great way to communicate with the producer and ensures you won’t forget important details.

9. Extra Strings & Accessories

If you’re a guitarist or play a stringed instrument, having spare strings, picks, and any necessary accessories is a smart move. Broken strings can happen unexpectedly, and you don’t want to lose valuable recording time searching for replacements.

10. Vocal Warm Ups

Prioritize vocal warm-ups to ensure your voice is in top shape for recording. Simple exercises like scales, lip trills, and gentle humming can help prevent strain and enhance your vocal performance.

11. Be Well Rehearsed

Thoroughly rehearse your songs before entering the studio. Being well-prepared not only saves time but also allows you to focus on delivering a polished performance. Practice with the tempo, dynamics, and nuances you intend to capture in the recording.

12. Time Management

Respect everyone’s time by being punctual. Studios often run on tight schedules, so arriving on time ensures you make the most of your session. It also sets a positive tone for collaboration and professionalism.

13. Positive Attitude

Last but not least, bring a positive and open-minded attitude. Recording sessions can be intense, and challenges may arise. Maintaining a positive mindset will contribute to a more enjoyable and productive experience for everyone involved.


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