Working and creating in a recording studio is an fun and exhilarating experience, but costs can spiral out of control if you're not careful. Here are some hints and tips to keep costs down, and the creativity and enjoyment at an all time high.
Plan, rehearse and be ready BEFORE you go into the studio. It's tempting to just get into the studios and make the magic happen, but without planning, you may be wasting time, and time is money. Have your song arrangements worked out, written down, and practised prior to booking your studio time. #recording
If you are a band, write and map your arrangements down onto a piece of paper. Don't make changes to your arrangements or structure just before you go to the studios, or worse, while you are in the studio. Making last minute changes can impede and lengthen the recording process, especially if members of your band are not as experienced as others. Changing things on the fly can lead to confusion in the studio, which leads to stress, and this makes the recording process not that fun, and more expensive than what was planned.
Don't try and do too much in too little time. Depending on the complexity of song, sometimes it can take many hours to record the raw elements of a song. Then you need to allow time for the mixing process, which again, can take a few hours per song. On average, it take around 4 to 6 hours to record and mix a song performed by a 4 piece band, but this can also depend on the players abilities to nail their takes quickly.
Make sure you vocalists are well rested before recording. #vocals The vocals can be the most important part of the song, and making sure your vocalists are in top form is paramount. Sip warm water infused with lemon juice a few hours before your vocal recordings, and keep sipping this during the recording process. Try to avoid drinking milk or dairy drinks a day or so before recording, as this can create mucus build up in the nasal passages. And above all, keep chilled, have fun and avoid taking any alcohol or drugs as this can ruin your performances, waste time in the studio, and cost more money.