The Recording Process

1. Remind yourself that it is emotion and feeling that make the best song, not necessarily the best technical rendition, use your guts!

2. Just keep playing, if you mess up a part of a song do not stop and start over. Doing so can become exhausting. Instead, check to see if our engineer can punch in corrections needed.

3. Do not try to force something that won’t fit, just because you may have a lot of available tracks, does not mean you should use them.

4. Keep in mind the focus of your music. If what needs the most work is your vocals, then plan to spend the most time on them. Do not waste time on things that don’t highlight the focal point of your song.

5. Do not rely solely on the mix; make sure to get the sound you want while in the recording session.

6. Unless you have unique effects, we will record your individual tracks clean and then add effects later. You do not need to have everything double tracked. Doubling a lead vocal can hide all the subtleties that make a song personal and likable (however, it canwork well for a chorus).

8. Don’t risk a bad recording by playing too long. If you’re tired, then let us know and take a break; you do not want any exhaustion to show.

9. Keep guests out! You do not need the distraction of having guests, especially if they try to sway your opinion of how the music should sound. It is your recording, so make it the way you want.

10. Make backup copies after every recording session. We recommend a master and safety hard drive for every project. Always make a safety master, which will preserve your recording investment in case your original master should get damaged.

11. Tune up often.

12. Singers: keep your vocal chords relaxed by always having water at hand (do not use ice though, it constricts your vocal chords). Hot tea with lemon and honey also works well to keep your vocal chords relaxed.

13. Always get a track listing and accurate time log from the studio.

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