Recording sessions often put artists in a state of panic. Even seasoned ones can find it hard to bear the stress, let alone the beginners who are doing it for the first time. The best approach would be to be prepared but this is easier said than done for the first-timers. Whether you are performing in a home recording studio or a professional one, you need to know a few facts so that you are all set for the first recording of your career. Here are some tips that can help.
Start small with a trial run
It does not make sense to book an expensive studio and hire an engineer who charges thousands of dollars right in your first session. This approach could blow up your savings at once, without giving you a track that you can even release. Rather, you should start small with a trial run, probably in a home studio. If you don’t have one, you could use a friend’s place instead. Once you are confident, you can opt for a professional session.
Avoid making the session too crowded
You may be recording at home or a pro studio but getting the place too crowded can actually affect your performance and quality of the track as well. Friends and family are bound to be excited about your first music recording session but politely ask them to stay home. And you can promise them a treat of course, once the track is out!
Talk to your engineer
If you have a pro engineer to handle the recording, it is a good idea to invest in a thorough discussion before you take the plunge. This will help them understand your expectations and they can probably share some expert tips to get the track right. If you plan to buy beats online rather than create original ones, let them know. Being on the same page with the engineer is a definite advantage, particularly when it is your first time.
Communication is a major pitfall for new artists as they are often not able to convey what they are looking for. For example, you may want a specific production technique or may not be able to comprehend the technical jargon. Bringing references to your first session is a good idea as it lets the producer and engineer understand what you really want. It could be a great time saver and reduce conflicts as well.
Stay within your budget
As a first-timer, you will probably want to do things within the budget. Not staying within limits can actually cause stress and impact your performance. This becomes all the more important if you have rented a professional studio and engineer to assist you with the job. Communicate your constraints to your engineer and they will make their best efforts to complete the job within the deadline. Believe it or not, they also want to do their best as much as you want to.
More than anything else, you need to be relaxed and happy during your first recording. After all, this is a moment you have waited forever!
Author Bio: A music lover and an entertainer herself, Harvey Brown designs influential content with team Outreach Monks and loves exploring new dimensions to her profession.