If you are about to record some tracks in the studio, this is a very good video to watch, especially if you are new to the studio environment. It talks about preparing yourself for your recording session.
Find your recording space
Language warning. There is a small amount of language in this video, so if you do not like the odd 4 letter word, then don’t watch this. However, I feel it has been tastefully done. Here also are my tips to anyone preparing for a session.
Time is money in the studio. So, the best piece of advice I can give you to get the most out of the session is to really know your work like the back of your hand. If you have specific instrumental parts you want to put down, it is a good idea to really know the part well. Rehearse your vocals till you can sing them in your sleep. This way you will be much happier with the result. All this does not mean that things cannot be changed. Often this happens. But when you do decide to make changes it is much easier when you know the work.
Be prepared for mistakes to happen. This is very normal when you are recording. When we are tracking, we become more aware of what we are playing or singing, and it often takes a bit of time to capture the part you really want. This is the case for just about every person who records. However, the more you know what you basically want the easier it is. That is not to say that you cannot improvise a certain part. Sometimes we need to do this, and often great things come out of it. But having a good plan of what you are after will also make it easier to do this.
If you’re a hirer professional session musician to work on your project they will require chord charts so they can come in and lay things down. They most likely will have not heard the song before the session. But Because this is their job they are able to get parts down very quickly. For them to do this accurate chord charts can be organized through Sparrow sound studio. You may be able to write the charts yourself. But please consult with our staff before you do this.
When using session musicians, the producer will always have a detailed plan of exactly what he or she requires the session musician to do.