What should I do before booking time at the studio? Practice. Rehearse. If you have some way of recording at home a little bit, and getting ideas for instrumentation, vocals, have all of that worked out beforehand. Have the instrumentation, and arrangement worked out beforehand. Have your vocals, and delivery very, very well rehearsed. Then get a good night’s sleep. Bring a good attitude. Also I would suggest communicating very clearly with what your expectations might be. You might be adjusting your expectations as you get used to the studio environment a little bit, and you know what you can, and cannot get done in a certain period of time. Really communication, and practice are central to the whole thing
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What preamps and output gear are available for use and what sources would you use the most? We have a whole pallet of preamps. SSL VHD Preamps, we have a rack of those, some Neve Clones, APIs, we have some Earthworks Preamps, which are really super, super clean and clear. Let’s see, Rupert Neve designs, 517, we have a bunch of 500 Series Preamps as well. We also have 500 Series EQs and compresses, API EQs, Purple EQs, a bunch of stuff. We have a Bettermaker EQ as well, which is a pultec model, which sounds fantastic. We also have SSL EQs and compressors, we have racks of these X-Rack compressors, so the actual compressors and EQs from the consoles we have racked. The choice of outboard stuff is pretty much limitless. What about the preamps models of [inaudible 00:01:11]? Oh, that’s right. Okay. Also, on our actual interface we have modeling of preamps. The actual preamps is really clean but they’ve also introduced a way of imparting the sound of API, Neve, and a bunch of other brands so you get that vintage sound, as well. We have a huge pallet. Okay, great.
What should I do before I go to the studio? What would you suggest? The majority of the work on your project is going to be done before you go to the recording studio to do the final recordings. What you should do is make sure that you have all your Ts crossed and your Is dotted, starting with the song. Make sure that you have all of your lyrics written, and rehearsed, and practiced, and you know exactly what you’re going to sing and how you’re going to sing it. Make sure that all of the instrumentation is planned, and that the band has rehearsed those parts and knows exactly what they need to play so you can get it down on the first take. Then, have some embellishments on the second take and see if some magic happens. Make sure that the band rehearses together. If you’re going to record all these things together, make sure that you have rehearsals together with a click coming through the PA. Record these rehearsals, and you provide feedback, and you make things perfect from when you get to the studio. You should also be recording your own tracks at home in Ableton, or in Pro Tools, or whatever program that you can get your hands on just to number one, get the arrangements set, and also to get yourself more comfortable with recording and with engineering, which will give you more knowledge when you get to the studio. […]