How to make the most of your studio time

It’s a fantasy that many of us indulge in now and again, that is of course being a professional musician, touring the world playing our music in some of the most prestigious locations on the planet to the screaming adoration of our fans, and its sometimes nice to loose ourselves in such a fantasy, maybe when we are listening to some of our favorite music. However there are some that take it as more than just a fantasy and a dream and these people normally hone their craft and do their best to produce high quality music in the hopes of getting noticed and recognized for their talents by a talent scout or a manager who can help them accelerate their careers in the direction they want.

If this is you, a person who has ambitions to become a professional musician, then know that there is much hard work ahead of you both in planning your career progression and refining your musical style and skill to an acceptable level, only then will a record labels representatives truly notice you. However before any of that can happen you will need to make yourself some high quality and professionally recorded sample tracks and mix tapes all mastered by a professional and qualified sound engineer in order for you to even stand a chance of getting noticed by anybody that matters. And to do this you will have to book same time in a recording studio. Hopefully in this article we will give some pointers of how best to use that expensive and limited amount of time that you are able to book.

Plan what you need to get done first

This can be easier if your style of music only requires one person as dividing your own personal time in the studio when its just you and the mix engineer to get the job done is a fairly straightforward task. However, the job becomes more tricky the more people that are involved in the process of actually recording, such as is the case with band based music’s or choirs for example, the more difficult you will find the process becomes as the individual elements that comprise the music will all need their own separate recording time as well as some require a recording in unison. All of this planning on the day will eat into the valuable and expensive time that you have booked and cause you to potentially have to pay extra for more time or risk walking away missing some of the recording s required.

So before you even step foot min the studio you should have a clear plan and list of things that you need to get done clearly labeling who is required for what recordings along with well-organized files of songs, music sheets and any information that you engineer could require in order to help you mix the highest quality recording of your music as possible. Also remember to consult your engineer and listen to his valuable industry experience and any suggestions he gives you remember to take them on board and apply them next time you find yourself recording, ding all of this will help streamline the process significantly saving valuable time.

Stay on task

Now its great that you and your band members are great friends and you like to have fun together, really nobody is holding it against you. However the reason that you are paying what is normally a fairly hefty fee for studio time is to record your music to the best of your ability, not so that you can sit around on the studio sofas messing around and having fun, after all if you wanted to do that you should have continued practicing in your basement until you were mature and focused enough to record.

So now is not the ideal time for experimentation or practice, all of that should’ve been done before you even thought about coming into a studio, obviously nobody will bemoan a genuine idea or change to the track that is useful, but now is not the time to be writing new material or new chords or just generally losing focus and not making the most of this time that you have paid for, like a true professional would. Thank you for taking the time to read this article, please click the following link for more information regarding how to hire a mix engineer.