the Ugliest Studio
in Utah

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Common recording mistakes

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Preparation

There are a number of things you can do to get better results from you recording session and to save money. We want you to get the best results possible so we offer the following suggestions to help you prepare for your session.

  1. "It can be fixed in the mix." You may have heard this but don't you believe it. Even if it is "fixable," it will take more time and money to repair the problem. And it will never be as good as doing it right in the first place.
  2. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse! Don't wait until you are tracking and paying for the time. The best way to get a great performance is with practice. Besides, it will also improve your concerts.
  3. Show up on time. Don't pay for studio time before you have arrived. And it doesn't cost you extra to show up a little early. If you do concerts, you already know how to do this.
  4. Practice to a metromone. Wandering tempo will make tracking difficult. Be sure to note the tempo you are practicing to as a click track can be played during tracking to keep everyone together.
  5. If you play the guitar, use fairly new, high quality strings for recording. Allow at least three days for new strings to stretch out. If you have to replace a string during the session, you'll spend more time tuning than tracking as the string will stretch out of tune during the song. Tune up before you arrive at the studio.
  6. Drummers should pay as much attention to their heads as a guitarists do to their strings. Use good quality heads for recording. If you replace them, allow plenty of time for them to stretch out. Tune up before the session. Lubricate any moving drum hardware, such as your bass drum pedal, hi-hat pedal/stand, and drum throne. Your drums will not sound any better than they do during rehearsal.
  7. Vocalists should make sure the music is in their key. To find the best key, look for the lowest note you can sing compfortably, not the highest. If you blow out your voice trying to hit that highest note, your voice is probably done for the session. Warm up your voice gradually. And don't scream at the drummer. The lead guitar will do that for you.


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