Maximizing Studio Time
If there was ever a time for your instruments to be in top condition,
this is definitely it. Whether its new strings and perfectly adjusted
intonation, or new drum heads and working stands, or even just cables
that work, everything you can do to smooth out the process will save you
both time and money.
Sometimes artists overlook potential difficulties and thorough
rehearsals may be the best way avoid that particular problem. In
most recording scenarios each member will be recorded separately and
will not be playing with other band members as they are accustomed to.
This means that each member will need to be able to perform their part
systematically and independently.
Click tracks or metronomes can be very helpful in the recording process.
Not only can they help the artist to record with steadier tempos, but
with the advent of computer based solutions for recording,
using a metronome can assist the artist in making greater use of many
modern techniques such as "cut and paste" editing.
The selection of basic recording medium can greatly effect the process.
For instance, recording on a tape based system can be very different
from a hard disk based system. Different methods of storage, editing,
archiving and back-up apply to each system and can present both
financial and operational advantages.
Mobile studio trade offs (cost vs. efficiency)
Often in the recording process, the artist is forced to decide between
"getting it right" and affording the cost of the recording. For some
processes, such as mixing, expensive tools can actually save you money
by allowing you to work faster with better results. If you are looking
for a big, ambient drum sound, recording drums in a small room makes it
that much harder. However, we supply the necessary mics and
equipment to help control the unwanted elements.
Planning for end use of project
Even before you record your first riff or note, its very important to decide what
your final product should be: a CD for release, a demo, MP3 files for
Internet distribution or all three. Knowing the answer to this question
can save you a lot of money and time.