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Recording tips from SoundARC
So you're in a band, you've got some catchy songs, now it's time to record them. John from SoundARC Studios in Bedfordshire explains how you don't need to spend thousands of pounds to get a great sounding track.
While a full day might seem like a long time in the studio, it does in fact pass surprisingly fast!
To help you make the most of your time wither it’s with us at SoundARC or any other studio we've compiled a few tips on how to prepare before hand. Most of them are just common sense, but a few might just make you think a little deeper about how you organise your session...
How can I get the best performance?
It’s not just knowing the song; it’s knowing the song inside-out, back-to-front and with your eyes closed! Whatever you’re recording you should be rehearsed and rehearsed until you’re sick of playing and then some. Although this sounds like a painful experience, it will make the difference between your tracks sounding ‘good’ and ‘amazing’.
People often get very excited and want to record a brand new track (we’ve had people record before who hadn’t even worked out how the song was going to end right up to the point where we started recording!) but it has to be said that this isn’t always a good idea as tracks that have had quality time spent on them then gigged and gigged invariably sound better as everyone has had time to work on the little details, refine their parts and gain confidence in their performance.
The studio shows up every single nuance so if you come across as unconfident it will end up on the finished CD!
Also bear in mind that the number of instruments and even the length of the song (we’ve worked on a couple on nine-minuters in our time!) have a huge bearing on how long the whole recording and mixing process takes.
We often have people ask if they have time to record a short introduction on top of what was already discussed and answer is always “Yes! But at the expense of the final overall quality of your recordings – unless you’re prepared to run over your original time allowance and budget”.
Even a minute long track could maybe take an hour to produce from beginning to end – time which would more wisely be spent.
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last updated: 05/03/2009 at 11:31
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