Drums:

Usually drum kits in studios are generic. It’s better that drummers bring their own (at least snare and cymbals), so they be comfortable when playing or choosing what suits the music better. Check all the hardware for squeaky or rattling noises. Replace your drum heads.Triple-check you pack all you need.

 

Guitars and bass:

Set your instruments up properly to eliminate any fret buzz. Change the strings but play them for at least a couple of days, so the instrument sounds brighter/clearer but stays in tune longer. Test your amps and pedal effects, and listen for worn out valves, noisy fans or other undesirable sounds (if you need to, have them repaired).

 

Vocals:

Even though vocalists don’t have any equipment, they should still treat their vocal cords as such. Be certain that they are in good condition. If you have a sore throat or have lost your voice is better to reschedule a recording session with sometime in advance than loose time and money. Take good care of them and warm up properly!

 

Other instruments:

 

As a general rule for any other instrument, make sure you have everything you need for the recording session (reeds, bows, mouthpieces, mutes, etc.). Search for any noisy part in your instrument or gear. Double-check that your instrument is setup correctly and if you need to, have them serviced.

 

4) Energy and a good vibe are important in the studio:

 

Everyone performs better when at ease. Good humour can boost their technical skills, accuracy, creativity and even commitment with the project.

 

Having the musicians well fed and hydrated can make a big difference in the over all session.

 

Make sure everyone is well rested. If you are tired or hung over, you won’t be able to perform to the best of your abilities.

 

Choose the studio with right vibe for you and your project. It’s important you feel comfortable in the space you will spend some time.

TIPS

ARIOSTO

It’s all about the music! Your experience in the studio should be pleasant and efficient, meaning our resources should be used the best possible way in favour of the end result… your music

 

1) Be prepared before you go into the studio:

 

Record your rehearsals, this will give you a more objective idea of what to change or improve.

 

Rehearse to a click, Regardless of recording with it or not. Even the grooviest drummer should be able to follow a metronome.

 

There is always time to for changing tempo, song structure or instrumentation during preproduction. The more time we spend correcting performances or fixing tempos, the less time you and I are going to have for creating musical arrangements or experimenting with the sound.

 

2) Give recording the importance it deserves:

 

The best recordings are the result of great performances, good song writing and/or composition. In the same way, the best mixes are the result of great recordings. The more money you invest hiring an expert engineer and a good studio, the less time the mixer will spend fixing phase issues or noisy recordings.  

 

3) Make sure all your gear is ready before the recording session:

 

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