It’ is a big step for an independent artist to record in a professional studio. So if you got to this stage of music production, first of all, congratulations, and second of all, you need to know some essentials to get ready for your session. EKmixmaster is an industry professional, and he knows everything about working with independent artists. So in this article, he gave some tips on recording for independent artists.
First of all, when you are looking for a music studio, look up their audio engineers and producers. Listen to their work, and you will understand if you are compatible in terms of musical style and taste. Musical compatibility is important when it comes to choosing who will produce, mix and master your track. Also, make sure the facility you choose offers the equipment you need. However, if you play the guitar, it’s better to bring your own gear because you are already familiar with your instrument. If you are a band, see if there is enough space to fit all the band members. Create a demo track. It is important to assess your performance objectively, and a demo track can help you with that. It will bring out the imperfections of your performance and help you correct them. And it is a great tool to help you envision the final mix and discuss it with the producer.
You should contact your producer beforehand and discuss your vision of the song. The producer should understand what exactly you want to achieve before you start the session. To ensure that the producer understands what sound you are looking for, you can send him your references and point out what you like about them. Maybe it’s the sound of the guitar or the reverb, it can be anything. It is also important to tell your producer and audio engineer how you want to record your track. Because live and multi-track recording requires two different approaches.
To make the most out of your time during the session, make sure your performance is as close to perfect as possible. Your performance should become muscle memory before you get to the studio. It is essential so, during the session, you can focus on conveying emotions. And if your technique is not perfect, the track will sound unprofessional. It is a good idea to know how much you are ready to spend on the recording process. It will make choosing the facility and the producer easier and faster because you will discard all the options that don’t fit the budget. And finally, if you use instruments (your voice is an instrument too), prepare them for the session and ensure they are in their best condition. Change the strings on your guitar, tune it, warm up your voice, avoid drinking coffee if you are going to sing because it dehydrates the vocal cords e.t.c. Your preparation depends on your instrument but make sure it is ready to give the best performance.
Remember that it is OK to feel anxious and worried about your session because it is a big step for an independent artist. But with due preparation and the right mindset, it can be fun, exciting, and very rewarding. So keep your head up, and we wish you to have a great session!