Basics of Recording

Many people don't know what to expect when they enter a studio for the first time.Here is some basic information provided by Denny Martin Music to help you prepare to create the music of your dreams!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


Engineer/Producer Functions:

Consulting- Find a talented and experienced producer that you can learn from.

Arranging- Very important function- that can make or break the song.

Charting- Pro charts are very important- players should play and not have to think.

Recording- Experienced and skilled engineer can make the entire process smooth and productive.

Editing, Mixing, & Mastering- Ears and Years! Experience knowledge and great taste is everything here.


What to Expect:

How much time to allocate to your project.

Keep to your funds budget. Know how much you can afford to spend in advance.

Keep time budget - Don't push the clock on a fixed bid deal.Prevent "scope creep" (know and respect the scope of the project regarding time goals budgets and expectations)

Travel Tips- Stay as close to the studio as possible.


Other Tips:

Arrange song for modern target market and chose appropriate demo vocalists.

Listen to producers suggestions Let go of your baby and you will see a huge difference.

Writing stops before production starts. Do not re-write on the floor.

Envision vocal harmonies during the writing process, this helps create great melodic lines.

Envision the instruments that will be used and share with the producer/arranger.

Create catchy short intro and outro ideas.

Record worktape with an metronome to gague feel and length, as it helps the singers.

Do not sing your own vocal tracks.

Important: sing your work tape vocals accurately as the singers follow them.

Record your work tape knowing that the band will hear it right before they record. Make sure that your playing and singing will not confuse them regarding style, tempo or mood along with the over all feel.

Send in your materials as early as possible.

Arrive at least 15 min before your session begins.

Respect the Professionals time- Don't waste it.

Always take two or three copies of your lyrics, and your work tape to the session.

Be open minded.. the professionals have wisdom and knowledge that you need.

Make notes on your lyric sheet, it helps in the editing process.

Definitely attend all sessions (recording and mixing) if you can. Remember to stay in the background, but hear what you want to hear.

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