Few things are as exciting for a musician as booking recording time in a top-notch studio. With luck, you will walk away with a tangible recording of your art, which will give you a better way to share your songs with friends, family and talent scouts.
But all too often, studio newbies make mistakes that doom their recording before they play the first chord. Be sure that you get started on the right foot by avoiding the most common mistakes musicians make when visiting the recording studio.
1.Don't Confuse Studio Time with Social Time
Resist the urge to invite your friends, family and fans into the studio – they will only divide your attention and take your focus away from the music. The only people that should be involved in the process are the musicians, the recording studio staff and your manager, if you have one. If your loved ones demand the chance to visit, have them do so at the end of the session, during the mixing phase.
2.Don't Leave Important Equipment at Home
Few rookie mistakes are as costly as leaving important gear, instruments or equipment at home or at your practice space. You will not only have to invest time in retrieving the forgotten gear, this type of disruption is counterproductive to the flow of the session.
3.Don't Battle the Engineers and Producers
Once you have a few top ten albums under your belt and a few Grammys on your mantle, you can tell the producer and engineer how to do their job. However, at this stage of the game, you must rely on their counsel to have any chance at success – follow their advice and be grateful for it.
4.Don't Bring Unfinished Material into the Studio
Artists working on their record label's dime often use studio time to write and revise their music, but if you are paying for your own recording time, this is a poor use of resources. Schedule your studio time far enough in advance to ensure that you complete the writing process before starting to record.
5.Don't Act Like a Rock Star
You may be a talented musician and your band may one day go on to be quite successful, but, as of today, you are only a struggling musician, who cannot afford to act like a rock star. Be humble, professional and friendly to endear yourself to the recording studio staff. Contact a studio like Coming Home Studio for more information.