Believe it or not, if you're engaging a recording studio to record your next single or EP, you're actually playing the role of the music producer! Most studios charge an hourly rate, so preparation is essential to save you time and money in the long run. To help you skill up to the challenge, here are a few tips for when the producer is you...


It’s important that you, as an artist, has a sound. Or at least, a sound, style or genre for that song you’re about to record. Understanding this will help you to work out how approach the recording. For example, Hip Hop or EDM is usually programmed with sounds and samples. Blues or rock, on the other hand usually require live instruments or a band. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, but once you fully understand the rules, you’ll know how to break them. It’s always a good idea to at least talk it over with your recording engineer. They may well have worked on similar projects and should be able to advise you on the best way to achieve what you’re going for.


If you’re using session musicians, it’s a great idea to record a demo that will really knuckle down your arrangements and ideas. You can give it to them to learn and they can hear the sound you’re going for. This is especially important if you’re sure of exactly how you want your song to go. Good musicians will be able to learn your song to the last riff. It will ensure you get exactly what you want and will save time at the rehearsal and studio session.


Nothing wastes more time in the studio than writing ideas or being under rehearsed. If you’re the type of artist that likes to create a synergy with the other musicians. Your time would be much better spent allowing your song to find its sound, in the rehearsal studio. The recording process is so creative in itself, you’ll be missing the opportunities to shape your sound if you’re learning or writing parts! It’s so much better being able to choose the best take of a few than one version that sounds unnaturally pieced together.

So far we’ve covered tips in preparing for your recording. In our following post, we’ll look at the recording and the mix process…

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