Being Prepared

Winnipeg Recording Studio Mixing Board

So, you are super stoked or even a little nervous about your upcoming studio recording session. Now we can’t help you with nervousness except to tell you not to be. We try to make the environment as relaxed as possible. As well it is no big deal in this day and age to make a mistake…we just delete and begin again.

There are 3 basic kinds of mistakes

1. the ones only you notice

2. the ones other musicians notice

3. the ones everyone notices

Of course it may seem obvious that the types of mistakes we should be most concerned with might be number 3 and the least being number 1. But if you are going to have to live with it you might not want to cringe every time you hear that little thing that no one noticed but you.

While recording, 2 things are important regarding mistakes. One, a mistake only you notice is not worth stopping for and two, mistakes can’t always be fixed later and always sound better when played and sung right rather than relying on “fixing it in the mix”.

A missed word can be overdubbed easily but a drum fill fail cannot for example.

Another way to beat nervousness prior to your session at River Heights Music Studio is to be prepared. Knowing your songs seems a simple enough way to be prepared. Have your lyrics memorised (really important that you sing toward the mic and not toward a music stand). Also helpful, know your material from any point (really helpful if you want to ‘punch in’ from some mid point)

Instrumentalists can be prepared in the same ways but on top of that new strings for guitars and basses, new heads for drums. How new? Well if you can’t remember the last time you you changed them… But don’t be changing them the night before, perhaps the week before. While drummers might be able to get away with just changing the snare head and maybe the toms, guitarists should not just change the bass or treble strings and never just take off the old ones and boil them (wrong old myth that one).

Another way to be prepared is to be in tune. We recommend the new clip on tuners but an iline tuner is fine. �They don’t interfere with the signal path and allow you to tune at every break. We have seen folks plug in and tune at the being of the recording session only to be out of tune at the end.

In the end be prepared to make the experience fun!