3 super tips for a productive studio session

Everyone gets excited about being in the studio, and rightly so, as it is a very exciting place to be! When you are there, you're there because you have musical ideas that you're wanting to lay down and turn into a great song! Whether it's the entire song you are creating or even just recording your vocals, you can sometimes fall into the trap of not being as productive as maybe you should be, especially when given access to all the equipment you need! Here's how to maximise your productivity, whilst still having fun!

1- Be prepared!

I have been in many studio sessions and the most productive ones, with the best results, have been when the people involved are prepared. I cannot stress this point enough! Imagine you are a top recording artist and your budget for your album is being eaten into. Every minute in the studio usually costs money, and if you are not prepared, you are paying to hang out in a nice room, with nice equipment that isn't being utilised as it should be! What a waste! Even if you're not paying for the studio time, you should appreciate the opportunity and use it well, many people would kill to be in that position. Whatever your role is, make sure you are ready to do what is required of you. If you're a singer, make sure you're warmed up and you know the lyrics and the melody at the very least! Michael Jackson used to warm up 2 hours before a vocal session in the studio, so if it was good enough for him, it's good enough for you! Of course, the more you do, the more productive your session will be i.e. Working out any Adlibs you might want to lay down.

2- Create a comfortable environment!

Studios can be exciting, but after a while you might get bored of being in there (it happens!). That's why it's important to be comfortable in your surroundings, especially if you're going to be in there for a long time everyday for a week! Many people like to dim the lights, especially when they are recording vocals. Candles are great when this is the case- especially ones that smell nice! Also, flowers are nice and bring a room to life a little. Some people like to see posters of their favourite musical influences. Also, don't forget, if you like to drink a lot of water, have some around, as well as your favourite snacks! Whatever it takes to make you as comfortable as is possible, do it!

3- learn the language and don't be afraid to use it!

Many people settle for whatever is given to them because they are scared to speak up! Perhaps you're not comfortable with the way your voice sounds in the headphones when recording your vocals. Is the track too loud? Does your voice sound nice? Do you need any EQ, compression or reverb? If that last sentence made no sense to you, take the time to learn what those things are, why they are used and what your voice should sound like with them applied! Once you have done that, don't be afraid to ask for what you need! If you're not recording yourself, you will be recorded by an engineer or producer. Learn to speak to them with confidence about the sound you need in order to give your best performance. Don't be shy, as they are there to record you and make you sound amazing!

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