28 Feb 2011 Road to Maximizing Studio Time Efficiency
So... You are a musician with talent, drive, and some business smarts to boot. You managed to scribble down some chords and lyrics and now you’re on your way to the studio with a tight budget to lay down the “bed tracks”. Sounds great! But how can you make this a success?
Here are 3 essential points to consider:
* Prepare your arrangements and practice! Don’t expect to be the pro you’ve been dreaming of since you whistled your first note, because according to a study, it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to get there. http://www.infoniac.com/science/it-takes-10,000-hours-of-practice-to-become-a-genius.html Instead, prepare your arrangements well in advance (even if you don’t have the lyrics completed) and practice to a point where your muscle memory will do the job, not your brain.
* Create a recording plan! Unless you’ve recorded 100s of songs, your best source of creating a plan is your producer who is armed with the experience to give you an idea of how long each project will take. You can then create a short term recording plan for the immediate session (which instruments to record what bed tracks, scratch tracks for the lead instrument, etc.). Once you know what’s left to do, you have your second session plan already outlined :)
* Cut down on set-up time! I’m not suggesting taking your drum kit in one piece, because you’ll likely break it in transit. Instead, speak to your producer to see if they’re able to set-up and sound check the day before the actual studio session. That will shave off at least 2-3 hours depending on how much work is on the table.
Our band Evry7th managed to lay down the bed tracks to 6 songs (drums, guitar, bass) in 7.5 hours. Contrary to what you may think is possible in such a short amount of time, if you follow these 3 tips, the quality of the overall product will not be sacrificed.
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