How to Get the Most Out of Your Studio Time

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR STUDIO TIME

If you’ve never recorded in a studio you may have some questions or concerns, such as “How do I get the most out of my expensive studio time?” or “How can we prepare for our recording session?”, and finally, “What can I do to make sure we are as productive as possible during our session?” These are all great questions to discuss with your bandmates before heading to record your new song, EP, or album. Don’t worry, we’ve got some tips and tricks here from our studio team to help you get the most out of your studio time!

Show up well-rehearsed

First up, studio time is not practice time! Practice time is FREE, studio time is not. This may seem obvious, but it is oftentimes overlooked. One of the best ways to use your studio time wisely is to show up well-rehearsed! Most likely the songs you are recording are freshly written by you and/or your band, which means you may not be as familiar with the song structure as you would be with a song you’ve played a hundred times as your show closer. In the weeks before the session make sure you and the band sit together and run through the songs you are going to record. This gives you all the chance to get on the same page and make any song structure or lyrical changes now before getting to the studio. If you have practiced the songs enough times that you have it nailed while playing all together in your garage, you will have no problem nailing it in the studio!

Come prepared

Next, come physically prepared for your session. Think ahead about what you might need while you’re recording. Most studios are equipped with instruments, amps, and other gear that you can use, but you may still want to bring your own instrument with you. If you are already accustomed to your own drum kit, guitar, or bass it may be a benefit to record with the instrument you play the most. You always have the option of trying one of the studio’s instruments of course, if yours just isn’t cutting it, but it’s probably pretty tough to run home and grab your instrument in the middle of the session because you didn’t take it with you. Some other things you may want to think about bringing with you include: guitar picks and straps, a drum key and drum sticks, your own cymbals or amp, your pedal board, in-ear monitors, a water bottle, some snacks, a tuner, a notebook, a camera, and your phone charger.

Bring your ‘A’ game

Lastly, bring a good attitude! It can be overwhelming recording in a studio for the first time. Bring a positive outlook and have fun! The session will go much smoother if you and your band are excited and happy to be there. Be patient with each other and listen to the engineer, they are there to help make your vision come to life. Keeping things lighthearted and fun will help keep the band in a good head space to be making music. After all, music is about having fun and if you have a blast and give it your all while recording it will translate to the music! Just like it will translate badly if the band is in a bad mood and fighting during the session.

Hopefully, you found some of these tips helpful! Happy recording!


Rachel Leonard

Rachel Leonard

Prior to joining the Sweetwater Studios team, Rachel curated pro audio–related content for YouTube videos at Reverb and also ran live sound as the house engineer at Penny Road Pub in Chicago. Her experience working on so many genres of music — including classical, jazz, choir, metal, singer/songwriter, rock, funk, and others — has made her a vital member of the studio team.

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