Before You Go to The Recording Studio
At this point, you have completed each of the preliminary steps or
phase one. Now it is time to start using microphones and pro-audio
equipment. This is also where the process can get astronomically
expensive. You should do a final check to make sure that you have
crossed all of your T's and dotted your i's. There are pertinent
questions that you must ask yourself, before you setting up
microphones. Here they are in order...
1. Who is producing this record?
It is very important that you designate a producer, because it is
impossible for us to hear each others thoughts. Everyone involved in
your project will have an idea (in their mind) for what the recording
will sound like when it is complete; and those ideas will not be the
same. We must adopt one person's idea, and have everyone involved
working towards it.
2. When will the project be completed?
In Fall of 2007, Michael Eisner (former CEO, Disney) gave a lecture in Phoenix, AZ. He explained a concept he had developed
called creativity in a box. The concept is simple: people are more creative when adjusting to limitation. As simple as it sounds, it
actually explains why so many independent recording artists never complete an album. For the sake of quality, they do not want to
limit themselves. However, without adjusting to limitation, a recording is never finished. If the recording studio charges $50./hour
and your budget is $1000.00, then you must be done in 20 hours, it is that simple. The record producer (once designated) needs to
be a realist about the time frame. Rather than trying to find more funding, come up with a plan to be done in 20 hours. Dealing with
that kind of limitation is the fuel that will feed everyone's creativity.
3. Where will the project be tracked?
It is the digital age and today's independent recording artist has lots of inexpensive recording options. Not only can we multi-track
record, but we can transfer digital audio files easily from one location to another. So, if time and budget are a concern (which they
always should be based on the creativity in a box philosophy), you can save by changing locations. You may have picked an
expensive studio for the piano in their tracking room. However, that does not mean that vocals must also be tracked there. Plus, a
different location may ever sound better!