• It Takes Time |How To Prepare For A Recording Session | Studio 101

    February 17, 2019 | Wade Nichols
  • It takes time.  Way more time than you think.  I have clients call the studio all the time looking for 3 hours.  Obviously national touring artists do not go into the studio and 3 hours have the hit you hear on the radio.  Here are the facts.  What ever estimate is, multiply it by three.

    First, there must be some kind of session set upAll the instruments must be set up, tuned, and miked up.  Their individual pre-amps must be set.  The instruments must be tuned.  So for arguments sake lets say that takes two hours.  Secondly, all of the tracking, overdubbing, and general recording of the song must take place.  Lets say that takes two hours.  Next, comes editing.  You want your song's timing perfected don't you?  Of course.  That will take another hour or two.  It takes time.

  • It Takes Time. How Long Is This Going To Take?


    It takes time.  Now the engineer must mix and master the song.  The song must be radio competitive.  So the time it takes an engineer to mix and master a song can vary.  It takes me from importing raw files, or after a band records their song, about three or four hours if I am uninterrupted.  So it may be in your best interest to let the engineer mix and master the song by himself. So you see that it takes time.  More than the initial call of three hours.  I stated earlier to multiply that initial ask by three.  The total would be nine hours three hours times three.  

    Now we add my estimations.  Two hours set up plus recording for two hours is four hours.  Add that four hours to the editing and that brings our total to six hours.  Lastly, add the engineers three to four hours to mix and master and you have 9 hours at the minimum.  Which is the initial three hour ask times three.  It takes time.  At Starsound Studios we have a ten hour minimum in all of our studios for this reason.