• No Same Day Appointments – How Do You Prepare For A Recording Session Studio 101

    February 24, 2019 | Wade Nichols
  • No Same Day Appointments.  This should be a no brainer.  A lot has to be done before entering a studio.  We recommend a meeting taking place to go over every aspect of the recording project.  This is a business meeting.  Expressing expectations by both the studio and the client is very important.  Topics include the following: Timeliness, the amount of time involved, sounds created, parts to be recorded, delivery platforms, and the list goes on.  

    The client usually calls the studio and states that they only need 3 hours.  This may be true for their side of the equation.  The studio needs time as well.  That time could include: Set up, recording, editing, mixing, and mastering.  In previous blogs and videos we recommend ten hours per song.

    The set up process is the most valuable and arguably gets the least amount of attention.  Believe it or not, this is where your record sound is born.  I have heard over and over, we will fix it in the mix.  I am here to tell you that there is no such thing.  You really cannot fix a bad recording.  You just make it less miserable.  If you do not love the initial dry tracks you will not love the final result.  Care must be taken in the set up time that is why there are no same day appointments at our studio.

  • No Same Day Appointments? Well Now What?


    No same day appointments.  You guys are ruining the creativity and the spontaneous energy that I have.  That may be true.  You want your recording to sound like it should right?  You would like it to sound like it belongs on the radio.  Do you really think that a national recording artist just wakes up one morning and thinks to themselves, I'm going to the studio and make a platinum hit.  Time, planning, energy, and effort went into developing that song to the point that it could be taken to the studio.  Not before hand.  It is super hard to catch lightning in a bottle.  It can be done, but it is really rare.

    Success comes from planning and knowing what to expect.  That does not happen driving down the street and deciding to call a studio.  A studio that is worth their weight in gold would not schedule you the same day.  Business has to happen first.  Going to the studio is not a spur of the moment activity, going out to eat is.  Even then, you may need a reservation.  That takes planning and forethought.  It is even more critical when recording.  That is preserved forever.  Do you really want to apologize for it every time you play it for someone?