NOV 12, 2013

4 things to do before heading into a pro recording studio

So you’ve been plugging away at your music for a while now.

You’ve developed a fan base, written plenty of new tracks and recorded some nice demos on your laptop at home.

You’re ready to record some of your best work professionally.

But before you jump in there are a few things to do to ensure that your recording time goes off without a hitch.

Practice makes perfect

You’re paying for quality studio time. You need to make sure that you make the most out of every minute.

Before you go make sure you have plentyof practice. You should know the songs that you plan on recording inside out. Every vocal note. Every lick. Every snare, tom, and floor pedal.

If you turn up on recording day with a half baked idea then you’re wasting your own money, and the studios time.


If you’re in a band I’m going to go ahead and guess that you have tons of gear that’s vital to your sound.

Make sure that it all works. Then, set everything to how you usually have it when playing live.

It means you won’t be messing around altering knobs in your studio time.

And lastly, pack it all up safely. You don’t want it all to become damaged on the way to the studio do you?


Find out as much as you can about the place that you’re going to be recording in.

Who will be your engineer? How much time do you get for your money? How do you get there? Is there somewhere to park?

Arming yourself with plenty of info will help you avoid those stressful moments.

Set a target

Set targets for each day you spend recording.

This way, you won’t end up spending hours and hours on that one guitar track that sounds fine anyway.

Perhaps you want one specific song recording in two days? Or maybe you want to get the vocals down by 3pm?

Organising your recording time with targets will help you stay on top of what needs to be done and make the most out of your time there.

Your first time in a professional recording studio can be a little overwhelming to start off with.

But remember – failing to prepare is preparing to fail. 

Created on 12th November 2013
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