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    Studio time is not cheap. Even if you are backed by a label, chances are you don’t have the budget to lock out a recording studio for weeks on end, so it is super important that you get as much out of your studio time as possible. Check out these tips below to help you achieve that.


    1. Budgeting Time and Money

    Before even contacting a studio, you should have an idea of how much money you are willing to spend and how much time it will take to record your project. Most studios offer an hourly rate for recording, mixing, and mastering, which you can often find on their website.

    1. Have a Vision for Your Project

    Are you recording a full length? An EP? Knowing what format you want your project to be in is crucial. If you have the budget for an EP and book a studio accordingly, deciding halfway through recording that you want a full length can really detract from the final product. You will end up rushing to finish your full length within the pre-booked time.

    1. Researching Engineers

    Find an engineer that can help create a sound that you think will fit your project. If you’re booking studio time for your grindcore band, an engineer that mostly works with pop artists my not be the best fit (but hey, sometimes these crazy combinations turn out to be amazing!). Find out who is recording your friends band or ask around the scene. Check out the engineer’s credits, but most importantly, listen to the final products for the production quality, not necessarily the music itself.

    1. Choosing an Appropriate Studio or Room

    Depending on the studio that you choose, they may have a couple different sized rooms that can vary in price pretty drastically. For example, your three-piece garage rock band can record in the less expensive 12’ x 12’ room, instead of the more expensive room that can hold an entire classical orchestra, and still end up with a nice sounding project.

    1. What Do You Want the Studio to Do for You?

    In a perfect world, your project would be recorded, mixed, and mastered in the studio. Unfortunately, the budget doesn’t always allow that. For example, if you decide that you want to record your project yourself, but have it mixed and mastered in the studio, you are allowing more money to be put in to those parts of the process.

    1. Make Sure Your Material is Completely Written

    Before you step foot in the studio, your songs should be completely written, arranged, and ready to record. Trying to add a bridge to a song or trying to change the lyrics to the song while in the studio just eats up your time, and as a result, your money.

    1. Have a Rough Demo of the Songs You Want to Record

    If you have a way to record rough demos of the songs you want in your project, do it and give them to your engineer before your session. This gives the engineer the opportunity to hear your style of music and allows them to come up with ideas of what microphones to use and how to set you up in the studio.


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