Be Prepared for your First Time at the Studio
For a first timer going to a recording studio in London can be daunting, especially as each studio has their own way of getting things done. To help you feel at ease and prepared for your time at Fluke Productions I have created a short check list to help you before and on the day:
- Arrangements: Rehearse your songs thoroughly before your day at the studio, making sure all band members know all their parts to each song that you plan to record. This means that you can focus on the recording process and get better production values as the individual recordings will hopefully run smoother
- Instrumentation, Scores and Lyric sheets: Please make sure that your scores and lyric sheets are written up and brought to your sessions. Think about the different vocal parts, like backing vocals and harmony parts, before sessions as it will help direct the session into the direction you want. Also, think about any string arrangements or percussion that might be needed – and don’t be shy to let us know if you want extra support in the form of musicians or vocalist before the day of recording to help give your track more impact. We have a wide number of musicians on our books just for this situations!
- Less is More: Your recording is not the time to try out or show off. A simple part, played well, tends to be more effective than a self-indulgent solo. Harsh but true! Remember the song is the most important thing, not your playing.
- Equipment: To make the most of your session in our recording studio in London, turn up on time with your equipment checked and ready. If you’re new to the area make sure you give yourself enough time to deal with London transport. On our side we promise that we will be there getting set up so you can start punctually. Bring everything that you will or even MIGHT need: spare strings, plectrums, batteries, leads, etc. Otherwise, you can guarantee that the item you forget will be the one thing you need. Test all your gear the day before just to be on the safe side.
- Click Track: We highly recommend that you play to a click track, as this keeps the tempo even through the song and also makes the over-dubbing process more straightforward. It also means that track editing is easier and more accurate. We cannot, for example, take a bass phrase recorded during the first verse and copy it to the last second verse if the song speeds up, so playing to a click gives you more flexibility at the production stage – simply, things can be achieved faster.
- Mixing: Once all the recording is done, the next stage in the recording session is the mixing. Mixing is where we apply EQ (equalisation) and dynamic effects (e.g. compressors, expanders, noise gates) to each track, and set the correct track volume relative to all the other tracks. We also decide where each track should be panned in the stereo mix for the arrangement to gel and to highlight certain aspects of the arrangement.
- But most importantly enjoy your session! There’s a lot to think about, but one of the most important things – if not THE most important – is to arrive ready to enjoy your session at our London recording studio and have fun.