Going professional is a big step ahead. It is normal to be nervous. It is the step that’ll take you closer to your dream. How about we run you an easy checklist to look out for when selecting a recording studio for the first time?
Here’s that checklist:
1) Know your music
You definitely have something in mind. All that you need is a studio that understands what you want to present to the public. This will take a good amount of time and effort but the end result will be worth it.
2) Go by the guidelines
Both your time and money are precious. If you don’t have guidelines and a proper schedule to go by then you’d end up wasting valuable time in the studio and money for the same doing nothing. The band and musicians are most likely to chit-chat in order to get attuned with each other.
Prepare a schedule keeping this in mind.
3) Song arrangements and sequencing
If you are looking forward to recording an album then you would definitely want to do that in some sequence. You cannot jump from one genre to the next or change the style of singing midway. This is where you group your work and align it as per recording schedule.
4) The right mixing
You are looking forward for your song to come out in a particular way while the musician has set it in a different tune. In order to avoid this, all you have to do is looking into their previous work and understand their mixing ideas. Mixing at Songmill Studios is mostly like a jam session with acoustic feels in the air.
5) Review your recording budget and stick to it
It is very essential that you stick to your budget. As you will go in the higher levels of recording, you’d want to add more elements to your songs which might become quite expensive if you don’t control your urges for more. Your budget should cover both, the mixing as well as tracking sessions in the studio.
Given that it is your first time, it is acceptable that you are nervous. But don’t let that determine how you sing and do other things. When in doubt make sure that you ask questions. And lastly, be yourself throughout the process.