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In the Studio
With J.T Baker
So, you are headed to the studio armed with an arsenal of new tunes and ready to record
your greatest album ever. Well that's great news we can hardly wait to hear your next
offering, but first lets see if we cant make this process a little easier. I am going to
assume that you have already done all your pre-production notes and are well-rehearsed
and ready to play. So let's start by finding a recording studio that will fit your needs.
If you play country, you probably would not want to record in a studio that specializes
in Hip-Hop recordings. And vice versa. The same would hold true for your engineer and
That said, let's start with the roll of producer.
The producers roll is somewhat
hard to define. The job of producer is to bring out the very best in the artist and act
as liaison between artist and engineer. It as also the producer's job to determine what
takes to keep and when to move on. Sometimes it does not make sense to continue to press
when things are just not going right.
One problematic song can weigh down the entire recording process. At times it is better
to move on than labor too much. Please don't expect a member of your band to act as
producer. And please don't expect that an engineer can act as a producer. During normal
sessions the engineer is way to busy for that. If it is your intention to use someone
in the band as Producer you must be aware of the pitfalls.
Producers and Engineers usually speak the same language. (
This is just a ploy to make the artist feel insignificant)
If your producer and engineer can't communicate clearly this is going to be trouble.
Please don't try to produce as a band. If you have four people all trying to produce
and all trying to communicate with the engineer at the same time, your record risks the
chance of being doomed.
Lets move on to the engineer.
The engineer's job is quite simple. Capture the artist's energy, that's, it nothing to it.
But make sure the engineer is capable. The engineer should have a good grasp of the
equipment he or she is using. Never assume that the engineer on your project has worked
at the studio your are recording in.
A lot of studio owners and managers use freelance engineers, most of the time these
engineers are quite good but every once in a while that's not the case and. The point
is it is very important to interview the engineer before you record with them.
Ask about other projects they have worked on. Every engineer I know has just about
every recording they ever worked on (unless it sucked) ask to hear some of the
projects they engineered. Trust me they wont be insulted. Most engineers are proud of
their work and love to show it off.
Now lets talk about you. The artist and most important piece of the puzzle. It
is essential that you are well rehearsed and ready to play, as the artist you are footing
the bill for this endeavor. It does not matter if you are "signed" or not. You should be
able to show up on time and ready to roll. Don't overextend yourself; be realistic about
your goals. General rule of thumb is 10 hours of recording per song. This does not
include mixing. It still amazes me how some bands think they will get Eight to Ten songs
done in a weekend. This is just not possible. Don't try to change the ending of your
song on the fly in the studio. If you do you are setting yourself up for failure.
Remember the Producer and engineer want you to succeed, they want to be able to say hey
I worked on that project.
Now do us all a favor and get going. The recording studio is your friend, don't be
nervous and don't let all the flashing light intimidate you. Just go in play have
a good time and I will see you on the podium picking up your Grammy.