What to Expect When You Book a Recording Studio Session

Recording Studio

Booking your first recording studio session is a huge moment for any artist. It’s a sign that you’re progressing in your art and that you’re ready to tackle the next level. However, there’s much more than just personal rewards and satisfaction; your recording studio session is meant to help you improve your skills, fine-tune your sound, lay down professional tracks and help you to be more creative. With that said, we’ve got some tips and information on what you can expect when you book a recording studio session. This will help ensure you get the most out of the experience.

Create a Plan and Stick to It

Experts agree that one of the most important things to do once you book a recording studio session is to come up with a plan that you will stick to. Because you pay for this kind of studio space, you want to be sure that you get your money’s worth. You need to go into the booking with the mindset that you will be working and there will be no downtime. It’s shocking how fast the time will fly by, so make the best of it.

If you are part of a band rather than a solo act, the plan needs to be communicated to all members. The goal should be that you can start recording and be productive the moment you step into the room. Consider such things as:

  • How many songs do you want to record? (Be realistic about how much you want to get done).
  • How will these recordings be used?
  • Will you require multiple studio sessions?
  • Should this be a practice session, or do you want to produce professional results?

What Is the Cost?

Budget is often a limiting factor, and this particular situation is no exception. You will likely want to look into the cost of the studio before booking a spot. You certainly don’t want any surprises on the day of your recording. Some musicians also need to use a professional sound engineer if they’re not able to do it themselves. If that’s the case, you need to inquire as to whether this service is available and, if so, what the added cost is.

Look into What Equipment/Gear Is Supplied

Because not all recording studios are equal, before you go ahead and book, it’s wise to research what equipment and gear will be supplied in the studio. Does it have everything you need? Will you need to bring some items? Do you know how to work the equipment supplied? You’ll want to go with a reputable studio where all the information can be found either online or over the phone. For example, Pirate features recording studios for rent in several locations, including a soon to be opened Dallas music studio. This Dallas music studio will include such equipment as condenser microphones, a MIDI keyboard and an active monitor. The goal is to provide musicians with a productive and quiet space that is perfect for their recording needs.

If there are items and equipment you’re not familiar with, it’s best to learn as much as you can before your recording session. You don’t want to waste any time once you’re in the studio space.

Consider Touring the Space First

Some studios will offer the option of touring them before you make a booking. This can be perfect for anyone new to the scene, as it gives you a real sense of what to expect. In turn, this will help you plan better. Touring the space will also alert you to how modern it is, what the vibe is, how much space you’ll have in the studio, how busy the place is, and more.

Are There Different Types of Studios Available?

If you’re able to tour the facility, this is a great opportunity to check if there are different sizes and types of rooms. This is useful information before you book the space. If you’re a solo artist that doesn’t require much gear, then a small studio space likely doesn’t matter.

Is the Studio Known for a Particular Type of Music?

This question can probably be answered by doing a little research on the studio’s website, but dig a little deeper and determine if there is a particular type of music or music genre that it seems to specialize in. Why does this matter? Well, if you can listen to some of the recordings the studio has churned out, and it’s in your chosen genre, it gives you a very good idea about quality. It goes back to the fact that not all studios are equal.

Only Bring the People Necessary

In terms of who should be there for the recording session, you want to keep things as tight as possible and only have those who are necessary in attendance. Everyone else can wait and listen to the recording after the session. Having too many people in the studio space will make it feel crowded and confined, and it can act as a distraction.

Get Rid of Any Distractions

Speaking of distractions, it will be important to ensure you get rid of as many of them as possible. These will prevent you from being productive, throw you off track and even affect your creativity negatively. Distractions can be anything from people to background noise to your smart device.

Stay Hydrated and Fueled Throughout the Session

It doesn’t matter if you have a one-hour session, or you’ve booked space for the entire day; it’s also important to stay hydrated and fueled. This means drinking lots of water and bringing high-energy snacks that are quick and easy to eat. Hydration is even more important for vocalists, as you will need your voice to be in tip-top condition.

If you’re ready to book your first recording studio session, all this information will ensure you’re well prepared. The more you learn, and the more you prepare, the more productive the session will be. As long as you remember that not every studio space is the same, and you are specific in what you need and want, you’ll be able to make the best of it.

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