Singers Tips for the Recording Studio

Good morning, Fellow Singers! Everything singing is back this month with tips and techniques for the recording studio. This is one of the most sought after moments in a singer’s career and we would never want to go in unprepared.

 

  • Song choice: Song choices are a difficult decision for the singer and thier team to make ALWAYS. My advice to you, if you’re going through this right now, is to be PATIENT. Take your time. Everyone is going to have a different opinion when it comes to which song they like best. Take a poll with all your professional and non-professional friends and make your final decision based off of those opinions. Pick your favorite (only 1) of your songs and then pick the songs that are the most liked by all to complete your EP or album.
  • Preparation: This is one of the most ill conceived steps before the big recording date. So many times I get requests from singers, a week to a few days BEFORE their recording date, to work on their songs. And 100 times out of 100 when the singer comes in to my studio with the songs they are going to record, they are unprepared and it will take much more than just 1 lesson to get them to the level they need to be at. My advice again is, BE PATIENT, take your time and allow at least 2-3 months of weekly lessons with a hollywood vocal coach to get those songs to the best performance state they can be in. Recording is not cheap. So unless your best friend has a recording studio and is willing to give the studio, engineer, producer, mastering, tracks and musicians for free – make sure you prepare your performance even if it takes a little more time than expected.
  • Producer: There are so many producers out there – of all levels and price points. DO YOUR RESEARCH. Don’t just go with the easiest choice because it’s a friend or they’re cheap. Unless you have a band and you and your band are going to record all the songs live, there is going to be much that goes behind completing this album. Pick a couple of your favorite artists and their albums and research who produced your favorite songs. You may not be able to afford the producer who did those recordings BUT you will be able to find a producer, based off of their library of work, who will be a great fit for your sound.
LisaPrattSings1417.jpg: Operation Rising Star winner Lisa Pratt, wife of Capt. Matt Pratt who is stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., records a song at DMI Music's Firehouse Recording Studios in Pasadena, Calif., on Feb. 1. Photo by Tim Hipps, FMWRC Public Affairs

LisaPrattSings1417.jpg: Operation Rising Star winner Lisa Pratt, wife of Capt. Matt Pratt who is stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., records a song at DMI Music’s Firehouse Recording Studios in Pasadena, Calif., on Feb. 1.
Photo by Tim Hipps, FMWRC Public Affairs

There are so many facets to preparing yourself for the ultimate – singing in the recording studio. Make sure you’re patient. Make a check list and be organized about your product. Recording studio’s are exciting and one of the greatest points in an artists career. If your organized and prepared it can turn out exactly how you imagined. Goooood luck! Everything Singing will be back with more tips on the recording studio… Stay Tuned J

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