How to make the most of studio time: 5 tips for artists heading into the studio

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The Recording Artists’ Collecting Society (RACS) recently asked if I could offer some advice for artists heading into the studio. Here are my five tips on how to make the most of studio time. I talk about everything from the importance of pre-production and communication, to taking the time to find the best studio for your needs.

On the importance of pre-production:

Pre-production is a lot of work and it isn’t sexy. However, proper pre-production is the key to having a great experience in the studio. I think of the demo as a road map. It doesn’t mean you can’t explore, but you always know what the goal is, and where you meant to go.

Honest communication is also key — not just between band members, but also between the artist and the studio.

It’s always better that everyone (band members and studio staff) know the goals of the session. … Talk about albums you like with the studio staff. The more studio staff know your likes and dislikes, the better and faster they can get you on track to a great experience.

I also offer advice about instrument set-up, repair and maintenance, with specific tips for guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboard players, and vocalists. Tips on how to find the best studio for your needs include assessing the people, the space, and the gear. Above all,

Make sure you like the people. You’re going to be working very closely with them. The better you get along and respect each other, the better your recording will turn out.

Once you’re happy with the people, assess how the space feels. Acoustic properties are not as important as how comfortable you feel.

Last but not least,

Remember, nothing is sacred. That means that even though you did all that work on your demos, be ready to make some changes in the studio.

Read the entire article here: 5 Tips for Artists Heading Into the Studio – Catherine North Studios

About the Recording Artists’ Collecting Society (RACS)

RACS (Recording Artists Collecting Society)The Recording Artists’ Collecting Society (RACS) is a division of ACTRA that collects and distributes royalties for neighbouring rights and private copying to eligible recording artists. RACS represents more than 3,500 recording artists domestically and countless more through their reciprocal agreements. Since 1998, RACS has distributed more than $35 million to recording artists. For more information about RACS, visit their website at: actra.ca/racs