Always be prepared for the recording stage. Rehearsed musicians that know exactly what they are playing will decrease the time spent recording, allowing more time for getting the best performances and sounds.
Always warm up before recording, use new guitar/bass strings that have been played in for at least an hour, use new drum heads that have been stretched in and tuned enough times to stay in tune during sessions.
Vocalists rest the voice before and after a recording session, ensure the voice is warmed up properly an hour before you get to the recording studio, and again before the sessions start.
If you are not recording with me at the studio, please ensure the following guide is applied.
- Use the best Microphones and the most suitable for the Sound Source.
- Use the best Preamps, Interface and Recording Equipment as possible.
- Spend time getting the best sound at the source before recording.
- Ensure all recorded signals are clean/noise free and in phase with each other.
- Ensure that each recorded audio signal has a strong input volume level, but nothing is clipping.
- All Guitar/Bass instruments have their dry/unprocessed signal recorded on a separate audio channel.
- Ensure that no effects, EQ, Compressors and processing are recorded as part of the raw audio. If they are being used for colour on the way in, also record an unprocessed send for options later on.
- We recommend recording and working with a session sample rate of 48kHz/24bit (or higher).