When using a production house
When starting your production, be sure that your engineer/producer understands the purpose and intention of your song.
The worst thing to happen in a studio production is having a engineer/producer who doesn’t understand the songs purpose.
Speak to the engineer and give him/her the story behind the song. After all, the engineer is responsible for reproducing your sound. You’ll be very upset if your R&B song sounds like a country song.
Once you’ve explained the purpose and meaning of the song, step back and let the production team work.
Only interrupt your production if it is not going in the direction you want it to.
Don’t be too difficult. Make the production as easy as possible.
Using a Microphone
Microphone placement determines the sound quality of the instrument or vocal you are recording.
Vocal microphones vary and choosing the right mic for your vocal can make or break a song. So take the time to check out different mics and find your favorite.
Three steps to producing an album
- Recording the tracks (Recording Engineer)
- Editing/mixing the tracks (Editor/Editing Engineer)
- Mastering the tracks. This is putting the icing on the cake. (Mastering Engineer)
During production, record as many takes as possible. With today’s technology you can cut and paste all of your good takes together to get the ultimate track.
On the other hand, don’t get overly picky. The engineer will know if your take is good. As artists, we have a tendency to over-complicate things and stop the production flow. Resist the urge to your our own worst critic.
Finally, when the sessions are completed you need to have your own portable hard drive to save your sessions for future production edits or mastering.
- Make your intentions known to the crew and be open to suggestions.
- Work with the engineer and/or producer to get the product you desire.
- Understand your studio environment. Is it conducive to what your music needs are? Do they have the chops to produce you?
- Ask about the history of the studio?
- Don’t be overly picky or your album will never be complete. It is okay to state what you would like to have in your album, but learn when to let go.