Five Ways To Make The Most Of Recording Studio Time

April 10th, 2013 by
Peak Meter

5 Ways To Make The Most Of Recording Studio Time

The following blog is by a special Guest Author and presented in collaboration with www.selectrecordingstudios.co.uk

Make The Most Of Recording Studio Time

Whether you’re about to record an album or making a demo that you can shop around to record companies, studio time is a significant investment – so it pays to do everything you can to get the most bang for your buck. It’s essential to carefully plan and organise your time so you don’t waste a minute and end up with nothing to show for a day’s recording. Follow these simple steps to get everything you can out of time in the recording studio and end up with results you love.

1. Get Studio Versions of Songs Prepared

There’s a huge difference between live performance and performing in a studio so make sure you’ve checked your arrangements and worked out how best to record your song. Creating succinct, tight versions of your song will afford you the best results and save time in the studio too. If you’re trying to promote your band, then a sloppy demo is not the best way to go about it. The more slick and professional your demo is the more likely you are to be picked up.

2. Set Studio Time Goals

You’ll have a set amount of hours in the studio but whether it’s a day or a fortnight, treat it like a job and carefully map out your time. This is especially important if you need to accommodate other musicians flexibly. Once you’re in the studio time will fly so it’s much more effective to have a concrete timetable than a loose plan.

Choose one or two tracks to work on in a day and don’t be tempted to squeeze more in if you don’t have any longer. It’s much better to complete two songs perfectly than end up with a bunch of half finished recordings. A three minute song could take three hours to record so it’s unlikely that you’ll finish a whole album in a day. However, there’s always the chance that you’ll get things done more quickly than you expected so make contingencies for any time you have left by preparing a couple of extra tracks just in case.

If you’re working with a band then make sure they’re aware of your plans and understand what your expectations of them are. That way there’s far less likely to be confusion over which songs to learn or which instruments to bring.

3. Opt for Professional Mastering

Mixing is usually done by engineers within a recording studio but mastering is an entirely different process. If you eliminate mastering from the studio time you have it can allow you to fit in more. You can get your recordings mastered at a later date but make sure you enlist someone with the skills and experience you need. Although professional mastering is a separate investment, you’ll end up with better results than you will if you try to do everything at once.

4. Eat and Drink

It may sound silly but when you’re caught up in the moment everything else goes out of the window, but forgetting to eat and drink certainly won’t help your performance. If you want to maintain your energy levels then choose healthy foods that release energy slowly like wholemeal bread, porridge and brown rice. Avoid high fat, high sugar foods as they will give you a burst of energy followed by a slump. Keep hydrated with plenty of water and if you want to stay on your toes avoid drinking alcohol.

5. Pick the Right Studio

Embarking on your first recording studio session can be daunting so look for a studio that caters for your needs. Most studios accommodate amateurs and professionals but will incorporate differing levels of service. A good studio will have friendly, helpful, well-qualified staff who will be able to talk you through the recording process and put you at ease. They’ll also be able to help you find ways to improve your performance and offer advice on recording techniques.

You’ll find useful information on the majority of recording studio websites about the kind of work they do and some will even allow you to listen in to recent recordings so you can get a feel for the type of result you can expect.

Bonus Tip

If you’re feeling a little intimidated by the idea of a recording studio session then pay a visit to the studio before it takes place. Staff there should be happy to give you a tour and let you familiarise yourself with the surroundings and what will happen on the day, which will help you to feel more at ease when you finally come to record.

So if you’re set to become the next big thing make sure you start off on the right foot and follow these tips to ensure that your recording studio session is a rousing success.

About the Author:

I’m a fifty something technical director with a passion for the food industry and blogging.

I’m happily married with two grown up daughters.

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Margaret Thatcher Dies: Welcome To The Afterlife (Zombie Thatcher)

April 8th, 2013 by
Afterlife dedicated to Zombie Thatcher

Welcome To The Afterlife Mrs. Thatcher

Welcome To The Afterlife Mrs. Thatcher

This morning (8th of April 2013) Margaret Thatcher died after suffering from a stroke, or after a strike according to the epic typo from the BBC news website which can be seen below. I don’t really have much of an opinion on Thatcher’s politics because it’s not very easy to sort fact from fiction. A lot of people hated her, a lot of people worshiped the ground she walked upon. Having not lived through the larger part of her time in power an opinion I may have wouldn’t be very valid. But Soul Sanctuary would like to welcome Margaret Thatcher to the Afterlife, being our catchphrase and all. And wanted to share this awesome Zombie picture of Mrs. Thatcher in all her glory, eating flesh and swallowing souls. We would also like to dedicate our video Afterlife to the Iron Lady in her moment of passing.

Funny typo about Margaret Thatcher on the BBC News website:

Margaret Thatcher dies of Strike according to BBC News

Margaret Thatcher died of strike according to the BBC News website

“Welcome to the Cemetery, you’ll walk with grace amongst the dead. Living in a world that’s completely dead inside. Welcome to the Afterlife!”

What do you think about the death of Mrs. Thatcher, were you one of her supporters, were you one of her haters? Did she do anything good or bad for you while she was in power? Should we dedicate more blogs to famous people that have died? Let us know in the comments below. 🙂

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Chuck Norris has chucked his beard. All hope is lost! Beardless Chuck jokes incoming?

March 21st, 2013 by
Chuck Norris is beardless

Chuck Norris is beardless, he just doesn’t look right.

Chuck Norris shaves his beard, no third fist found

Behold a photo you thought you would never see in your life time. Chuck Norris has lopped off his ginger face pubes, revealing the wrinkly old man beneath and it isn’t a pretty sight (Also there is no third fist to be found as once claimed by many a Chuck Norris fan). Oh please Chuck grow it back, grow it back now! This recent shot of Chuck was published by Den of Geek. He looks so odd, Certainly not the sort of bad ass dude that we all know as the legend of Chuck Norris. I can only imagine now there is bound to be a relentless stream of beardless Chuck Norris jokes on the horizon. Do you have an beardless Chuck Norris jokes? Let us know in the comments below.

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Google Doodle in Memory of Douglas Adams: 11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001

March 11th, 2013 by
Douglas Noel Adams

In memory of Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001)

So today is the 12th anniversary of the death of Douglas Adams, one of my favourite comedy authors of all time. Famous for works such as the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, which started life in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy show, before being developed into the infamous five book “trilogy”. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy sold more than 15 million copies during his lifetime, and was adapted into many formats which include a short lived BBC TV series, a movie (Which does the book almost no justice at all) and various comic book adaptations, one of which my father and renowned comic artist Ian Gibson was commissioned to draw.

There was also a homage to Douglas on the front page of Google today.

After leaving university, Adams moved back to the city of London. He was determined to break into TV and radio as a writer. During the early part of Adams career he struggled to make ends meet even after appearing in Monty Python’s Flying Circus and working at BBC 2 radio. To keep himself afloat he took a series of odd jobs, some of which included work as a hospital porter, barn builder and chicken shed cleaner. He even found work as a bodyguard for the Qatari family, a family of rich oil barons.

Adams continued to write, with little success of them being accepted for publication. His work was few and far between. He saw improvements in his opportunities, but they were mostly short-lived.

In 1977 Adams pitched The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to BBC Radio 4. According to Adams, the idea for the title The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy occurred to him while he lay drunk in a field in Innsbruck, Austria, gazing at the stars, though he joked that the BBC would instead claim it was Spain “probably because it’s easier to spell”.

Douglas died on the 11th May, 2001, aged just 49. The cause of death was a fatal cardiac arrest which took place during his regular workout at a private gym in California. He was unaware he had been suffered from a gradual narrowing of the coronary arteries, which lead to his tragic and untimely death. Douglas had been due to deliver the commencement address at Harvey Mudd College just two days later. Adams funeral took place on the 16th of May 2001.

In 2011, over 3,000 people took part in a public vote to choose the subjects of People’s Plaques in Islington. Adams received 489 votes. As a result, it was decided to erect a plaque in Adams’s honour, on a date yet to be announced.

Douglas Adams was a true master of the written word, his talent was lost far too young. If you haven’t read any of his work, I highly recommend picking up one of his books.

Here is a cool video of Douglas Adams giving a presentation in his home town.

Douglas Adams Tombstone

Douglas Adams Laid to Rest.

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