Forming a band is fantastic, so is the time when you decide to make the first ever album. Recording an album is probably one of the first and most expensive things you will encounter as a band. You probably have an idea of your record plan for the album. Ideally, before you even start looking for recording studios to record the album, you would have a list of songs that you would be recording and have the pieces of music written for them as well. You must have a working budget for recording and marketing your album as well. While marketing is essential, the people who you market to should like your music and the price they play for your album. Getting time and slots at a studio is very expensive and challenging as well. Therefore, artists need to make sure that they use their recording time correctly and effectively to get the most out of their booked time and budget.
Recording studios are always equipped with some of the most awesome gear that you will need for your music needs. The equipment is excellent for any recording that you want to do at the studio and might not always mean the right thing for your kind of music or tastes. Therefore, before you go crazy with experimenting with the different equipment and seeing which one would fit your album at the studio, be clear with the producer and decide which equipment you would be using. Some producers will know what equipment will work best for your music and will be able to guide you. Sometimes, the producers might not understand your band and the music as much as you want them to, in which case, you will need to stop in.
Number of Takes
Even the best musician is not perfect. The chances are that when you are in a recording studio doing a full-length album, you will need to do multiple takes to get that ideal place for your song. One of the best ways you can ensure that you don’t waste time at the studio is to track the entire song even if there are several flaws. The producers can make sure to make a note of the parts that need working on and make the band perform the entire piece every time so that in the end, there are ways you can always pick and choose the parts that need to be cut out. If there is a small part that does not work out at all, you can consider working on just that part, in the end, to fit it in.
The producer will be the one who is in charge of the mixing process. Depending on the producer, you might be involved in the mixing process, or you might be left out altogether. During mixing, you will need to make sure that you remember that you are on a budget. Often, artists find that they can record faster, but the mixing takes time, because of the flood of ideas. Keep a clear mind of what you want to achieve and work on that only.
Once you have the mixtapes, you will need to work on mastering the final output. There are different ways mastering can be accomplished.
- With the same producer, or
- With a different producer
While it might be cheaper to work with the same producer for the sake of chemistry and understanding, some prefer not to. Working with the same producer could mean that you have someone who knows and understands you. However, working with a new producer means that a fresh pair of ears is listening and giving their opinions on the music – A great alternative indeed.