Recording Tips

Before you go into a recording studio there are several time saving tips that can help you save money and sound better. Here is some "required reading" concerning problems that can be taken care of ahead of time to get the most from your recording session and require the least amount of fixing later:

Guitars: Put on new strings a couple of days before you come in, and try not to stretch them too much or it may knock your intonation out. When that's out, it won't give consistently good tuning no matter what you do. This usually comes from old, stretched strings that get thin spots in them which can easily be remedied by new good quality strings, followed by setting the intonation by adjusting the bridge so that if the string is tuned open, then it still is in tune when you chime it up an octave. If not, then your intonation is still out. Most guitar shops and music stores will be glad to help you with this for very little cost, if any. They can also identify other potential problems as well which might not be obvious to the untrained eye, such as necks that need adjusting. Bring your own amps that is. Your own rig can be further enhanced with what we have in ProTools plugins, or just recorded as is.

Bass: Same as above, but bringing your amp is not as necessary because we can often times get the best sound by going directly into the mixing console. New to like-new strings will always sound better, regardless. Important: If your bass has active electronics and uses batteries, it is very important to put new batteries in right before you come in because this can cause distortion in the electronics which we will not be able to remedy, unless you go back and re-record all the bass tracks with the problem resolved. Also be sure that your pickup has not been raised too close up next to the strings or it will also cause distortion on an active-pickup design (battery powered = "active").

Keyboards: Bring your own, and you're also welcome to use ours.

Drums: The most efficient way to go is to bring your own personal snare, kick pedal, sticks, and stool, and put them onto our vintage set of Ludwig Vistalites as needed. The full set is here if you want to just walk in and sit down and start playing, but bring whatever you want to make it feel more like home to you. We have a metal power snare and a wooden piccolo snare that both sound great that you are welcome to use if you like. Even a stool and sticks . . .

Vocalists: Be sure to drink water (filtered, hopefully - but NOT distilled) to hydrate your whole system from the inside out, up to a gallon a day if you don't consume much caffeine or alcohol, or more if you do. Reason is, they both are diuretics that will break the surface tension of the water in your system which will then cause you to expel too much of your water reserves and cause dehydration which causes your voice to go out prematurely. So in effect, drinking any alcoholic or caffeinated beverage will result in a net loss of water in your system. Being hoarse shouldn't be a problem if you are well hydrated. Being well hydrated can also help you keep from getting sick as often (and staying sick as long) and even helps keep excess weight off. Drinking water while you are singing is just not the same . . . that's approaching the problem from the wrong direction and doesn't work. The trick is to hydrate from the inside-out by drinking the above amounts of water spread out over the course of the day (NOT all at once! Drinking too much water at once can cause other physical problems you don't want).

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