Know your songs perfectly!
That seems quite obvious, but you wouldn't believe how many times the guitar players and the bass player play notes 1/2 a step apart… Needless to say, that shouldn't really happen. An exceptional song/album does NOT start with an exceptional mix! It starts with exceptional performances!
Tune & have your instruments set up!
Again, pretty obvious, you don't want to have buzzing frets or your intonation all over the place. Drums also require tuning! If you don't know how to do it, look into getting a drum dial.
Practice slowly, to a click!
If you can't play it slow, you can't play it fast, there's NO EXCEPTIONS. The click is just common sense.
Don't be scared to simplify!
Something simple and well played will always sound better than something complicated and poorly executed.
Have extra strings, pick, sticks, etc…
Do you really want recording to stop because you broke a string, or can't find your pick?
Oh look, you're done with your take!
Now would you stop playing so I can hear the playback?
Hey I can't hear the playback!
Because, for some unknown reason, you don't seem to be able to stop playing!
Seriously, it's not all about you!
The bass has them… So know them.
Consult your guitar players (they're the ones still playing).
And make sure you're playing in key with them.
Bass strings are thick and the faster you pick the less the note comes out... and the more pick noises come out! Please understand that!
You are the foundation of the band, you need to understand the rhythm. Triplets and gallops are fundamentally different!
Record to a click
If you don't, there's no way to ensure the band is tight.
Take care of your instrument
That means don't smoke & don't drink.
Have your lyrics ready
Writing lyrics in the studio is a great waste of money.
What are your rates?
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How long does it take to record x songs?
This is totally up to you. Some bands take an unusually short amount of time to do their thing... some, a very long time. Generally speaking, the more complex, intricate and precise your music is, the longer it'll take.
Do you do track the entire band at the same time?
No, I do not.
Can we attend mixing sessions?
While you're more than welcome to come to the studio to check out the mixes, or to give me very meticulous notes, you can't attend the mixing sessions.
Do you record drums to a click?
Yes, please? I won't force you (though I'll explain the risks in detail), but please record to a click track!
What should we bring to the studio?
You're free to bring whatever piece of equipment you want. I have everything that most bands would need to record here, but if you want to record with your amp, your drumkit, etc… You're more than welcome to do so. Typically, most bands will only bring guitars and basses.
How much of a deposit do you need?
This will depend on the project length, but in most cases, a small ($100-$200) deposit is enough.