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Let’s first start by understanding when and why we need to create demos before going into the studio for a recording. 
As I’ve discussed in the previous blogs its very important to have your demo tapes ready, here’s why.

  1. Remove Ambiguity 
    Working with music can be an extremely subjective thing, what may appeal to you may not appeal to me, and when it comes to finding the right people to work with and put ideas across the best way to do it is through demos.
  2. Clearer Picture
    Music sounds very different played live as opposed to an actual recording, by creating demos you get a clearer perspective on the song and the arrangement and the right way to proceed with it.
  3. Improving Performance
    A recording gives you a clear snapshot of your performance, by analyzing a demo tape a musician can get ideas on how to better the performance in terms of dynamics and pitching and tweak them before they go into the studio.

Now let’s get on to the guide to recording the demos:

What you will need:

  1. A microphone
  2. Soundcard
  3. Computer PC/Mac

The first thing you would need to is to get familiarized with the software on which you will record these demos.
If you’re using a PC you can get a version of “Reaper” which is a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) with which you can record, edit and playback your recordings.

On a Mac, you can just get a copy of “GarageBand” from the App Store.

Step No: 1

Find your Tempo and Key. Play around with the metronome to find the right tempo that grooves with your song. Do the same with the key till you find the right Key that works for your voice.

Step No: 2

Record your backing instrument, this can be your guitar or piano or any other harmonic instrument that can be a backing for the melody. Record through the song and decide the structure that you want to keep. Let’s say for eg your song structure can be Intro:Verse:PreChorus:Chorus:Interlude:Verse2:Chorus: Outro

or Intro:Verse:Prechorus:Chorus:Bridge: Chorus

Step No: 3

Record and program in all the ideas and sounds that you can think of, or ideas that will work for the song. These can be multiple layers of Guitars or Vocal Harmonies. Just go along with it and add as many ideas that you can hear on the track. Play it back, listen to it and keep filling it in.

Step No: 4

 Once you have a layout with all the elements of the song in place, play around with the volumes and balance the tracks so that they fit with each other. 

Once you have a few demos that you’re happy with, the next step is to find a producer who understands your music and shares a creative vision with your music. 

Then you’re good to hit the studio and bring your record to life. 

What you need to know before you hit the studio

Today’s post is a quick run through of what you need to be aware of before you hit the studio to record. If you are a newbie and haven’t ever recorded anything in a professional studio, then read on!!

Plan your recording:

The first thing you need to be aware of in a studio, TIME = MONEY.

When it comes to recording your music, there are many ways to approach the execution. You might want to just produce a few ideas that you have in your head and record every element individually to have more control on the sound. Conversely, you might want to have the entire band in the room tracking live.

Communicating with the chosen engineer for the project makes sure that you an approach the process that is best suited for your song, making the whole recording process efficient.

I would suggest that you draft up a working budget for your song (gotta adult guys…) and find the studio that can give you give you the most value for your money. Once you know the rate (factor in the GST too), you know how many hours you have.  When you know how many hours you have, you can make decisions on how to best spend the time. If you are in a band, make sure each member has an adequate amount of time to lay down their parts.

Also, try and factor in some ‘experimentation time’ in your sessions. I have a few clients that do this. They will come in, record their parts, and once the base is set, experiment with their equipment, instruments, recording techniques and FX to try and create a sound that hasn’t been heard before. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. When it does though, it’s usually tends to become one of the artists’ sonic signature.

Ideally, recording in a studio should be fun and fulfilling for you as an artist. In my experience a well planned recording makes this possible.

Practice, Practice, Practice:

Artists sometimes knowingly, or unknowingly come in unrehearsed. Seasoned session musicians can pull this off, but it can be a nightmare situation for the average musician. The longer capturing a good performance takes, the more tedious the process becomes. There is also a chance the engineer will lose interest and objectivity listening to the same part repeatedly for a long time.

The more rehearsed you are, the more time the engineer and producer can take to work on the finer points of the performance.

Gear up:

Make sure your equipment (or voice) is in the best condition possible before you get to recording it. Here’s some advice on how you an go about it, depending on what your instrument of choice is:

  • If you are a singer make sure to have a regimen to take care of your voice and get enough sleep.  A rested voice in my experience is easy to work with and get a great performance out of. I would also suggest entering  the studio a little earlier to settle in and warming-up before the session.

  • Guitar & Bass players can prepare their guitars by shining their frets, conditioning the neck and changing strings a day or two before the session. Stretch your strings so that they hold tune better, and make sure your electronics are up to scratch. Fresh strings will have a zing & brightness that old strings just won’t have, giving you richer guitar sounds. Some people love the sound of a freshly re-strung guitar. I personally prefer the strings to be a few days old.

  • Drummers and percussionists can change their skins. This isn’t as necessary as new strings, since some aged skins can have a very characteristic sound that might work great for the song. New skins will give you a brighter, snappier sound.  Drummers should carry fresh sticks and moon-gel (or whatever you may use for damping).

You should make sure all of the above should be taken care of well before you enter the studio. If you come in and find out that your intonation is off, you’ll be wasting your time and thus your money.

Don’t come as you are, come prepared !!

Bring in some references:

Depending on which websites you visit, you will find that words like warm, shimmery, sparkly, muddy, bite-y are used to describe a sound. These words are incredibly subjective.

When communicating with your engineer, you need to understand that your bright can be very different compared to your engineer’s bright. Make sure to carry a reference that is in the same ballpark as the sound you are chasing. This ensures there’s a starting point to work from since you both are on the same page.

In closing

So we’ve gone through a few things you can do to prepare for your time in the studio. The above are your bare minimum basics to adhere to if you want a stress free recording. I can go on about how you shouldn’t walk in with distractions like drugs, alcohol or girlfriends but that isn’t very rock and roll is it? The important thing is to make sure you enter the studio in the best frame of mind.

And remember,

TIME = MONEY!!

Cheers,

Ronak

 

 

– Plan your recording with your Engineer / Producer:

When it comes to making a record, there are numerous approaches that can be taken to execute it, depending on if you want to record in a setup with the entire band or just produce a few ideas that you have in your head and record elements separate so that you have most control on the individual sounds. Communicating with your engineer makes sure that you can approach the process that is best suited to your song, making the whole recording process efficient.

Usually, most big studios have a huge mic locker so knowing the specifics of the recording also helps the engineer and producers choose the microphone and in turn the sound that they’re looking for. Also, planning your recording makes sure that you have dedicated time to record specific parts. Most recording studio in Pune usually bill by the hour, so managing your time is also easy on your wallet.

-Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse:

This one cant be emphasized more. Time in the studio is money, so if you’re under prepared the engineer/producer will keep asking you to do a better take until he gets what he wants.

Also, if you’re well prepared this gives the engineer and producer time to work on the more minute details than just fixing the performance and needless to say a well performed take will make your record considerably better. Our state of the art audio recording studio in Pune gives you a working environment that is calm and relaxed, allowing you to better concentration.

– Gear Up:

This one is equally important as the one above, making sure that your equipment is ready for the studio. You cannot get the sound you’re looking for if your equipment itself is not up to par. Things that you should prep before you come to the studio include:
a. Restringing your guitars (Preferably a day before your recording so that they have time to settle in)
b. Changing your skins ( Again, a day or two for the skins to settle in)
c. Vocals Warmups
d. Intonation

Make sure all the above mentioned things are taken care before you enter the studio, you don’t want to come in and spend 3 hrs trying to fix your guitars intonation. Working with the leading Music Recording Studio in Pune, we ensure that your sound mixing and recording experience goes smoothly and efficiently.

– BYOR (Bring Your Own References):

When it comes to the world of sound, lately, the terms to describe sound have become very subjective. Refrain from using words like warm, shiny, shimmery etc.
Instead bring a reference with the kind of sound you have in mind, make sure that the engineer understands what you’re going for in case you don’t have a producer working with you. This ensures that you’re both on the same page and the recording process doesn’t get hampered, cause like i said before a bad sound on the way in will sound bad no matter what you do to it in post production.

This way your definition of “Warm” is same with the engineers definition of “Warm”