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Session Tips

First & Foremost… Be Prepared, Know Your Material

Spending studio time rehearsing a tune is a waste of time and money and can bleed energy from the performance. If you anticipate doing overdubs, take the time to figure out the parts before the session. “Feeling it out” while tracking can be effective but takes time.

If you are a vocalist, it’s best if you know your lyrics by heart. Reading as you perform distracts you from your performance and tends to pull you off mic-axis.
Do what it is that you do to warm up your vocals before recording, singing scales and arpeggios, for example. This helps to loosen up your vocal chords and improves pitch accuracy and tone.
Guitarist should have new strings on their instruments, but preferably a day or two old with a bit of playing in since brand new strings need to stretch to avoid tuning hassles and also sound ultra bright and “brittle” (Just my opinion). Have a set of spares. Also, check intonation to (once again) avoid tuning issues.
Drummers should also have reasonably new vellums. Check that no loose “bits” are causing rattles, etc. as microphones are extremely sensitive. The live environment can be really forgiving and much can slip through the cracks whereas the studio brings weaknesses into sharp focus.

It’s a good idea to discuss your plan and vision with the studio engineer so that all parties can be well prepared for the day’s ahead.
Be prepared for a bit of set up time. Check out what you can do to use your time constructively while other band members are busy. e.g. a vocalist can warm up his/her voice while the bassist is doing some overdubs, or a guitarist can change that broken string and work it in while the vocalists is tracking a lead vocal.

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