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Preparing Rehearsals For Recording

Apr 4, 2008
Entering a studio is completely different to practicing or performing. It is a different art form and requires certain steps for the purposes of getting your tracks just right. In actual fact, it is such an art form that there are various musicians that only concentrate on being studio musicians due to the different techniques that are used. If you are preparing to record, then you will want to ensure that you rehearse in such a way that prepares you for recording.

The most important thing to remember when recording is that you can not miss a beat. If you do, then this will cause everything else to be off sync. Because every stage is usually recorded in layers, it combines the need to remain on tempo with the song that you are recording. It is imperative that you are aware of the tempo, and that you do not miss it when you are practicing a recording.

The second rule when recording is to rehearse with layers. While a majority of studios will allow you to record all of the instruments at one time, your instrument will be singled out for the purposes of getting the rest of the process correct. For this reason, it is important that you can move around with your instrument, and know the song not only forwards, but backwards also.

Consequently, always ensure that you have starting and stopping points that work well with you in one song. Specific points will be necessary whereby you are aware that it is possible to start again should the need arise to record over any mistakes that you may make. Recording will be made easier if you split your pieces and learn them in segments.

Something else which should be kept in mind with the rehearsal before recording, is that is it important that you know what to practice and know what can be plugged in. For instance, for the purposes of making a certain instrument sound louder, then sound and the quality of what you are playing can be manipulated by the production process.

Therefore, when you have all of these concepts in mind, you can then begin to consider how the blend will change when it moves into the studio. It is important to know how every instrument will fit in, even though they will be different on each track. You will also need to know what the possibilities of a balance are and what you wish the end product to sound like. This will assist you in determining the right sound and building the correct balance.

These simple hints and tips will ensure that your recording is smoother and it will be possible for you to follow your musical script to receive exactly what you require on each track. If you make the necessary preparation in this way, then you will discover that your abilities to record are much easier than if you enter a studio without any type of preparation. Time and space will be saved, and this will allow those who are producing your CD to have an easier time putting it together.
About the Author
Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of MusicianHome.com, a site that provides information and articles for musicians at all stages of their development.
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