Make the most of your studio time - Part 2
Blog by Louise Dodgson under Recording & Production
We return with Part 2 of the blog kindly contributed by Mark and Dave of Rofl Audio giving you the lowdown on getting the most out of your studio time. If you missed the first part covering pre-production, tracking, and weighing up the advantage and disadvantages of various recording options, then read Part 1 of the blog here.
One of the major pitfalls bands make when booking their studio time is underestimating how much time is required to mix. The last thing you want to do is spend a week recording and getting the perfect takes only to hamstring the mix engineer by not allowing enough time to make it sound good. Mixing can be just as important as the recording process in making a professional sounding recording and the amount of time spent on this part should reflect this.
Speak to the studio. Most studios will be happy to keep working on your mixes until you are 100% happy. Identify whether it is a problem with performance (wrong notes), recording technique (too much bleed), mixing (something is getting lost in the mix) or mastering (everything sounds squashed and lost its dynamics). Once you have identified this, you will be able to constructively go back into the studio and perfect your song. Whether or not the studio will bill you for the extra work will depend on the nature of the issue. Performance errors, rushed mixing due to running out of time or budget or decisions that you have changed your mind on will be down to the studios discretion but be prepared to pay for the extra work. If the issues are down to the fault of the studio or the engineer then be sure to discuss this with the studio as they will more than likely want to remedy any problems. Just remember the worst thing to do is to run to another studio badmouthing the other one without attempting to remedy the situation as both parties will end up out of pocket. The studios are in the business of creating the best out of your music so it is in their interest to ensure you are happy with your product and that your music is the best it can be.
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