Top 5 Tips for Recording a Song

 

Recording your songs properly can be a significant investment in both time and money. We hope these top 5 recording tips will help you to get the most out of your recording session!

1. Make sure the song is ready!

This is by far the most difficult step, the one that most people get wrong, and the most important step by a light year or so. It pays to go through the song with an expert and others whose opinion you really trust to iron out any problems with the structure, the lyrics, arrangement and other factors. It is best to get advice from a professional, friends will often tell you they love a song so as not to hurt your feelings or embarrass you, but that doesn’t help you to improve the song! Don’t be too precious, be open to ideas that can help the song be better. After all, it doesn’t hurt to try new things, you can always go back to the original version if you don’t like the changes, but at least give them a chance.

2. Hire a producer!

There’s a good reason why successful artists and record companies hire the best producer they can - because the producer can make all the difference between a hit record and a dud! Most studios will supply an engineer or assistant engineer with the studio, but a proper producer will help you get far more from your recording. Find someone with a good track record, whose productions you like, and who you trust and get along with. Then place your trust in them and follow their advice, and make sure that they listen to you too.

3. Don’t try to do too much in too little time!

Remember, It only takes one or 2 brilliant tracks to launch your career! On the other hand, no amount of "ok" or "average", or even "good" tracks will ever get you anywhere. So don’t spread yourself too thin! Instead of trying to record 12 songs in 2 days, do 1 great song in the same time and do it properly. It will end up being of much more value to you than the 12 crappy tracks you could have recorded in the same time.

4. Ask yourself what you want to achieve with the recordings

If you are paying to record, there are really only 2 types of recordings worth doing. The first type is an extremely quick, simple and cheap demo to get your idea down. If you really think about it, you can probably do this at home or at the rehearsal studio for no money. The second type is a finished, release quality master that is as good as you can possibly make it. If you are aiming for anything in between those 2, you are probably wasting your time and money.

5. Do your research!

Listen to what else is being released in your genre, and find out what is popular and why. Choose some reference songs and take them with you to the studio. You might like the drums from one song, or the keyboards in another, or just the vibe of the track. If you take references with you, your producer and the other people working on the track will have a clearer idea of what you are trying to achieve, and you can reference your song to them to see if you are getting what you wanted. Use the references to let your producers know where you see yourself sitting in the market.

 


 

So that's our top 5 tips. There are probably several more that we could add here, but that's for another time. We hope you found this helpful, and we would like to wish you good luck with your recording!

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