Begin with prayer.....
Always remember the gifts and talents you have come from God.
The Role of the Producer.....
At all sessions there is one person who has the final responsibility for the music and the
production. It is the producer's job to oversee the recording project as a whole, including
the creative direction and the business aspects.
The right producer will greatly enhance the quality of your project because he functions as
an objective partner. The producer's job includes ongoing evaluation of the recorded
performances with respect to how they fit together to create the best, highest quality end
product. With the "big picture" in mind at all times, the producer is able to take the project
from the first run-through all the way to the final master.
If you need some production guidance or help, Randy has 10+ years of production
Preparing for the sessions...
Vocalists, know your vocals. People singing background vocals that do not sing any lead
vocals, must rehearse the pronunciation and intonation closely with the lead vocalists.
What sounds perfectly acceptable live can sound pretty ragged when exposed to the
intense scrutiny of the recording studio. Rehearse group entrances and the cutoffs at the
end of long held notes. The lead vocalist should direct the cutoffs, with the other singers
watching the leader's lips.
Guitars and basses, bring your own instruments to the sessions. If you are an electric guitar
player be sure to bring your own guitar and amplifier to the session, and bring your favorite
amp-modeling pre-amp or effects too. There is no guarantee that you will be able to get
"your sound" on different equipment from what you normally use. Bass players generally do
not need to bring their amp and speakers because they usually record direct through one of
our pre-amps or direct boxes. Put new strings on your guitars one day before the session
so they have a chance to stretch out. Make sure you tune guitars several times so that they
get used to being at the correct pitch. Check your 12th fret notes vs. harmonics and adjust
your bridges accordingly.
Keyboardists should bring their own keyboards and keyboard stand. Bring your owner's
manual, power supply, pedals and cables.
Drummers need to bring their own sets unless you use our electronic set. Remember that
microphones will be very close to each drum and the smallest rattles and buzzes can ruin a
take. Make sure the heads are reasonably new, and the pedals do not squeak.
Don't bring friends to the session who are not directly involved with the project. They will
take your attention away from the recording, and cost you quality and dollars.
Know your music completely. The more prepared you are, the better your recording will be.
The studio is not a rehearsal hall. Nail your performances. The best sounding recordings
are generally the best prepared. Do your rehearsing at home. If you have a home studio of
any type, record your entire project on your boom box or 4-track at home. Doing this will
reveal unforeseen problems and will provide a good reference for the engineer to hear your
direction when you get to the session.
Remember, recording should be fun. Relax and enjoy your recording experience.
Servant Music Studio can help you with the individual attention and planning your project.