Tips on recording a song

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If you want to launch your music production career, the best thing to do is to record your own track. There are many misleading believes about the recording process. Many musicians believe that it is a costly process and that you can do it only in professionally equipped studios. However, we with disagree. Nowadays, it is easier than ever to record tracks at home, sitting in your bedroom. Even if you wish to do it in a professional studio, there are many options available, and you can choose the one that is in your price range. In this article, we will discuss how to get ready for the session, and things you need to know before going to the studio. First of all, let’s discuss the stages of production. 


Before you schedule your session, there is some preliminary work you should do. Make sure you and your bandmates (if you are a part of the band) know their parts by heart. The music studio is not the place to experiment. Of course, you can leave room for improvisation and creative process, but you should build upon a solid foundation. So be sure you know the basic part before going crazy with improvisations. Remember that time is money when you are at a studio, so make this time count. You should also think about making click tracks in advance or, simply, use a metronome to stay in sync with other elements.

Create a strong foundation

When you start the session, start with fundamental elements. These are usually drums, bass guitar, and rhythm guitar. These elements will serve as the basis for the rest of your song. After that, you can start tracking other instruments. During this stage, it is better to track one element at a time not all the instruments for one section. Because you will end up plugging and unplugging cables, which is time-consuming. So it is better to record one element for the whole track, then go on to the next element e.t.c. 

Another thing you should consider is timing and tuning. Any time you are ready to switch to another instrument, fix the timing of the one you just recorded, so they are perfectly in sync. The same applies to vocals. When you are done with the lead vocal, tune it to make sure that ad-libs or background vocals are in tune with the lead vocal. It will save you so much time during post-production.

After you finish the session song, it’s time to organize your tracks. You can organize them into categories such as vocal, guitar, drums e.t.c. This post-production work is essential because it will make mixing and mastering way easier. The next step is to mix and master your song. We do not recommend that you do it yourself because mixing and mastering require many skills and a lot of knowledge. So consider hiring a professional. Your mixing and mastering engineer do not have to be one person. It can be two different experts.

So here you go, tips on recording your own song. As you see, it is not as complicated as everyone makes it seem. Yes, it is hard work, but the result is definitely worth the effort. So don’t let the difficulties scare you away and go for it.

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