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5 Things Artist's Need to Know Before Recording

Updated: Mar 4

1. You must know how to record to a click track! Being able to play along with a metronome is absolutely paramount to producing a tight sounding recording. I advise that you spend hours practicing your parts to a metronome only before coming into the studio.


2. Know your song information. It will help with the editing and set up process if you know what key your song is in (for eventual vocal tuning) and your tempo/BPM (Beats per Minute).


3. Not everyone needs to track their own parts just because it is what they play live. Setting ego aside is a very important part of recording an album. Sometimes the vocalist is better at a certain guitar riff and sometimes the bass player is better at a certain drum part. At the end of the day what matters most is that the recording sounds flawless and is tight.


4. For optimal sound guitarists and bassist should change their strings at least 0-1 days before recording. This will allow for strings to settle and stretch yet still have that crisp new sound. I recommend Elixir Nanoweb strings or Daddario NYXL's with whatever gage you prefer. Also drummers should replace the beater side on all heads and replace snare top and bottom. Also make sure you have a port hole cut out of your kick drum for the "kick in" microphone.


5. If you have certain sounds and tones that you love or want to recreate please bring your gear so that we can replicate that whether it is an amp, effect pedal, wah, or other interesting noise or sound you would like to create. Also please bring ear buds if you have any (Not wireless). I have ear buds for you to use but most will prefer to use their own. Ear buds are best because they have the least amount of sound bleed into the microphones. (For drums and vocals.)


Christian the vocalist of Acacia Ridge Tracking Guitar

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