Solid planning, Magnificent recording!!
Before any recording process takes place it is essential to have done all your planning first, our team went with Trello to document the gear and equipment available in the studio and to also compare gear and equipment used in reggae recordings. The combination of the studio equipment list, band gear and research helped build a solid pre-production plan.
It is very important to assign roles for every team member and to stick with them as much as possible throughout the session as to minimize down time, confusion and hazards. In professional studio recording sessions the band will be charged an hourly rate or would have been quoted a full day price, so the team need to be on the job and be able to keep the session flowing at all times.
To avoid any down time in the studio session it may be easier to have half the team take a lunch break while the others keep tracking the band or take the lunch break at the same time as the band, but have the team get back into the studio before the band return to enable a smooth flow back into the recording process.
Sometimes splitting the team up into 2 groups (one team first half of the day, second team next half of the day) can work but if its a studio that a team have never been in before it may be best to have all your team members in so that everyone knows what gear and settings are being used.
Arriving before the band and knowing what equipment to use and get ready will save time and minimize hazards and confusion. Make sure you always have a floor plan, microphone list and input list clearly written out along with any additional information needed for the session and print a few copies for the team and also extra ones to place around the studio to avoid looking for one.
Prior research of gear and equipment can help beginners get a better understanding of the tools that are to be used on the day which will also help in a speedy setup and smooth transition for getting a great sound rather quickly.
Professionalism in recording environments
Some things to remember and apply in this type of work situation are:
- Push yourself to achieve higher than standard qualities, your team and more so the band members will be able to see and HEAR the difference immediately.
- Be trustworthy and reliable, try your best to complete tasks that have been assigned to you and if your struggling ask someone for help or advice, remember that time is money and in this case it is the bands money so there is no point just standing there trying to figure it out.
- Always be accountable for your actions wether they are good or bad, if someone notices something really great its ok to mention that you have done it and dont be afraid to own up to something that you may have done thats not so great, both of these show that you are truthful and constantly applying your knowledge and able to learn more.
- Always be respectful, friendly and polite, this will help create a fun and smooth session, if the musicians can see you smiling and enjoying the vibe it can help create a positive recording environment for the band especially if its a long days work.
- Familiarize yourself with the surroundings, go in each room and take a good look around, see where the equipment is located and take a look at where you think it should be moved to if it needs to be moved.
These are just some points to take in and put into practice, if you can show some of these skills they will definitely be noticed and will help create a healthy work environment. These skills will be noticed by the band, your team leader and anyone else present in the studio and will definitely lead to more work and most likely your name will be mentioned to others that work in the creative industry.
Good business and legal knowledge!!
*This is NOT related to the band we recorded although we did present documents explaining the legalities of the recording session and master recording*
When you are involved in ANY field that requires goods and services you need to know exactly what the correct procedure is when presenting documents, making collaborations and involving money. If your not sure of what the correct procedure is you can quite easily and quickly find the right legal information. The internet is a great starting point to help you know what is right and what is wrong. Take time to do your research in this area and get your documents spot on. Have a lawyer read over them and assist you so that all parties agree on what is being asked.
There can be many types of contracts for audio work so make sure you know exactly which one you are writing up. Is it acceptable for someone to ask you to cover their electricity bill? If your paying for theirs who is paying for yours? Complications can arise when work takes place on an international level, if you have communication with one person and that person is communicating to others on the project sometimes it may be easier for them to keep it that way especially if you have already started communication with that person and made some form of verbal agreement first.
It is bad practice for you to conduct business without knowing the proper legal procedures of the business. Some great advice we came across was to not do ANY business with someone who doesn’t know the legal side of their industry, that way you can instantly avoid frustration, abuse, anger and miscommunication. Always remember the creative industry is forever growing and blooming with fantastic talent and one persons loss could well be a great gain for you elsewhere.
“If you both ain’t smiling and aren’t happy don’t do it…SIMPLE!!!”
Stay tuned for a blog on the T-Rhythm TAPE PROJECT recording, mixing & mastering process… coming soon!!!
Anon, (2016). [online] Available at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140831053426-77080879-10-golden-rules-to-professional-ethics-in-the-workplace [Accessed 27 Nov. 2016].