RECORDING CHECKLIST

GETTING SHIT DONE

1. KNOW YOUR SHIT

    Practice – Practice your songs and then practice them again.  No really, did you practice?

    Lyrics – Does your song have words?  Do you know them?  If not, bring a copy.

☐   Click Tracks - if you plan on using one in session, practice and know the tempo of each song.

   Reference Mixes – for those who already have a general sound in mind.

    Communicate – discuss your ideal sound with the studio and engineer to ensure a good fit.

    Rest – be well rested before the session, you’ll thank me later.

    Show Up – mark your calendars and set reminders so you arrive on time and ready to go.

2. BRING YOUR SHIT

    Guitar/Bass – have new strings, picks, cables, batteries and electronics in good working order.

    Amps/Speaker Cabinets – bring ‘em unless you’ve made arrangements to use the studio’s gear. 

    Drums – bring extra sticks, new heads and spares, oil pedals to eliminate squeaks.

    Gear – such as effects pedals, tuners, patch cables, synthesizers or keyboards, etc. 

    Headphones – studios have ‘em but if you have a pair you love bring ‘em. 

   Food/Refreshments – check with the studio to see if anything is provided or allowed. 

3. COOL YOUR SHIT

    Relax – recording is fun!  It’s possible to get shit done and still have a good time.  

☐    PMA – keep it positive and support your band mates during the session.

    Respect – respect the studio and don’t be a slob.  Pick up after yourselves.

   Breaks – step away every few hours to rest your ears and reset your perspective.

4. OWN YOUR SHIT

☐   Listen – pay attention to playbacks.  Avoid distractions such as phones, etc.

☐   Be Constructive – talk to your engineer and make your opinions count.  It’s your recording.

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© 2020 by Kevin Early | Early Recording | Bealeton, Virginia 

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