Six Things to do Before Your Recording Session

Updated: Feb 9

Here's a true story about recording a song for the first time.

Isabella loved her song and always sang it well. She’d performed it live many times, but when she got into the studio, the producer asked questions she didn't know how to answer.

Right off the bat, she felt like an idiot -- it knocked her off her game.

Anyone new to song recording runs into questions and situations that they haven’t experienced before.

Read on to learn Six Things to do Before Your Recording Session.

Audio recording for songwriters

1. Make sure you’re in the right key.

Experiment with your song to make sure the key is best for your voice. No matter your range, there’s a “sweet” spot for your voice. Try out your song in several different keys and see which one works best for your voice. This doesn’t have to be over-technical. If you write with your guitar, switch keys with a capo. If you write with a keyboard, just hit the “transpose” button. Or just sing a cappella and find the key on any instrument. Once you’ve found that key, write it down. This will enable everyone working on the song (from the engineer to musicians) to quickly adapt.

2. Make sure you have the right tempo

Just like the key, there’s a sweet spot with the tempo. If you have a metronome, use it. I HIGHLY recommend practicing your song with a metronome. It will make things so much easier on the engineer if you’re confident playing with a click track. Find the best bpm for your song and write that down too. The engineer will appreciate it as at least a starting point for recording.

3. Make sure your instrument is ready

Put new strings on your guitar. Fix any buzzes. Put new heads on drums. Make sure everything you plan to use in the studio is working well. Nothing eats up valuable studio time like a poorly prepared instrument.