Session Prep

Preparing for recording:

 

Band:

  • Work out arrangements and parts prior to the session
  • If possible, supply a few tracks similar to what you’d like your recording to sound like
  • If available, provide any pre-recordings of your songs
  • Choose song tempos and key
  • Be well rested, properly fed and well rehearsed  

Drummers:

  • Change drum heads
  • Tune drums
  • Change snares if needed
  • Purchase fresh sticks
  • Replace any cracked cymbals or broken hardware
  • Pack and prepare any auxiliary percussion you may want to add to the album
  • Be well rested, properly fed and well rehearsed  

Guitar/banjo/ players and bass players:

  • Change strings and skin (if needed)
  • Tune guitar
  • Get your instrument set up or have your guitar intonation checked
  • Replace any fuzzy pots, bad jacks or broken hardware
  • Replace any bad cables and pack a spare cable just in case
  • Re-tube and re-bias your amp if needed (tube amps only)
  • Pack extra picks, tuner, spare guitar cable, extra stings and fresh batteries for pedals and active pickups
  • Be well rested, properly fed and well rehearsed  

Vocals:

  • Avoid drinking alcohol/coffee/high-sugar drinks, smoking and salty foods the day before and day of a session
  • Plan to record the best time of day for your voice
  • Be well rested, properly fed and well rehearsed  

Horns and woodwinds:

  • Bring extra reeds and slide/valve grease or oil
  • Have your instrument cleaned and re-padded if needed
  • Pack a tuner (if needed)
  • Be well rested, properly fed and well rehearsed  

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