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Today, recording technology is very affordable and many musicians have some level of equipment at home for capturing new ideas or recording demos.  However, nothing comes close to the experience and quality of recording at a professional studio.
There are many reasons to use a studio:
• Studios have much higher quality equipment.
• At a studio, you’ll have an experienced engineer that knows his equipment inside and out and can handle all of the technical details, leaving you to focus on the music. 
• Studios are acoustically designed for recording and will give you an accurate and immediate listening experience. This will allow you to capture precisely the sound you want.

The advantages of recording at a studio are all superior to recording at home, except for the cost.
So what is the best way to keep your cost down?
• Find the most professional studio with the most affordable rate (psssst—it’s Onion Street Studio!).
• Prepare, prepare, prepare. Artists that come fully prepared will have recording sessions that are more enjoyable, more productive and much less expensive.

Rehearse as if you’re recording

• Depending on your experience, singing into a microphone may take some getting used to. If you have access to a mic, it would be a good idea to practice with it before your recording session.

• Studio microphones are very sensitive so it helps to practice as if the mic is picking up every bit of sound in the room:

• If you are usually animated, you might want to practice staying relatively still in front of the microphone.

• Practice with a click track or metronome. This will help in all phases of the process, thus saving time and money.

• If you are using a sheet music or a script, try to prepare so that you will not have to turn any pages or rustle any papers during the recording.

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Five Tips for the Best Recording

• Mentally block out all of the microphones and gear surrounding you. Stay relaxed and play naturally. Put emotion and feeling into your performance.

• Stay focused. The studio is an expensive place to party. Refrain from drinking and other recreational activities. Dont invite guests to your sessions they will only serve as a distraction and may try to inject their opinions. Avoid unnecessary phone calls. Stay focused on the task at hand.

• Do more than one take of every song, but limit it to 5 takes. Odds are if you havent hit the performance you are looking for in 5 takes, you are not going to. Move onto another song and come back to that one if time allows.

• LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN! When you think you have a song in the can, come into the control room and listen to each take of it before moving on. Do not assume a take was good enough without listening to it just because it felt right. Get the sound and performance you are looking for. Dont assume that you can fix things in the mix.

• Consult with the engineer and producer before recording with effects. Defer to the engineer / producer in terms of recording process and performance.

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"What I Wish I Had Known Before Recording"

• The drummer should arrive 30 minutes before the rest of the band to allow for proper set up and undivided one on one between the drummer and the engineer. Good drum tone is crucial to a good sounding record.

• After the drums have been set up and sound checked, if it is a live recording situation the rest of the band will set up and sound check one by one in an order set by the engineer or producer.

• Stow all instrument cases and other items not needed for the session either back in your car or in an out of the way nook of the studio. Keep the floor space as uncluttered as possible, and set up allotting a comfortable amount of space between band members.

• Wait in the control room while each member sets up individually and is given their sound check. Keep talking to a minimum to allow the engineer to focus and hear everything that is going on in the soundcheck.

• After everybody has been soundchecked, a headphone soundcheck will be conducted. In a similar fashion, the engineer / producer will proceed one by one inquiring what each person needs in their headphone mix.

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