Welcome to Phantom City Studio Recording Studios in Orlando, Florida
If you are not prepared before entering a recording studio you might run into trouble.
You want to be mentally prepared and physically prepared:
On the mentally prepared part, you want to practice your songs as well as you can, so you can play
them in as few takes as possible. And physically, obviously, don't forget to bring your amps and
guitars. A lot of people actually assume that a studio's just going to have everything, but it won't. So
everything you want to use, you have to bring.
In the studio, time literally is money. Remember you are renting equipment and hiring an engineer
to get a job done. Before you enter the studio, calculate your recording budget. Since you will be
charged by the hour, planning how much time you need is the most important part of budgeting.
When you book the time, talk to the engineer about exactly what you want to do. He does this
recording thing for a living, so he can also help you predict how long it should take.
"Always schedule extra time -- more than you think you'll need, because you might need it."
Each song is going to take at least 3 hours. Even if it doesn't, that is probably a good bet.
You should plan to give yourself enough time to do the job finish in your allotted time.
As a rule of thumb, less is best. If you're going for high quality recording, you should attempt fewer
songs than you think you can finish in your allotted time.
If you just want to bash out 9 songs, that doesn't leave much time in your budget for more careful
and complicated overdubs, so you'll get a more raw product at the end. It could take a whole day to
get a song really nice, or you could do 9 songs in one day. So think about that. Doing too many
songs isn't necessarily bad if it's what you are prepared to do. Again, you need to be rehearsed
before you enter the studio.
If you have 3 songs and one of them you think is the best song you've ever done and two of them
you think are...not as good, so you should definitely work on the one you want to finish first.
Because you might run out of money and then your favorite song wouldn't be done. That's a
Make sure to allow an equal amount of time to mix your songs as you allow to record them. Even
the best performance will sound terrible if you don't take the time to mix it properly.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SNACKS
"You might be spending 8 hours in the studio and you're going to mix it and whatever that day. You
want a CD by the time you leave there, so you're not going to want to go out to Burger King every 5
It's important to bring supplies to the studio. You should be prepared for long hours of hard work
in the studio, and that means you will probably get hungry. You have to budget for snacks as well.
Munchies--like goldfish, pretzels, combos, peanuts--are always popular. You can also bring
something more substantial to make in the studio, like bagels and cream cheese.
If you are going to sing, it's best to drink something that is not too cold and not too sugary --both
will tighten up your vocal chords.
If you have the extra cash, you can always get a pizza delivered to the studio; that's always a fun
WORKING IN THE STUDIO
"Don't assume the engineer is going to make you sound the way you want. Take an active role in
talking about what kinds of things excite you when you hear them. Otherwise you'll get the generic."
So you're rehearsed, you've got your money, snacks, gear and you're ready to go. You've talked to
the engineer about what you want to do. But recording is an environment like no other, so make
sure you are prepared. First and foremost, the studio is about getting a good sound on CD. This is
very different than a live performance, where acts of extremism, such as jumping around or
smashing your guitar, communicate an emotional reaction to the audience. In the studio, those
things may not result in the best sounding tape. So concentrate on playing well.
Power comes from subtlety and finesse rather than from more loud guitars. Power is in quality
tone rather than quantity of guitar tracks. Power is from careful planning, not just loud things." In
other words, thumping that bass note extra loud doesn't help you in the studio -- you're just going
to have to re-record it.
You can go into the studio with a general idea of how you want your recording to sound, but it is
important to be open to experimentation. Don't let your abilities as a live band limit your chance to
add interesting parts in the studio.
Don't get reactionary. What worked well in the demo may not now. Listen as you go. Don't expect it
to go as planned -- change your plan as you go. Respond to what you're hearing rather than what
you think you want to hear. At different times during the recording, some members of the band,
especially singers, will spend a lot of time sitting around while other members record their parts. It
can be a bit tedious.
You'll probably be sitting in the control room, so it will be a temptation to chat with the engineer.
Remember you are paying him your hard-earned cash to work. So bring a book, magazine or
some other silent activity to do while you're waiting for your turn to record.
You have to really come together and become a team in the studio -- you can't be working against
each other. People who are not usually put on the spot are going to be, and you'll be hearing them.
Try to go easy on them. For some people, it's embarrassing to hear themselves -- especially in a
recording that picks everything up. Don't be freaked out by that.
You should ask your fellow group members if they want you to leave the room while they are
performing solo, such as during a vocal overdub. Some people get very self-conscious and it is
better to leave them with the engineer to do their thing. Some people really won't want you there
when they're belting out their soul, as I know from personal experience.
Remember to relax...
Make sure you are happy with your song before you leave any recording studio...
Don't forget to tip your engineer...(=
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