Frequently, I'm asked for recording tips and/or advice on recording in the studio. Here is a very short, but helpful, list of things I've learned over the years for achieving great results in the studio... Happy reading and recording!
1) While levels are being set, sing your song on a vocal technique exercise. Provided you know the right exercise to use, by the time your levels are set, you should be vocally balanced and ready to record! Saving precious time and money.
For example, if I know a singer has a tendency to pull wide (or yell) in the top of their range, I'll suggest singing on Gee as the singers 'go to' exercise. If the singer is hesitant in the top resulting in a sound that is weak or nasal, I may suggest singing on Guh or even Gae (as in gap,) if the problem is severe enough.
Or imagine for a moment, a certain vowel/consonant combo such as the word 'won' is particularly challenging? Working the passage on similar phrasing such as Guh or Wae, followed by the word itself (won) and then finally with the lyrics, allows the singer to isolate the problem, access solutions, and minimize frustration.
Voila! Achieving results quickly in the studio is what it is all about.*
2) Singers are (almost always) more relaxed, emotionally invested, and singing 'in the pocket' by the end of a recording session. So most of the time, I will RE-record the first line or two of a song at the end of the session. Since it is the first thing a listener will hear, I want it to be compelling and commanding of attention!
Rarely, are the results not astonishing! Decision makers have very little time to dedicate to listening to new music. If interest wains, they'll either tune-out or move-on after only listening to a few lines. Next time you're in the recording studio, give it a try. You'll be glad you did!
3) Lastly, if possible, do FINAL listening back while cleaning up the studio of the day's trash. When inactively 'listening down,' is usually when Ihear something I can't live with and I correct it. Immediately. (Saving the regret of what if or if only!?)
Bonus Tip: If you are considering recording soon, schedule a vocal tune-up to insure your best, vocally. Remember, as singers we study technique in order to get beyond it and, ultimately, out of the way! To schedule a pre-recording consultation now, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
*I routinely equip artists with 'go-to' exercises for recording in the studio. 'Go-to' exercises bypass the brain and access the feeling brain (muscle sensory.) I further utilize these same methods while vocalizing artists prior to taking some of the world's biggest stages.