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Hi Kids! Welcome to Uncle Jordan’s session preparation guide! Here, you will find all sorts of interesting stuff that will help you make your experience at Studio J all the more pleasurable.

Music:

  1. Practice your arrangements as much as you can outside of the studio. You’d be amazed at how time flies when you are trying to work out why your bass parts and guitar parts don’t match. Although, it is immensely satisfying artistically, it is not necessarily a good thing on the clock.

  2. Be prepared to spend more than the time it takes to play the tune on the recording. It is amazing to see how many people believe that the session will be as long as their set. Remember that there is mic’ing time, getting sounds time, warm up time, performance time, realizing “it doesn’t sound like I thought it would sound” time, freak out time - and then it is lunch time. See my point?

  3. Understand that the session will be broken into sections. The basics (drums and bass) could take hours. Then there are guitars, keyboards, etc before the vocalist goes on. Be prepared to do a lot of sitting around. Bring something (quiet) to keep yourself busy.

  4. Speaking of vocalists... you may have to sing the same part a number of times. You may want to bring the lyrics in large print for yourself. After awhile of singing things over and over, nothing means anything anymore.

  5. Know your song intimately. Understand it emotionally.

  6. Be prepared to change arrangements and performances. Creativity is organic.

  7. Don’t bring alcohol or drugs to the sessions unless you are used to performing in an inebriated state. You are just going to waste a lot of money.

VOICEOVER:

  1. Please provide a script for me. It makes editing a lot easier.

  2. Know what kind of tone you want to take for the script and keep it consistent.

  3. Make sure that your script works when read out loud. Many times, people just lift info from brochures or websites and don’t bother checking if they are correct.

  4. If translating to another language, make sure that the grammar is idiomatically correct as well.

  5. Choose voiceover talent that suits the script. Someone who reads well seriously may not be able to do really jovial stuff. Choose wisely.

  6. Understand your talent’s limitations. People can only read for so long. Eyes give out, voices give out. Be aware of these facts and book time accordingly.

  7. Make sure that the talent has time to look over the script before the session. It will speed up the process.

  8. Although professional voiceover talent is more expensive, they are trained to work efficiently and their voices are trained to work a microphone properly. Just something to consider.

A FINAL WORD:

  • Recording takes time and it can be expensive. However, the benefits far outweigh the sacrifices. It is important to be prepared to spend money with the understanding that you are investing in yourself or your company.

    For bands, cd and download sales quickly return the money you have spent. In the case of a demo, the work you gain from the recording will pay it off.

    Not sure if it will sell? Perhaps, you should reconsider recording. Remember the finished product is just the beginning of the process. Marketing it is the key.

    Usually, voiceover recording has a specific purpose so there is no need to discuss returns. However, you should understand that the voice that you choose will become the voice of the product. Choose carefully and give the project the attention that it deserves.

    For both artistic and corporate work, remember that the most important thing is to enjoy the process. Only then do you get a great final product.

    See you soon! J