The single most important thing to remember before booking studio time is to be prepared. Although this may sound cliché, it is the most likely element that can keep your session from being a success.
Tune your Axes!
This not only means being ready to perform your pieces to the best of your ability, but also to have your equipment in a good "recordable" state. That is to say, you must be conscious of the sound of your instrument and ensure that you have it tweaked to your liking as much as possible. It's so much easier to put together a project when your instrument sounds as close as possible to the way you want your finished product to sound.
Get you're band used to working with headphones!
Just about all of the phases of recording will involve using headphones to monitor, rather than being in the same room. Recording with headphones is quite a bit different than playing in a live space together, so if you can make yourself and your band comfortable ahead of time, it will take less time to get acclimated. And the key to great takes is being relaxed.
That is to say, make sure the files that you bring to us will work with our software. You can find out our current version of Pro tools software here. If you want to bring files over from a different type of DAW, contact us to find the quickest solution
If you're hiring a session musician, make sure they're prepared
It's great to bring in a soloist or an additional instrument to fatten up your track, but it's important to make them as comfortable as possible. That means make sure they have an accurate chart and preferably a recording to work with ahead of time, so they can do their homework.
Find your sound
It's certainly okay if you're not quite sure what that sound is yet, but if you can do some homework ahead of time, you will spend less time experimenting or relying on others to find it for you in the studio. A great way to do this is to listen to recordings with a focus on the production; the sounds of the instruments rather than the music itself. Make a small list of songs with production aspects that admire. It's a great thing to bring along to a session whether you're in the tracking or mixing stages.
Find the tone of your script
Probably the biggest challenge of capturing the right take is getting the right tone for the part. This will give the proper meaning and context to script. Often times the script writer or producer will have the most input in setting the tone. If they cannot be present in person or remotely for the session, it is important to have this discussion with them before the session to save time.