Challenges of Recording Music
Any musician preparing for the recording of a song needs to be as ready as you would be for a live show. Recording is the creation of hearing an artist at their absolute best in preparation for radio airplay. The recording is most likely what an audience will hear for the first time and they will form an opinion from this recording on future live performances. It is imperative that every note played, lyrics sung and productions created are flawless from start to finish.
Recording performances are more delicate than live performances. Lead female and male singers need to ensure their voices are well-rested and warmed up for the recording days. It is recommended to keep the voice moist and warm; drink raw honey, ginger tea and plenty of water and avoid dairy or spicy drinks and food. In preparation of each song, a singer must know every melody and lyric they are going to sing; this includes the lead line, adlibs, and backing vocals. When creating backing vocals and adlibs in the studio â€“ these can be timely and less cost effective.
A producer or sound engineer will usually guide you on your pitch, delivery, phrasing and pronunciation to ensure they record you to the highest level. The intimacy of recording is down to the nitty-gritty; pops, crackles, breath and creating your-signature-sound to make you stand out from the rest. Studio time is more demanding than being on stage, because it is the repetition to sing a series of notes over and over until that exact part is perfect, then do the same until the whole song is completed. That is why is it important to also be already warmed-up and ready to go, to avoid wasting time and money. All instruments are recorded the same way as vocals, part by part, until perfect. Drums and vocal recordings usually take the longest â€“ so bear this in mind when managing a bandâ€™s recording schedule.
Once all the parts are recorded in, this is the producer and sound engineerâ€™s time to bring you to life. Whether an artist that has an incredible stage performance or not they still need to shine through on a record â€“ so that when a listener tunes into the radio that that person shines through the song. Every element of their vocal and instrumentation needs to transcend with clarity, regardless of the genre. The strength of the song, will also support this and it is important that the producer and sound engineer you have assigned to the music jobs, know exactly how to bring out the best in the song and the performer. Give the producer plenty of time to develop â€˜your soundâ€™.
This is not a job for anybody, so be very fussy when it comes to choosing and working with a producer and sound engineer. Remember how you sound on that record is what will sell you on radio, TV, film, advertising, online, and every other media player â€“ so be vigilant that you have the right team you are working with; from band members, management, record label, publishing, licensing, production to distribution. Make you and your songs a signature sound.
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