Tips for Recording Sessions
Doing a recording session is very different from a live concert.
Here are important things to keep in mind when you're creating an audition tape:
- Leave 1-2 seconds of silence before and after your recording, that makes for clean edits to trim. It's very important to leave silence after you're finished, wait until the sound from the instruments completely fades and is totally quiet.
- Take your time & take breaks: Unlike a concert, a recording session takes stamina. So drink lots of water and be relaxed, and you can record pieces multiple times or in any order
- Start with easier & comfortable pieces first. Save more challenging pieces for the end, after you're warmed up.
- You can warm up or practice tricky spots in between takes. This is can be very helpful!
- Should you start over? If you make a mistake in the first 10-15 seconds, it's a okay idea to stop & start over. But if you're going along and make a mistake 1/3 of the the way through, just ignore it and keep going to get a complete take! It's important to have full takes, so you don't want to wear yourself out. Odds are that people listening to this won't have time to listen to every single section in detail, and if you make
- You do not need to bring a USB drive to the session - you'll receive a download code when the files are ready for you. So you can download your files from a cloud storage server.