5 things a drummer needs to know before going into the studio 001
· What equipment is needed on the day.
First things first. Talk to the engineer/producer before you go into the studio, as they might have a certain vision for how the session is going to go and being on the same page from the get go will ensure a good studio session.
Bring EVERYTHING. Literally everything, if you assume the studio you’re going to has that little 1/8 inch jack adapter to ¼ inch jack adapter you’re wrong. Headphones are something that drummers tend to forget/not bring. (Don’t turn up with your Apple air pods and think this is the place to use them.) You will feel most comfortable behind your own kit so we always advise bringing it to a studio; however, it is important to be open to using other drums that are not yours, this may benefit the sound of the tracks you are recording. SKINS. Especially the snare drum head. We know too many drummers who don’t re-skin before the recording session and most of them have never changed the skins on the kit that they bought 6 years earlier, If you don’t know what skins to buy, ask the person at the shop, or do some research.
· Know your parts.
If you are coming into the studio with your band. KNOW YOUR PARTS. To many times producers and engineers hear “I have practiced this but without a click track” or “I did run through this song…yesterday…”.
Something as simple as knowing your parts reduces your recording time which in turn can reduce cost, and we all know you want to save that cheddar where you can people. When we say ‘know your parts’, we don’t just mean know what you’re playing, we mean know the bpm, know the sections and dynamics of the song. If it is a session job and you were lucky enough to have a demo track, at least have a rough idea of how you want the parts to go so you can work with the producer to get the best sound for the track.
· Drink plenty of water.
Hydrate!! *Insert selfie with bottle of smart water for your Instagram*. Drumming can be as taxing on your body as a gym session, you wouldn’t go to the gym without water, so don’t play drums without it either. For an EP or an album, you could be tracking drums for the whole day with little to no breaks, that’s a long time to go without water.
Did you know?
The average person burns around 250 calories per 1 hour of drumming.
With the above statistic. You do the math. HYDRATE.
· Like a gig, warm up.
We actually have a FREE PDF available on our website to help with this…Go download it. Depending on how many tracks you are recording, in some cases studio work can be more strenuous on your body than a gig. You wouldn’t go on stage without making sure you’re warmed up; therefore, you should treat the studio the same. Make sure you stretch before drumming if you’re playing high tempo parts and 100% stretch afterwards to avoid feeling it the next day, like we said before, you could be in the studio for a few days so you don’t want to burn out on day 1!
· Be open minded.
One of the most important aspects of recording is to come into the studio with an open mind. Things may change…Deal with it. No but seriously, it is important that you are able adapt to different ideas that the producer or your band members may have. This means leaving your ego at the door. You should never enter the studio with the thought in your head that what you have written is the only option, you will be setting yourself up for disappointment and a lot of comfort eating afterwards. You should be ready to embrace other people’s opinions and ideas with open arms. Imagine you’ve seen a unicorn for the first time…
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