The Top Recording Mistakes That Everyone Should Avoid

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It doesn’t matter whether you are an individual artist or a band, or even if you are experienced or a novice – when it comes to a recording session, you want to make the most of the time you have. After all, time is money and you really don’t want to waste either. Unfortunately, there are a number of things that can slow a recording session down leading to delays, tired artists, and a whole host of other issues. If this is something you want to avoid, you have come to the right place. Here you will discover some of the common mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Not Preparing a Room 

The first thing you will need to do is to prepare the room you are recording in. Now, if the recording is taking place in a studio then you have the benefit of a controlled environment. When recording on location, though, things may be a little out of your control. This doesn’t mean that you should start recording – in fact, you should definitely not do so. Rather, take time to prepare the room. This could mean turning off the air conditioning or the heater for the session as these sounds can be picked up. Also, make sure there are no coins or keys in any one’s pockets or that they can touch anything that makes noise. Furthermore, ensure that everyone is a sufficient distance away from their microphones.  

Not Testing the Instruments 

Now, when there are instruments in the picture, the recording can get a little complicated. Still, it doesn’t have to include a lot of hassle if you are careful. To cut down on any complications or interruptions, test out the instruments beforehand by playing the same songs you will be recording. This will give you an idea of whether the instruments are tuned up and also what the songs should sound like when they are recorded. 

Not Warming Up  

Even the most experienced choirs or bands need to warm up – this is especially important for choirs. So, even if you are running late, never simply start recording. You can virtually guarantee that not everyone is going to sound their best. Not to mention, without the proper warm-ups, there is a chance that the singers’ voices will start fading after a while. With this in mind, always encourage everyone who is singing (or playing) to first give themselves a chance to warm up. 

Not Fixing Errors Immediately 

It can be tiring to record at a stretch. This is why most people are tempted to let small mistakes like accidentally kicking a mic stand slide. While this may save you time now, however, you can guarantee that all these little flaws will find their way into your recording. At that point, it is a lot more difficult to get rid of these issues. Thus, if you notice there is a mistake, it is better to deal with it then and there and simply re-record the song. 

These are the top ways to avoid making mistakes during a recording. Follow these guidelines and you are sure to have a much smoother recording experience. 


Author Bio
Natalie grew up in a household filled with music and guitars. As such, she had a passion for listening to and recording music at a young age. These days, she spends her time researching artists, recording techniques and sharing her findings with others.

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