The Recording Process: continued from the "Recording" page.
After the initial tracking is complete, other musical "parts" may be needed. Usually these will include vocals, both main and backing parts, instrumental solos, or other more time consuming performances. Typically, these recordings are the finishing touches of the complete musical performance.
After the recording is complete, all of the elements must be blended or "mixed" into a final stereo or other multi-channel form. At this point, most of the special effects are applied and relative volumes and equalization are set.
Mastering is a blanket name applied to the various processes used to prepare the final mixed product for manufacturing. These processes include sequencing and editing of songs into their final form, equalization and level adjustments for each song in order to even out large differences between various mixes, and preparation of mechanical parts necessary for delivering the entire product.
Please visit our "Mastering" page for more detailed information about this highly recommended process.
How you should prepare?
1. Planning for the end use of your project.
Even before you record your first note, its very helpful to decide what your final product should be: a CD for release, a demo, MP3 files for Internet distribution. Knowing the answer to this question can save you a lot of money and time. If you need help with these questions feel free to talk to one of our experienced engineers or designers. Most of us are musicians and have been through this process too!
2. Prepare your instruments.
If there was ever a time for your instruments to be in top condition, this is definitely it. Whether it is new strings and perfectly adjusted intonation, or a couple vocal lessons and some good herbal tea, your preparation is key to the success of your recording. If you need assistance with finding local music stores to buy new brushes or get your guitar set-up, we are happy to help.
Sometimes artists overlook potential difficulties and thorough rehearsals may be the best way avoid that particular problem. Be sure to have at least two rehearsals for each song that you will be recording. It is also a good idea to record your rehearsals so that you can hear potential problem spots and fix those issues before the recording process begins.