- Bring An Instrumental
The first thing your engineer will ask you when your session begins is for the instrumental you plan to record on. An appropriate instrumental will be in the form of a WAV, MP3, or AIFF file. Sometimes your instrumental will come in the form of many files – we call these stems. If you do not have an instrumental file, your engineer may pull the instrumental from Youtube or Soundcloud if it exists on these platforms.
- Bring A Hard Drive
It is wise to bring an external hard drive so that when your studio sessions ends, the engineer may store your project onto your drive, giving you complete access and secure storage over your own project. If you do not bring your external drive, your project will be deleted in 7 days. We also offer Premium Subscription for $10/month which includes keeping your files on our server and Loyalty Program which gives you 2 hours for free every 10 hours paid.
- Have Song Memorized
Being in a studio session you are always battling against time. To make the most of your studio time and to have the most productive session possible, It is good to already have your song memorized, so when you walk into the booth, you already know exactly what to do. If you deliver quality vocals at higher speeds, it gives the artist more time for experimentation, and also the engineer more time for crafting a great mix.
- Warm Up Your Voice Before The Session
You should come to the studio with your vocals already warmed up so you do not have to spend time doing so in the studio. Warming up will allow your voice to hit higher notes and execute more complex flows. There are plenty of helpful vocal exercises you can find online that will help you to warm up your voice for vocal recording.
- Come Well Rested & Hydrated
Vocal performing is a workout, your voice will get tired and you will start to lose energy as you progress through your session, especially if it’s a longer session. It is best to come to the studio in the best condition possible. For the studio, this means come to your session well rested and hydrated to combat vocal fatigue. Staying up late, yelling all night the day before, not drinking enough water, can make a considerable difference into the overall quality of your vocal recording.
- Come Early To Find Parking
Many studios across LA and other cities across the country can have dicey parking situations. To avoid showing up late to a session, it is best to arrive at your studio session at least 15 minutes early to find parking. These extra minutes of leeway can also be used to use the restroom, to send the beats over, or to just get comfortable before your session begins.
- Brainstorm Your Song’s Vision
Before you step into the vocal booth, it is good to have an idea of how you want the finished product of your song to sound. What kind of feeling do you want your song to invoke? Who do you want to sound like? Asking these questions will help define the sort of vocal expression you want to give to your song, and also make clear the song’s direction. If you are unsure about the vision you have for your project, a great sound engineer, such as the ones at Golden Impala, will help guide and create a unique sound for you.