SESSION 8: INSIDE THE RECORDING STUDIO
|LIFE IN THE STUDIO: Although artists may be recording an already fine-tuned song in the studio, it can still be a place of innovation and creation. PRE-PRODUCTION: To save time and money, 3 Doors Down and Matt Serletic recommend planning before entering the studio. FEAR OF THE RED LIGHT: Enrique Iglesias and others warn that the psychology of the recording studio can be a serious roadblock to a successful studio session. THE ROLE OF THE PRODUCER: Elton John and Glen Ballard stress the importance of an open, cooperative artist-producer relationship to create the best possible song. DIFFERENT TYPES OF PRODUCERS: Producers vary by genre, role, method, and many other factors--but the primary job of any producer is to help the artist create the best song. RECORDING ENGINEERS: Chuck Reed, Scott Campbell and others describe the role of an engineer in capturing the sound the artist and producer are looking for. MIXING AND MASTERING: Mixing involves meshing and balancing the various tracks of a song--including drum beats, vocals, bass, and more--into one cohesive whole, while mastering involves selecting a song order and adding effects and EQ to the entire mix. KEEPING COSTS UNDER CONTROL: You can cut a quality record without breaking the bank--just be sure to arrive at the studio focused and prepared.