Recording studio experience

Tweaking settings for vocals

Over the period of two Saturdays (June 30th and July 7th), Phantom Scream (my band) went into the studio to record tracks for our upcoming five-song EP (demo). From the recommendations of a few friends, who are also in bands themselves, we went with 459 Audio Recreations. In addition to the experience, he records local bands at relatively inexpensive rates. Considering the equipment he uses, it’s amazing!

Here’s some notes I’d like to pass along:

  • Bring your own snacks and drinks. Plenty of water is a must.
  • I’m not sure if this was specific to our situation, but the tracking room and lounge were toasty! If a fan won’t mess up the recording, bring it. Otherwise, a couple towels and spare shirts would help.
  • Print lyrics for the audio engineer, so they can mark it accordingly for spots that need fixing.

Note: I wrote this a week or so after recording, but never got around to posting it.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Trust & Safety Wrangler at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

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