To ensure you get the best takes you can in the shortest amount of time, there are some steps you should take before and after you get in that booth!

1).Practice

Before you get in studio practice your vocals at home, this should help you get your diction down perfect.Once your diction is on point you will be able to finish your verse in a shorter space time, which is good, because studios…. charge by the hour…

2).Step Back

Before you start to sing you should be standing at least 6 to 10 inches away from the mic this prevents distortion and increases you voice clarity.You have to remember what you may be hearing in the booth could be sounding totally different to what the producer is hearing in the headphones. Putting some distance between yourself and the mic eliminates this problem.

3).Know your vocal range

Do you know how high/ how low your vocals can go? These are some questions you have to ask yourself before you get into the booth. Sometimes when you have your headphones on in the booth, depending on your vocal range you may find your vocals being drowned out by a particular instrument in the beat. If this occurs, ask the producer to extract that instrument during your session so you can put out the best take possible for your vocal range. He can always insert the instrument back into the production after you have recorded your verse.

4).Don’t Rush

While you want to get as much done in as little time as possible. You don’t want to rush all the words in the song. Remember your song goes to the melody of a beat, your verse of vocals has to fit within a verse of the instrumental. To shorten your time in studio you have to sharpen up your diction so you would make less mistakes, not rush the song so you will finish quicker.
Always make sure the melody of your voice is on point with the melody of your beat and you will always get your best 16 bars.

Written by Tamika Simon

tamika_s1@live.com

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