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Before You Get In The Booth – 8 Quick Tips (For Artists & Engineers)

 

  1. This one’s for those who don’t have a vocal booth to record in: Before you start recording, clap in your vocal tracking room to get an idea of the room tone and reflections are. It’ll impact your voice when recording. Try NOT to record in a room with a lot of windows or reflective surfaces. The more padding, the better!
  2. If you have trouble finding a room, try the bathroom or the closet. Test the room to see which one you prefer.
  3. Don’t go into your recording expecting to fix your mistakes in post. Rehearse before you record! Recording is a captured performance, so you should rehearse for it MORE than you would a live performance.
  4. This one’s for the engineers: System overloading when tracking Vocals? Freezing and low latency mode not working? Bounce everything into one track to conserve CPU usage.
  5. Please, please, PLEASE make sure you’re not clipping. Best way to do this is to sing or rap the loudest and/or strongest part of the record as if you were performing it, while the engineer sets the gain below the red.
  6. Avoid COFFEE, SODA, DAIRY, BLACK TEA and ICE WATER before a recording. All of these things mess with your vocal chords. Drink plenty of (not too cold) water throughout the day. Herbal teas are fine in moderation.
  7. If you have a pop filter (which you should), keep a thumbs distance between it and the mic. It’s a basic sweet spot for it.
  8. Vocal rest is important throughout the day, especially if you’re recording at night. I don’t care if you’re doing rock, pop, r&b, or even rapping…your voice is an instrument that needs care and preparation before hitting the booth.

BONUS TIP: TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY! If you have a piano or a drum set , you kinda don’t mind other people playing it because it’s a community instrument. If you have a guitar or bass, you’re a little more protective of it because it’s more of a personal instrument. Your body is the MOST PERSONAL INSTRUMENT IN THE WORLD. Take care of it with that in mind. Don’t take what I’m saying for granted, because it’s very easy to forget this in the midst of everything else going on in your life.

Got any tips that you think I might’ve missed? Leave them in the comments below!

Why You Might Want To Rethink Tagging Your Friends on that New Music Post

If the dislike button really existed, they’d probably be used the most on these types of post…

Imagine this: you’ve just completed a video promo for your new single. You, of course, want as many people as possible to see this promo vid because you know if they get to see it, they’ll definitely be interested in getting it and supporting. However, you know that because of the way social media works, not all of your friends and followers will get to see it. As a matter of fact, you’d be lucky if half  of the people that like your Facebook page see that promo you worked so hard on completing.

With no real money to spend on buying ads and reach for the days/weeks leading up to your release, you start to think of a short list of people you want to tag onto your video. Or maybe your approach is to tag as many of your friends/followers as you can until you reach the maximum amount of tags.

While you continue working out that shortlist of people in your head, here’s a shortlist of reasons you might want to forego massive tagging:

  1. No one likes being randomly tagged in posts unrelated to themselves.

According to Google trends, a large majority people who search tagging on social media aren’t trying to find out how to tag people on their posts; they’re people trying to UNTAG themselves from a post, or even stop people from tagging them altogether. Deeper research shows that 9 out of 10 times, the posts they’re avoiding are unrelated to them.

An true-to-life representation of the reaction people have when you tag them in unrelated posts…

I’m never one to list issues without presenting solutions, so here’s a (longer) shortlist with alternative (free) solutions to maximize your reach:

  1. If you’re gonna tag anyone, tag whoever is involved with the project you’re on and give them their credit! The post is actually relevant to them, and they’re more likely to share it than anyone else. This extended your reach to their friends as well!
  2. Chances are there are a few people on that list you had earlier that you regularly talk to. You could just as easily tell them about your video AND your single in one shot via text, dm, or even in person. Sending an individual message and asking if they don’t mind sharing increases your chances of reaching their friends list as well (Side note: if there is anyone on that list you’re not comfortable with texting or messaging, they probably shouldn’t have been on your tag list in the first place).
  3. There are tons of pages, groups, and profiles for every genre of music that are specifically designed to promote indie artists like you. If you’re willing to do the legwork, those pages can post/repost your content to their followers. Even if your success rate is 10%, that just means the more pages you contact and show your work to, the larger that 10% pool grows!

You’ll be swimming in a sea full of approval in no time!

Hopefully this was of some use to you. Have any other solutions that work for you or someone you know? Drop some knowledge in the comments section!