As a music producer how we spend our time is very important. It allows us to finish projects on time and get more things done. The recording is a huge part of what we do so I want to share with you a few ways to maximize recording time.

Always have rehearsals before you go in the studio.

It is very important that you rehearse your parts before you enter the studio. Whether you’re a musician or vocalist. A well-rehearsed part saves you time and allows you to focus more on getting the right performance for the song.

Plan ahead of time what you’re going to do

There is a saying if you fail to prepare you’re preparing to fail. Know ahead of time which songs you’re going to record and the number of songs you plan to do in that session. This will help the engineer prepare the sessions before you arrive at the studio. If you’re doing this in a home studio this will help you get started quickly.

Save templates for your sessions

If you record a lot, chances are you do the same things over and over with a few variation and experimentation. Instead of creating the same session from scratch. Why not save a template with all your effects and settings so you have a good starting point for your tracks. This can be eq settings and compression settings.

Be on time for your studio sessions

Punctuality goes a far way. When you arrive at the studio on time, well rehearsed you actually save a lot of time and can do more with your studio time. Plus it says a lot about who you are as an artist. When you’re on time you begin on time and finish early once you have done the work.

Have notes on what you want out of the track

It’s your song. You must have ideas on what you want to add to the track or a particular sound you want. Write these down and bring them with you to the studio. Share these ideas with your producer and collaborate. If you come to the studio blank then chances are you won’t get all your ideas out. Plus, you waste time on trying to do things on the fly.

This is a short list but should save you a lot of time when you’re working on your songs.

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