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Set These Important Rules When Your Music Group Rents Studio Time

by Sebastian Warren

When you play in a music group, renting studio time puts you once step closer toward realizing your dream of releasing an album. Your chief priority during this time should be to make the most of your time in the studio, and you can accomplish this goal by setting a series of important rules — and sticking to them. You don't want your studio time to breeze past before you've accomplished what you set out to do, and the following goals will help you to complete your recording on time.

Be Punctual

It might sound simple, but failing to be on time for a recording session can severely hinder your group's progress. Make sure that each member of your group clearly understands when your studio time begins — you may even wish to advise each person to set smartphone alerts as reminders. When someone isn't on time, he or she isn't just inconveniencing the other members of your group. Your rented studio time often includes a music engineer, who will be sitting waiting until the person arrives.

No Unauthorized People

Because heading to the studio is a big accomplishment for your group, it's common sense that the members will want to tell their friends and family. Doing so is fine, but you should endeavor to set and honor a rule of not allowing anyone into the studio who doesn't need to be there. If a few friends and family members show up, the studio can quickly turn into a hangout spot instead of a place of work — and one that you're paying for by the hour. It's fine for people to meet up with you after your allotted studio time to celebrate with dinner and drinks, for example, but everyone needs to stay away when you're working.

Don't Use The Studio For Practice

Big-time musicians can afford to leave their gear in the studio for weeks and months at a time so that they can practice between recording sessions. You don't have this luxury, so make sure that you have a different practice location. If you allow your studio time to be devoted to practicing, you'll quickly find that the time goes past rapidly — and leaves you short on recording time. Whether you rent a rehearsal space or just use the basement or garage of one of the group members, it's a good idea to practice in that location in advance of your studio time, and then head to the studio only when you're ready to record.

Contact a business like The Crossing Studios for more help.