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1090 Wheaton, Troy MI  48083   •    (248) 561-5176   •   Since 1984





Tips for Bands in the Studio:

How to Create a Great Recording Every Time

1. Preproduction. This means being very, very well-prepared.

Know your material as well as you possibly can

Make sure you agree on exactly what you are going to record. What songs and what the form is for each song- (that is how many verses and choruses etc.

Make sure your gear and your instrument in good shape. strings, skins, cables etc

Fix or replace any cables or pedals with problems ahead of time.

Set reasonable expectations with your band members about quantity of tunes vs quality and your policy for review. Listening is critical to good recordings but it takes time. So discuss up front what you think are reasonable goals for quantity, quality and listening process and stick to it.

2. Be well-rested. Singers, do not eat a huge meal or consume any dairy products before your session. Be well-hydrated. Drink lots of water in the preceding 6-8 hours. This hydrates your vocal folds.

3. Singers: a word about your sound. Prepare by recording yourself ahead of time and listening back. By now you probably understand that your voice sounds strangely like some other person when you hear it played back from an outside source. This is normal but understandably odd to you.

You are hearing yourself with, of course, your own ears. They are located inches away from, and directly connected to, the source of the sound,  your lungs and mouth and so on. You are the only person who hears the sound that you hear when you sing - through the bones and tissue of your own physiology.

The rest of the world hears what you hear when you hear a recording of yourself played back on a good system. So use this as a tool. If you don’t like what you hear on playback, make a change in your voice to try to achieve the sound you were aiming for. Then record again immediately then listen back to see if the physical changes you made to your voice made a difference. This is a tremendous tool for your toolkit.

4. All members: leave the ego at the door. (along with any and all emotional baggage) We are here to preserve a slice of time that represents the best that you can do on this day. Come into the room excited, but not afraid of the process. We’ll make sure you feel very comfortable.

5. Listen carefully to your takes to decide if you are happy with your performance.  We will be listening too, making sure your intonation, breathing, timing and so on are the best you can do.

6. Breath is important for any instrument. Your teacher has taught you how to breathe. Remember what they have taught you. This is a day you put your fine breath control to good use.

7. If you make a mistake, don’t say “Sorry.” We know you are trying. Don't worry about it. Just get your head ready for the next take.

8. At the beginning and end of each take, be very quiet to allow for a clean edit, in and out.

9. Play as gently and relaxed as you can. Just pounding a guitar turns it into mush and has no dynamics or soul. Keeping your volume down ALWAYS allows the engineer to make you sound better, either live or in the studio.

10. If you need something louder in the phones, be specific. Don’t just say “It’s too loud.” Say, for example, you need less bass and more of you,

Above all, be sure you are having FUN! We love to record and we will being having fun too.


It will help if you email us complete song information, including  title, and  lyrics  48 hours prior to session. Please include a note if this is original material.

We highly encourage any and all original material. We will provide information to help you copyright  your songs if you need it. We do not acquire any rights to your music whatsoever .

Your teacher should be present. Packages do not include teacher’s fees.

Bass amp and keyboard amp are supplied

All tracks will be output and delivered online via wav and MP3 within 24 hoursAll participants are expected to arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled setup time. If you are late, you may lose time from your session. Load in is from the front of the studio. (see map)

Once you have booked a session, your session rate will not change. However subsequently, rates may change without notice.

All costs must be paid in full, one week prior to the session by cash, credit/debit card or check made payable to Semper Media

All participants will sign a participation agreement and release. Licenses for any audio or video of cover tunes recorded are the sole responsibility of the participant. Licensing information is available to assist you.

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, at our sole discretion. No disruptive behavior of any sort, foul language, or possession of alcohol or any illegal substance will be tolerated. Additionally no music with violent or discriminatory lyrics will be tolerated. This is a professional environment and any individuals not in compliance will be ejected and the group will forfeit their session fee.