Here is the forth and last post in the series on Vocal Recording by Jon Wright. They were written while sitting in on a vocal session with Kevin Ward and Wayne Haun.
“These last tips are more social and can apply to any recording situation. Studio work and working with musicians is very social. A musician that not only got great sounding tracks but had fun at the same time, will always remember your work.
The next tip: Connect with the artist on a personal level.
As I mentioned in the first post on this topic, the artist is in a unusual situation, rather than playing for a large group of people they now find themselves playing for a handful. And that handful of people are now critiquing their performance on the spot. If you connect with the artist things will go much more smoothly. This usually means joking around without losing much time.
The other more social tip is: communication channels need to be open between the producer and engineer.
Confirming thoughts with the producer, such as what location to record next, and what take you are on (1,2, or 3). Asking simple, easy to answer, questions when you have them can save time. It’s rarely bad to ask questions at appropriate times, it shows that you really care about the session and want to get it right the first time.
Anyway, I hope reviewing these tips will help you rock out some great vocal sessions!
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