If you are a relatively new or young artist, you may be a bit nervous for your first time in a music recording studio. You may feel a lot of pressure to perform your song without any mistakes, and that pressure can actually cause you to make mistakes. Instead of freaking yourself out before you even get to the studio, take a deep breath and read about a few things that you can expect when to happen when you get there.
The first thing you will usually do in the studio is to have a chat with your producer about how you want your music to sound. What is your goal genre? What effects do you want, if any? Have you thought about adding different elements to the sound of your music, or do you want it to sound raw? Your producer will likely ask you many questions to make sure they understand what you are looking for.
After your discussion, you will probably be invited to start playing and warming up. Your producer will record some of this initial warmup in order to make sure the settings suit you well.
Once you get going, you will begin to play your song over and over. Each time you play will be recorded, and then the different versions will be spliced together in a way where there are no mistakes and it sounds how you want it to.
The vocal track is then recorded while the singer listens to the instrumental track. This too will be recorded several times. Some singers prefer to sing the whole thing in one long go, while others will cut the song into pieces and perfect each as they go.
Once both tracks are recorded, additions can be added. Your producer will talk to you about adding backup vocals or additional instruments in order to make the song sound more full or to capture the effect you desire.
While every music studio is different, most will follow a similar pattern in order to get the best version of your song. Make sure to be extremely open and upfront with your producer so that you are on the same page. If you are like most musicians, you have likely put many months and years into your music and you should make sure that it sounds the way you want it to. Being open and honest can help you to have a wonderful experience while in the studio.