Your Recording Session

micWe are delighted to invite you to a professional recording studio to record a performance. Your instructor will be there to produce and provide creative direction. You may choose to record any material you desire and may perform solo or invite a maximum of 2 other accompanists. Sorry, due to time restrictions, full drum kits will not be accommodated.(consider small percussion instruments if you wish). Your session will be mixed and delivered to you by the next class, at which time you will be asked to play it for the class and to discuss your studio experience with your classmates.

Recording sessions will take place at Bristol Recording Studios. 169 Massachusetts Ave • Boston • MA 02115
Sign up sheets for scheduling your time will be available during class hours. Scheduling changes and questions that come up outside of regular class hours should be directed to Sarah Romeo. PLEASE DO NOT CALL BRISTOL STUDIOS DIRECTLY AS THEY HAVE NO INFORMATION ON CLASS PARTICULARS.

Sessions will be from 15-20 minutes long. This is not a lot of time for set up and multiple takes, so, please study the suggestions below on BEING FULLY PREPARED! The sign up sheets will ask you for a brief description of what you intend to do to help us expedite setting up microphones etc. The actual start time of your session will vary depending on how things are going with the performers ahead of you. However, you can approximate your time slot. For ex: If you’ve signed up for the 3rd slot in the 12-2 time zone, allowing 20 minutes each for the first 2 performers, you must be ready to start as early as 12:40. In any event, please be early, in tune, warmed up and ready to go!

You are also encouraged to attend another student’s session as an observer. You must sign up for the particular session you wish to observe in advance. Limit 1 observer per session.

Note: Bristol has a electric piano that you may opt to use.

-Make sure you know where Bristol is. Don’t be hunting for it at the last minute!
-Don’t be late. You will be costing yourself YOUR time in the studio. Be early.
-Know your music. Don’t plan on writing a song in the studio. Before the session, establish the best key, know the melody and lyrics, smooth out pitch and range difficulties and lock in the tempo.
-Rehearse, either by yourself or with anyone who may be accompanying you on the session. Practice with a metronome if you plan to use a click track. Record yourself at home if you can, even if it’s only on your phone. Get used to hearing your recorded self.
-If you’re bringing your own instrument, make sure it is in good playing order.( Newish strings for guitarists, stretch em out so they stay in tune!). Bristol has an electric piano that you may use. Please contact Sarah with any questions re: the studio.We are trying to keep the calls to the Bristol to a minimum, they are very busy).
-Come rested and ready. Don’t blow out your voice the day before practicing or gigging!

What to Bring:
-Your instrument.
-A copy of Your instrumental track if you plan on recording to one. Also, please send an MP3 version of the track to the instructor ( in advance of the session. If there’s time we’ll have it cued up and ready to go when you walk in.
-Charts and Lyrics
I would like to ask each of you to bring a chart and the lyrics for the song you are going to record to the studio. (both leaders and sidemen from the class). The lyrics will help me to better understand the song and give direction. The chart does not have to be on staff paper or formal in any way. It only has to be something that helps your remember the song. Even if you know your song without the chart, I want everyone to begin creating their own system for learning and performing material in the studio. Please refer to this link for more some ideas.

This should be a fun learning experience. Be prepared and do your best.