Tips To Maximize Your Time At The Recording Studio
Arrive On Time
Arriving on time demonstrates professional courtesy to the recording studio, the talent and other persons attending the recording.
Also, studios charge by the hour. So it makes good sense to not waste your money. Though they may waive the cost, very often, the studio will be booked by someone else after your session. You don't want to be booted out by the next customer or be forced to hurry, resulting in a blemished recording.
It builds a relationship with voice over talents. It tells them that you're serious and professional. This gives a subtle message to them that you too, expect the same from them.
Arriving on time puts everyone on a relaxed, positive and expectant mood, rather than irritation when one of the parties concerned are late.
Bring along three sets of the script. One each for the voice over talent, recording engineer, yourself and a set each for whoever needs one.
Please proofread your scripts, not just for spelling, but for grammer, proper phrasing and a smooth read. Read it aloud, or better still, ask someone to read it out loud for you. That way, it'll be easy to catch any mistakes or clumsy copy that does not read well.
Use larger than normal fonts in the script. This allows the talent to read ahead more accurately, minimizing reading errors which wastes time and incurs higher charges for editing time at the studio.
Make sure the line spacing is at least 1.5 lines or double spaced. This allows you to insert changes or variations to the script that will almost always happen during the read.
Scripts should be printed clearly with a laserjet printer. If copies are made, make sure they are clear too.
First time at a recording studio? Do not be intimidated. Do not hesitate to speak your mind if you feel that the script is not being read the way you want. Speak your mind.
If you're new to this, ask for comments and ideas from the engineer, producer or the advertising person (be careful!) if the script is being read the best way possible. Tap their years of experience - they'll be able to give you some solid inputs.
Do not ignore suggestions from the engineer. That person has sat through and edited more scripts than anyone else in the room and he'll know instinctively whether the read is going as well as it should.
Outline your vision or concept for the project so everyone understands what you're looking for. This way, they can offer suggestions and ideas that are targetted accurately at your goals.
Build A Working Relationship With The Engineer Or Producer
One day, you may not even need to be present at the recording if you build a good working relationship with the studio's producer or engineer as they will know exactly what you're looking for after a few words on the phone with you.
This saves you loads of time.
Not only that, if they know you as a friend, their level of commitment to make a great recording for you is that much higher - as nobody wants to disappoint a friend, or someone who has put their trust in them to do a good job.
Bring Along Your Music Tracks
If your production involves music, bring along some CDs with the same type of music you want to use. Though studios own music libraries, but it'll save them time and avoid guessing what you want if you give them an idea of what you're looking for.
However, keep an open mind as there are many types of music that may even be better than what's on your mind.
Bring a variety of pre-selected CDs to widen the choices available.
Make full use of your time at the studio. Once the recording is over, it's over. Another recording will cost more time and money - and many times, you'll use the original recording.
So, get it right the first time!