Recording FAQ

Q – How can I get in touch with you?

A – Feel free to email me at Bobcooperproducer@gmail.com

Q – Is payment up front, or after the session?

A – I take a 50% deposit up front to secure the booking, and the rest is payable before the final day of tracking.

Q – What if I have to cancel?

A – Deposit is held if the cancellation is up to three weeks before the session, full amount is payable if cancellation is on the day of the session.

Q – What hours do you work?

A – I typically work 10:30am-6:30pm.

Q – How long will it take to record a song?

A – For a typical 3-5 piece band, I suggest one day for recording, and half a day for mixing (or a full day mixing if you’re just tracking one song.) However, I understand how expensive being in a band can be, and i’m more than happy to work with you to find a workable timescale. 🙂

Q – What should I bring to the session?

A – Bring as much or as little as you like. I have a great selection of instruments, amps and drums that you’re more than welcome to use, although i would suggest at least bringing drum breakables, guitars, bass and pedals.

Q – Tell me about guitar maintenance before the session.

A – If you have the time and the budget, it really helps to have your guitars / bass set up properly before the session. Bring a couple of sets of extra strings too!

Q – Tell me about drum maintenance before the session.

A – If you’re using your own kit, it will sound a TON better with new drum heads, if you’re planning on using my drums then i suggest buying a single ply, undampened snare batter head (either 14″ or 13″) such as the Remo Ambassador, and a snare resonant head. Make sure your cymbals don’t have any cracks in them, and that your kick pedal isn’t squeeking!

Q – How should I treat my voice before tracking?

A – Your voice is the most sensitive instrument in the whole recording process. Here are a few steps to ensuring the best vocal performance:

Avoid cigarettes, dairy products such as milk or cream, citrus fruits and spicy foods.

If your voice is feeling hoarse, drink lukewarm water or herbal tea, honey and lemon can also help ease up your vocal chords.

Warm up your voice for 20-30 minutes before tracking, if you haven’t warmed up before – there are plenty of great instructional videos on youtube.

Learn your lyrics. You’ll be able to give a much more honest performance if you know exactly what you’re singing.

Q – Can I bring my girlfriend / boyfriend / cousin / mum?

A – It’s totally down to you who you bring along – but i’ve found that extra people in sessions tend to be really distracting so I usually advise for just the band members to come.

Q – Can I sit in on a session / intern / assist you?

A – I’m really sorry, but for a similar reason for the above answer, I can’t have extra people sitting in on recording sessions – but I do run a single day class every three months where i teach pretty much everything i know about recording. If you’d like to know when the next one is, sign up to my mailing list.

Other Useful Stuff To Know

– If you’re planning on playing to a click – work out click track tempos in advance of the session, and practice to them. Having a rough guide track to a click will save studio time so we can have more fun shredding and making loud noises.

– For anything ‘rock’ based, drums always sound best with the drummer hitting the shit out of the kick, snare (rimshot it!) and toms, and being light on the cymbals and hats. Sometimes this can seem a little counterintuitive at first, but it sounds really good in the context of a mix. If you’re feeling unsure about this before the session – one thing i’ve found to be really helpful to balance the kit is to practice really hammering the snare, but playing your leg instead of the hihat – if you can hit your leg without it hurting then you’re on the right track.

– Nominate one guitarist to play both rhythm parts – this will ensure a tight and consistent performance.