Tackling a new recording project can be a daunting task even for the most experienced musician.
Staring a new project from scratch can be especially overwhelming when you're not familiar with your recording software interface.
Even when you know your way around the studio and know how to use all the features and plug-ins of your recording software, it can be very easy to fall into massive editing time-sucks...
You know... when you say, "That sounds good but let me just tweak it a little bit, then we'll finish recording the rest of the song."
2 Hours Later... you've got a slightly better sounding track but you still have an unfinished project!
Precious time gets wasted all too often due to a lack of organization & focus during the recording process.
I know all too well the pit-falls and distractions that come along with a recording project, especially if you're a solo musician doing everything on your own.
Don't get me wrong though, even if you try to tackle a recording as a band, it doesn't make it any easier!
You'll face a myriad of distractions from delays due to technical difficulties, arguments between band members and constant second-guessing of written parts which lead to changes in the song mid-session.
It can feel hopeless at times to even imagine what the end goal for your project is or was...
but there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
I've created a resource guide for DIY musicians to quickly get started with their recording process and provided a guide to help to keep your focus on completing your song or album.
From setting up your software preferences to keeping track of your progress, we will show you everything you need to know to get started recording your own music today!
As an added bonus, I've included a production track sheet at the end of the guide that you can print out for your next recording project.
You've probably seen one of these track sheets before, this is a great studio tool to keep your project organized. It lets you know what tracks you've already recorded and what's left to do.
This guide is completely Free to download and I hope it helps you with your next recording project like it's helped me many times over.
One last thing...
I'd love to hear from you! Tell me about your latest recording project and what kind of distractions & time-sucks you encountered along the way.
Also, If you would like to share this checklist with your friends, I would appreciate if you would refer them back here. Thank you!
Talk to you soon! - Drew @diygarageband