Here's some general tips to consider before you come hang out - I can almost guarantee this will make your recordings better and we'll have a better time making them. 



  • Come to record in a good state of mind (sober) and hygiene, with the songs well rehearsed and equipment in decent shape.
  • Bring the minimum number of people necessary - the more people at a session, the more distractions, pressure and less room to work.
  • Borrow as much equipment beforehand as reasonably possible. A greater choice will yield a more interesting sound.



  • Try and record some rough guide tracks and plot basic tempo maps (any DAW can do this). This is helpful for drum recording and highlights any aspects in need of improvement early on.
  • Practise. Everything. Every 5 minutes spent practicing to a click track saves 30 minutes of botched takes and editing at 4AM.


  • Put new heads on your drums the night beforehand and avoid playing them until recording. All the EQ in the world won't save a 4 year old snare head held on with duct tape.
  • Turn up early enough that we can tune the drums (if you're not confident you can, bring someone who knows how to)
  • Bring a drum key, spares sticks, moongel, muting ring etc.
  • Have a port cut into the resonant kick head if not already present.
  • Don't slam on the cymbals but hit the shells like a puss (unless you play in Sepultra, then s'cool).


  • Bring your guitars with fresh strings on (strung no sooner than the night before) and spare picks etc.
  • Make sure your guitar is properly intonated, shielded and set up before the session. Most guitar shops will do this for around £40.
  • Nominate one guitarist to play most of the rhythym parts for consistency.



  • Have your lyrics written and vocal arrangements in place before the session - lyrics hastily written 5 hours into a session are not the greatest.
  • Come to the session well rested, don't push your voice and practice good microphone technique.

 Tom Richfield © 2013