Over the last couple of months, Goemon5 has been sharing about the process that goes into recording an album.
This eight-part series is packed with plenty of detailed, valuable insights. Make sure to say “thanks” to him Twitter, because he really went above and beyond with this content.
In case you missed any of the posts, here are links to all eight of them.
Recording An Album, Part 1: Why All the Hassle?!
Why would you even want to record an album in the first place? How do you know when it’s time to record?
Part 1 brings to light a few important considerations.
Recording An Album, Part 2: How Demo Recordings can Massively Improve Your Songs
There’s a little something called pre-production in the recording process – it’s the time you spend preparing for the studio.
Recording demos can really help with setting a trajectory for your album.
Part 2 is all about how demo recordings can really improve your songs.
Recording An Album, Part 3: Which Songs do I Want?
If you’ve taken the time to put together demo recordings, you should be better prepared to choose which songs actually need to be on your album.
In part 3, you’ll learn about selecting the right songs for your release.
Recording An Album, Part 4: Hitting the Studio
After you’ve figured out your track list, you’re finally ready to hit the studio. Your chances of going over budget will definitely be less if you’re adequately prepared.
In part 4, Goemon5 shares about preparation, instruments, practice, the click track, and more.
Recording An Album, Part 5: Session Musicians
Unless you’re planning on playing all of the parts yourself, you will need to bring in session musicians to flesh out your tracks.
Coordinating a gaggle of session musicians isn’t necessarily easy, but in part 5, Goemon5 makes it sound effortless.
Recording An Album, Part 6: Visual Art and Album Design
Is an album done when you’ve finished recording? No, there are still more steps to take.
In part 6, Goemon5 shares about the process he used to come up with his visual art and album design.
Recording An Album, Part 7: Mixing and Mastering
After all of the tracks have been recorded, they still need to be mixed and mastered.
In part 7, you’ll learn what goes into this process.
Recording An Album, Part 8: How to Determine the Track Sequence or Playlist of An Album
There is one final decision to make – what order should the tracks go in?
Goemon5 provides some invaluable tips in part 8 of the recording an album series.
Author: David Andrew Wiebe
David Andrew Wiebe has built an extensive career in songwriting, live performance, recording, session playing, production work, investing, and music instruction. In addition to helping musicians unlock their full potential, he also continues to maintain a touring schedule with multiple bands.