- What type of music will be recorded?
- How many songs do you expect to record?
- Who are the musicians (If you know some of them it might affect your setup)?
- Who’s the producer (if you’re not talking to him already)?
- What time does the session begin? Does that mean the downbeat of recording or when the musicians are expected at the studio to load in?
- How long do you expect the session to go?
- How many musicians will be playing at once?
- What’s the instrumentation?
- How large is the drummer’s kit? How many toms will he be using?
- Will the guitarist(s) be using an acoustic or electric?
- What kind of amps will the guitar player(s) and bass player be using?
- Do any of the players expect to use house gear like drums, guitar amps, or keyboards?
- How many cue mixes will be required?
- Will there be a scratch vocal tracked at the same time?
- Will they bring any special outboard gear or mics that they’d like to use?
- Will they be tracking to loops?
- Do they require any particular instruments, amps or effects?
Determining the above before the musicians hit the studio can go a long way to a quick and easy setup and an efficient session.
TIP: Don’t ask for the setup information too far in advance since much can change by the day of the session. Getting the info the day before the session is usually sufficient.
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