Crit Harmon

Producer etc

Your Recording Session

We are delighted to invite you to a professional recording studio to record a performance. I will be there to produce and provide creative direction. You may choose to record any material you desire and may perform solo or invite a maximum of 2 other accompanists. Sorry, due to time restrictions, full drum kits will not be accommodated.(consider small percussion instruments if you wish). Your session will be mixed and delivered to you by the next class, at which time you may be asked to play it for the class and to discuss your studio experience with your classmates.

Recording sessions will take place at Bristol Recording Studios. 169 Massachusetts Ave • Boston • MA 02115  
Sign up sheets for scheduling your time will be available during class hours. Scheduling changes and questions that come up outside of regular class hours should be directed to Laura Agudelo Cuartas. lagudelocuartas@berklee.edu (781-971-6475)
( PLEASE DO NOT CALL BRISTOL STUDIOS DIRECTLY AS THEY HAVE NO INFORMATION ON CLASS PARTICULARS.

Sessions will be from 15-20 minutes long. This is not a lot of time for set up and multiple takes, so, please study the suggestions below on BEING FULLY PREPARED! The sign up sheets will ask you for a brief description of what you intend to do to help us expedite setting up microphones etc. The actual start time of your session will vary depending on how things are going with the performers ahead of you. However, you can approximate your time slot. For ex: If you've signed up for the 3rd slot in the 12-2 time zone, allowing 20 minutes each for the first 2 performers, you must be ready to start as early as 12:40. In any event, please be early, in tune, warmed up and ready to go!

You are also encouraged to attend the student's sessions as an observer. At this time I will not be limiting the number who may attend, but realize that if the room gets too crowded, we may have to rotate the attendees in and out. Please do not invite observers that are not taking the class. They will not be admitted due to lack of space. (However, you may invite students from outside the class to participate in your session as players)

Note: Bristol has a electric piano that you may opt to use.

PREPARING FOR YOUR SESSION
-Make sure you know where Bristol is. Don't be hunting for it at the last minute!
-Don't be late. You will be costing yourself YOUR time in the studio. Be early.
-Know your music. Don’t plan on writing a song in the studio. Before the session, establish the best key, know the melody and lyrics, smooth out pitch and range difficulties and lock in the tempo.
-Rehearse, either by yourself or with anyone who may be accompanying you on the session. Practice with a metronome if you plan to use a click track. Record yourself at home if you can, even if it’s only on your phone. Get used to hearing your recorded self.
-If you’re bringing your own instrument, make sure it is in good playing order.( Newish strings for guitarists, stretch em out so they stay in tune!).If you are expecting to use an instrument at the studio, make sure they have one! Please contact Sarah for studio info, we are trying to keep the calls to the studio at a minimum, they are very busy).
-Come rested and ready. Don’t blow out your voice the day before practicing or gigging!

What to Bring:
-Your instrument.
-Your prerecorded track. If you plan on recording to a prerecorded track, please send the track to me in advance of the session (crit@critharmon.com)., and bring a copy of the track with you in case for some reason it does not reach me.  If there's time we'll have it cued up and ready to go when you walk in.
-Tempo information-If you want to record to a click track, please have an idea of the tempo before hand to speed up the start of the session. 
 

This should be a fun learning experience. Be prepared and do your best.