It’s day 11 of 31 Days to Better Recordings, and it’s time to change gears a bit. Now that we’ve talked about recording equipment, we’re going to dive into technique. This should be fun. šŸ™‚


If you’ve hung around Home Studio Corner for any length of time, you’ve probably heard me talk about pre-production from time to time. I think it’s probably one of the most important steps of the entire recording process.

In fact, in the Production Club, my 12-week training course, we spend the entire first week dealing with pre-production.

Pre-production is the planning phase of the recording process. It’s where you determine things like arrangement, instrumentation, tempo, etc. Seems simple enough, but you can save yourself a LOT of time and wasted takes by knocking these details out at the beginning.

Recommended reading:

Make Sure the Song is Good…FIRST!

All the pre-production and planning in the world can’t make a terrible song better. Live with a song for a few days or weeks. Record a quick demo, listen to it in your car. Let the song work itself out in your mind before committing things to tape. You may find that the song needs some major overhauling before it’s ready for recording.

Day 11 Challenge

Do you have a pre-production process? Share it with us below. If you don’t, come up with one and THEN share it with us. šŸ™‚