16. Remember, it’s emotion and feeling that make the best song, not necessarily the best technical rendition. Therefore you may want to talk to your engineer about different recording techniques to foster the capture of the emotion and energy in the music.

17.  If you mess up a part while recording, don’t stop and start over. That can easily cause you to burn out. Instead, check to see if the engineer can punch in the correction. Trust the engineer will stop you if needed.It is stressful and challenging to get everyone in the band to have a perfect take…that’s why we have great editing capability!

18.  You don’t have to fill all the tracks on the tape – don’t try to force something that won’t fit.

19.  Always keep in mind the focus of your music. If it’s the vocals, plan to spend the most time on them. Don’t waste time on things that don’t highlight the focal point.

20.  Get the sound you want while recording. (Never assume that you can fix it in the mix.)

21. Unless you have unique effects, record individual tracks clean and add effects later.

22.  Don’t necessarily double track everything. Doubling a lead vocal can hide all the subtleties that make a song personal and likable (although it can work well for a chorus).

23.Make backup copies after every recording session.

24.  Tune up often.

25.  Singers: always bring water but don’t use ice! Ice constricts your vocal chords. Hot tea with lemon and honey works just as well.

26.  Always get a track listing and accurate time log from the studio.