The recording is governed by the performance
Your performance affects two areas of the recording: the emotional impact and the sonic signature. Producer/mixer Ronan Chris Murphy writes, “All other factors being equal, better performances will always “sound” better, and bad performances will never sound all that good. When a drummer and bass player finally lock into a groove, the kick drum sounds better. When a singer really gets the emotion of a song, the vocals sound better.”
Well-Tuned & correct Intonation
I know, it seems obvious…but if your musical instrument sounds hideous, you’ll get a beautiful recording of a hideous sounding instrument. Intonation and tuning problems lead us away from a state of Sonic Bliss and may be the cause for Suffering when mixing.
Guitarists, Bassists and people twanging on things:
Bring extra strings, cables, batteries, picks, power strips, and anything else you might need. Make sure that your instrument has correct intonation. Tune, tune, tune, and then tune again.
Vocalists and people making noises with their mouth:
Bring throat lozenges and lyric sheets if appropriate. Warm up your voice on the way over to A.O.N. Recording Studio. Choose The Middle Path of Microphone Technique, moving closer for more intimate sections and pulling farther away when singing loud or belting.
Budgeting time and money for basic tracks, overdubs, editing, and mixing:
Allow enough time and money in your budget for mixing, editing or archiving. Mixing and editing one song can frequently take 4-6 hours or more, even if trying to work very quickly. Mixing and editing often take longer than basic tracks and overdubs.
Be on Time for your session
A session begins at the time the client booked it, whether they are present or not, and continues until the recording has ceased and clients are preparing to leave. This includes making CD-Rs rough mixes. Etc.