Recording sessions can be a bit intimidating and nerve-racking. We've accumulated some general tips on how to prepare and take full advantage of your time at the studio.
Try not to over think it :: probably the number one cause of frustration after a recording session is realizing you got nervous during the session and could've performed better. Avoid coffee or energy drinks. Bring your headphones if you like them, it helps to have something you're comfortable and used to (studio headphones are often bulky). You can bring one friend to listen and give you additional feedback (more than one is not advised as it can be distracting).
Let us worry about the technical stuff :: we all love talking and geeking out on studio equipment, but your session is best spent focusing on your performance, on the song, preparing for the dialogue you're reading, etc. We can try a few different microphones if you'd like, but that will take time from your performance and can end up causing additional fatigue.
Dress comfortably :: even if you're planning on taking photos or recording a video of your session
Bring a copy of your text/lyrics/music :: we can print it at the studio too but it really helps us keep track of the session. We can read music but bring whatever you're comfortable with (chord progression, scribbled notes, whatever), we're not music snobs.
Ask questions before, during and after :: we're here to help you get the best performance possible, so feel free to ask us any questions you have. We want your project to succeed - we're not milking you for that additional studio hour.