Recording for Solo Artists

Select Recording Studio is the ideal studio for solo artists - whatever the stage of your career, your abilities, or your goals. We have over 20 years experience working with solo artists in many musical styles such as dance, RnB, hip-hop, pop, electro, indie, metal, rock, dubstep, country, musical theatre and jazz.

Whether you are looking at developing a song from scratch, singing over an instrumental, or improving a song you have already written, our friendly production team can guide and advise you from start to finish to ensure that you achieve a top quality recording. Our music producers play the following instruments: guitar, keyboard, bass and drums so there are no hidden costs with having to hire musicians for your recording session, unlike so many other studios!

1. Record: over a backing track or instrumental of your choice or create an original song in our London studios with a professional music producer with guidance from start to finish.

2. Develop: your lyric and melody ideas into professional sounding songs . We can also help with harmony lines, backing vocals, vocal production effects and vocal tuning.

3. Provide: modern production techniques.

4. Fine Tune : your mix and vocals to give that industry standard quality.

Check out some of our testimonials, to see what other solo artists have said about their experience at the studio.

We have an extensively equipped London recording studio with finest quality vocal microphones, pre amps and an acoustically treated vocal booth to capture the best in your voice. Have you ever been in a studio or at home and been stuck for harmony lines? If so, we can help with harmony lines, backing vocals and vocal production effects in various musical styles. Our music producers are also experts in vocal tuning and correction, to give your voice that professional finish.

FAQs: Recording For Solo Artists

When a singer or artist wishes to sing over an instrumental or backing track we follow the process below:

Usually the artist will bring their own instrumental or backing track to the studio for us to work with. After warming up, the singer or artist will sing the song through in its entirety. Usually four or five complete "takes" are recorded. Each "take" is listened through and the best versions of the vocals are chosen and pieced together to make one perfect vocal track. The performance is checked to see if any sections need tuning (pitch correction).

Vocal effects are then added: EQ, compression, reverb, echo, etc. Certain sections of the vocal track may also be double-tracked to add depth. Sections may also have extra effects applied where suitable or desired. Finally, the song is mixed and mastered onto CD or to MP3 format.

The studio engineer's role is to work with the artist and producer to achieve the best possible recording. Initially, this starts with setting up the studio space by choosing and positioning microphones and other equipment which are needed to record a particular artist or group. The studio engineer has a deep knowledge of the studio and knows the capabilities of all of the elements of studio equipment, including microphones and outboard FX. During the recording, the engineer is also on-hand to assist with specific sound or effect requirements which an artist might require and works alongside the producer to achieve a successful recording session.

It's important to prepare well for a studio session in order to make the best use of your time in the studio and to get the best out of your session. Ideally, you should have a strong idea of the style of your song and how it should be recorded before you arrive. It is helpful if you can bring with you any reference tracks that you like or tracls which have a similar style to what you are aiming for.

Once you are in the studio the time will pass quickly, so it is important to have a very clear idea of your goals and to be realistic about what can be achieved during the session. If you are working with other musicians it is important that they are aware of the recording goals and also what is required of them, especially in terms of their familiarity with the song arrangements, the instruments required and your recording schedule.

Warming up is important to ensure that your performances are of a high standard from the very beginning. Arrive in good time for your session so you stand the best chance of starting the session off in a relaxed way and achieve your optimum level of performance quickly.

During an extended recording session, ensure that you maintain concentration levels and be sure to eat and drink regularly to keep energy levels up. Avoid foods and drinks with high sugar content as these tend to lead to energy highs and lows - water is best.

Before / After Examples:

Example audio recorded, mixed and mastered at Select Recording Studios:


Examples of songs recorded at other recording studios but mixed and mastered at Select Recording Studios:



An example of a recording "before" and "after" production and mixing:


An example of a female vocal track "before" and "after" pitch correction:


An example of a male vocal track "before" and "after" pitch correction: