Quick start guide for using a remote musician

So you’ve found a musician online you’d love to record on some of your music. You’re hovering over the ‘Book Me’ button, but your worried that you won’t have everything they will need or maybe it won’t be to a good enough standard for them to record to? Here is a quick start guide to get the best out of your remote recording session:

Record your music to a click. This will be the best and quickest way for any musician to put down their tracks. If there is a common reference point, it makes everyone’s life a ton easier – especially if you’re recording drums first.
If you find it hard to play to a click and are going to re-record the scratch tracks anyway, ask your first musician to record the song to a click only, and you can build it from there.

Bounce your song with a separate reference track (if you have one). Make it as easy as possible for the musician to solo what you want them to play. Equally mention how strictly you’d like them to adhere to your guide.
If you have no guide track and want the musician to let loose, then that’s totally fine too. You may want to give them a rough idea of the direction you’d like them to go in at the very least, although most musician’s intuition should get them there anyway.

References. If you know what kind of sound you’d like to replicate from another recording you’ve done, or from another band you like the sound of, then send it the musician’s way. The more info we have, the quicker we can get the best sounding track for you to make you as happy as possible!
If you don’t have any particular sound in your mind then that’s fine too, just let the musician do their thing and use their experience, and 99% of the time it will sound great!

Some extra things to know:

What format are you recording in/what do you want back?
i.e are you recording at. 44.1khz, 48khz or another resolution?

How quickly do you need your tracks back?
Know what your timeline is so the musician you are using can fit you in accordingly.

Use the musician’s expertise.
Let them use their years of training to give you what they feel would be right for your music, and take it from there.

Ask questions.
If there’s anything you’re not quite sure about, always ask, and don’t feel silly. We’re all just a musician like you at the other end of a computer wanting to make the best music possible. We’re all in the same boat.

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