Once you have decided on a studio, an engineer, and a producer, it boils down to money. You need to ask some very important questions to get the most for your money and negotiate a better price. (This information can also help the studio owner understand how to prevent any miscommunications with his clients.)
If you are like most people, you are working within some kind of a budget. You need to get as much information as you can from a prospective studio so you can negotiate the best price, and so there will be no financial surprises when you get the bill.
The best way to save time and money in the recording studio is to be prepared – and I mean completely prepared! I have seen so many bands that just can’t get it together in the studio for one reason or another. Either they haven’t put much thought into how difficult recording can be, or they just can’t pull everything together like they can at their live shows. These bands can waste a lot of studio time trying to come up with parts or arrangements, or even fixing problems with their equipment, and all of this wasted time could be prevented. They end up spending way more money than they should have, leaving less money for manufacturing, advertising, and promotion of their record. In some cases, they never finish their record because they can’t afford the costs. Remember, this is a business, and controlling costs is the key to any business. Some simple steps, such as thoughtful preproduction and being prepared for as many contingencies as you can, will go a long way toward controlling costs.