Know your songs: Practice, if the band doesn't know the songs you are wasting your time and money!
Before recording: Try new strings for bass and guitar, it will improve the sound. If you can’t afford new strings boil them in hot water, dry them straight away and apply a string solvent to stop them rusting.
Drummers: Old skins can sometimes be past their used by date – new ones will sound heaps better, but don’t forget to run them in for a couple sessions prior to recording.
Be on time: If you book for 10am your time starts at 10am, and not when you arrive. Don’t be late!
Have a rough mix: Or at least a good idea where all the parts fit like extra vocals, harmonies & guitars.
Remember, you get what you pay for: A demo is a demo. Obviously the more time you spend on a song the better it will sound.
DON'T GET YOUR EQUIPMENT STOLEN!
The best thing you can do is – NEVER EVER LEAVE – your gear in the car unattended!! It only takes a few minutes to smash a window, and run off with your guitar/amp……
Record serial numbers of guitars, amps, pedals etc. It is also a good idea to take photos as well. If your gear is stolen report it to the police straight away. Having all the details helps you and the police identify your stuff.
If it is stolen check out the second hand dealers in your area, also check eBay to make sure it hasn't been listed for sale. If you do see your stuff and you have reported it to the police, let them know and they will go to where it is and find out where they got it from.
Your musical equipment can be insured, this is best especially if you take your gear to gigs. If you have no choice and have to leave it in your car at least you’ll be covered. You can contact Marsh Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd, (03) 9340 1333.