1. Prepare the physical stuff (NOT your body – that’s coming up)
Make sure you have your scripts printed out, marked up, and organized.
Have an extra pencil or pen around AND a highlighter.
If recording at your OWN studio, be sure you have a good phone connection and that the studio is comfortable, clean, at a good temperature, with NO distractions. Clear out your family for the day if you have to.
Be sure to have any questions or concerns written out and ready to address.
2. Prepare your equipment! (if recording from your studio)
Preamp/Interface/Mic – check the cables, the stand, the pop filter etc. Be sure there are no defects and that you know how to use all parts perfectly without thinking. Master how to use the gain and any EQ or effects. Be sure you know how to change and certify all inputs and outputs are operating properly.
Headphones – check cable, check input jack, ensure there are no weird pops or clicks and that you have a solid signal. I personally DO NOT actually listen while I am recording, but you will need it for playback and to hear your producer.
KNOW YOUR DAW! This is a MUST! You have to know how to record, edit, bounce, etc. Master the operation of the DAW. I will say it again – MASTER the operation of your DAW!
Communications – phone patch, Skype, Source Connect, etc. Confirm all this is working properly the day of recording.
3. Prepare your MIND and your BODY
Get a good nights sleep, if possible for AT LEAST 3 nights before the session.
Be sure to eat, and drink TONS of water the day of and if possible for at least 3 days before.
STRETCH! This means both your body AND your VOICE. Warm up beginning at least an hour before your session. But DO NOT over do it! Too much of a good thing is still too much.
And MOST IMPORTANTLY – Relax! Have fun! This is YOUR demo recording session, so make sure you enjoy it.