Preparation Is Everything
There is an entry in Brian Eno’s diary (which became the book A Year With Swollen
Appendices) in which he discusses the vital role the engineer Daniel Lanois plays during Eno’s recording sessions with U2. He talks about the fact that Lanois routinely turned up at the studio hours before sessions started to plug guitars into chains of effects for different purposes. One guitar might be plugged into a characteristic array of delays, whereas others might be patched to trigger swathes of pitchshifted reverb treatments. As a result of this preparation, an assortment of inspiring sounds was never far away and either the track being crafted benefited from some unusual sound treatments or, better still, any moments of ‘creative block’ were overcome by having new sounds to play with. Of course, many of the treatments went completely unused but the important part is that no time was wasted while inspiration was flowing; preparation brought its own rewards.
You’ll never regret over-preparing for sessions. Nothing curbs creativity like having to stop a session to plug something in. Get it done in advance