If you are new to the recording world and are about to start recording a song or spoken-word piece, you have to ensure that you don't add noise to the recording. While that sounds easy at first, it's very common to find out your mouth is a lot drier than you thought it was or to have other issues that interfere with recording. Bringing these three things with you to each recording session will help make the work go more smoothly.
Keeping water around sounds so obvious -- that's one of the best ways to prevent dry mouths and throats from affecting recording -- but many studios don't have any because they just haven't budgeted for it. That means you have to be sure you have an adequate supply with you. Be sure you have small bottles of water with caps. Do not leave bottles uncapped; if those fall over in the studio, the water can damage wiring and pose an electrocution hazard.
Greasy Chips and Green Apples
Sometimes water isn't enough to help with mouth issues, and the recordings you get all have these little clicking sounds. These are called mouth clicks, and they occur when little bubbles of saliva in dry mouths start popping during speech or singing. While the clicks can be removed during post-production, it's better not to have them in the first place. Believe it or not, greasy potato chips and green apples can help. The grease from the chips, and the extra saliva your mouth produces when you eat a green apple like a Granny Smith apple, help lubricate your mouth and make those bubbles less likely to appear. Keep a supply of single-serving chip bags and washed apples with you. And even if you aren't having trouble with mouth clicks, you have snacks at the ready if you start hearing your stomach growling during recording.
Sometimes the extra noise isn't from a dry mouth but instead from a noisy shirt. Microphones are very sensitive and can pick up clothing rustling as you move. Have a soft T-shirt with you if you misjudge how noisy your clothing might be. A soft T-shirt will be less likely to produce enough noise for the microphone to pick up. It's even better if you just wear a T-shirt to begin with, but if you are coming to the recording session from another job, for example, you might not feel like changing if you don't have to. A T-shirt stuffed in your bag just in case is a good idea.
If you want more strategies for reducing extra noise when you record, talk to the engineers and directors in the studio (like Coming Home Studio or other locations). They know all the tricks that voice actors, singers, and others use to get better sound quality.