If you're like most of the musicians that we see coming into the studio, you don't have a major label financing the recording/mixing/mastering of your album. Most artists have to pay for the production costs themselves, and most of them have to work on a budget. Now, this seems like a pretty daunting task. You may be asking yourself, "How am I supposed to record and produce an entire album without having to take out a second mortgage on the house?" In all our years of engineering and producing albums, we have found a number of things you can do as an artist to make your time in the studio as efficient as possible.