Band Demo Tips | How To Make A Band Demo
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Step on How to Record a Band Demo CD, Demo Tape, Or Band
Band Demo CD Recording Tips - In order to submit band demos to venues, club owners, and
record companies you will need a great quality demo.
Demo formats can be CD, MP3, or tape. The most common
demo format is still CD, but that is changing rapidly as
flash drives can easily be used in some cases as well. CD format is still common in
the digital recording age, simply because most people have a
CD player or computer to play the demo. Although with
the digital age, MP3 formats are becoming more common.
Some bands now submit their music to
with flash drives or submit them online through their
webpages or even YouTube band pages. Listed below are
a variety of ways to record a band demo to pitch songs to
venues, club owners, record companies, and booking agents.
This page also reviews song pitches, song limits for band
demos, And how to submit song submissions to recording
- Home Recording - You may
want to rent or invest in a portable home
recording unit. Most music equipment stores
rent and sell these units. Some multi track recording
devices are more complicated than others. Make sure
that you use one with a good amount of memory so that
you don't have to stop recording and dump your material
on CD or tape to early. Once the demo
recording process is complete, it is usually fairly easy
to burn your songs to CD on your home recording
systems. You will want to read the instructions on
mastering your music before you burn your demo CD.
Maybe you would like to add effects to your songs,
equalize, double your vocals. All are good techniques
to use before burning the final CD. Most home recording
units come equipped with CD burners. Try reading some
home recording magazines and visit our
recording tips page to get information on perfecting
your sound for your demo CD.
- Computer Recording has
now become popular to record music for band demos.
There are many software programs available from Pro
Tools to Cubase to record on computers. Your band will
need a decent computer with enough Gigs or memory to
hold the amount of music you want to record. You will
also need professional audio interface equipment to
record to your computer. Some recording software may
come with this interface equipment. Basically, the
audio interface allows you to plug in your mics, guitar,
bass, etc. into the interface that takes the sound to the
computer recording software. Check with your local
music stores and do research on the internet to decide
which software would be best for your band. A good
number of professional musicians have used pro tools in
the past, but this software can be expensive.
- Studio Time - Your band
may want to book studio time. Check with other local
bands whose CD quality you really like. Make sure the
company is reputable. You may want to check the Better
to make sure the company does not have any complaints
issued. Also, have your material practiced and ready
before you enter the studio. This will save you time
and money in the long run. Most studios will give you a
few master CD's from the sessions. You can then burn
more CD's on your computer or CD Recorder, or have them
done through a professional
CD duplication firm.
- CD Cover and Jacket -
Also, you will need a good Quality CD Cover and Jacket
for your demo or CD. If you just need a small amount of
CD covers to send to local venues, why not try a
computer program that prints CD Labels, Covers, Jackets,
and more on your color printer. You can find these
programs at most music stores or department stores.
Just be aware that if your using color, your color ink
will deplete quickly with a lot of graphics of
pictures. Therefore you may just want to do a few, and
maybe go to your local copy center and see what they
would charge to print out a larger quantity for you.
You may also want to try a professional CD Cover
company. Do some research on the web and price out the
best few companies.
- Demo Contact Info - It is
a good idea to have your contact information on your
demo itself, especially if your sending to clubs or venues.
That way the will have your info in the event your press
kit is lost in the shuffle of everyday business.
- 3 or 4 Song Demo Limit for Submission
to Record Companies - In general it's a
good idea to keep submission demos to Record Companies,
Publishers, and Producers to a 3 song limit. Include
only your best material and make sure the songs are
www.copyright.gov for copyright information. Be
sure to record you music professionally. Typically
you may need to include a lyric sheet with your
copyright submission, but check the website to be sure
to include any necessary items including fees for
submission. Another great resource for
locate record companies to submit demos are the
Songwriter's Market Books. These books help
your band to locate record companies and how to submit
your music to these companies as well.
- Quality - Make sure that
your demo is of professional quality even if it has been
done through home recording. Rest assured, the
competition is putting great amounts of work into their
demo, and you don't want a rejection due to poor
quality. If your having trouble mastering your demo
through home recording, try getting your material
mastered by a studio or someone you possibly have
networked with in the past that records music. Many
computer programs can help with mastering your music.
You know what sounds good and doesn't. Keep at it until
it sounds as good as it can get.