What are Demo and DemoPlus?
Demo recording is the best way to fully understand how your music sounds. This type of recording is usually made for a specific audience – music producers, competitions, venues where you would like to play or simply friends with whom you share your musical ideas. And why not to your parents whom you would like to show what you have learned?
DemoPlus is very similar to a professional studio recording. The difference is that DemoPlus records in your own environment – your usual rehearsal space or even your home. The biggest difference between DemoPlus and Demo is the longer post-production. DemoPlus offers the kind of audio quality you need for social media promotion; it’s ready to post on Youtube, Facebook etc.
Which alternative is best for me?
For tracks destined for a specific audience, Demo is the better choice. However, if you want to record something that has a real value for you and you would like to distribute it through public media, such as websites, then DemoPlus is the way to go.
What is the process of Demo recording?
With a mobile studio, we need time for pre-recording preparation. Depending on the music genre and number of musicians, we need from 30 minutes to several hours. For a standard rock group we will need around 90 minutes for placing the microphones and cables in the correct spots and checking all the gear. After a brief sound check, we are ready to go. The band plays as if it were a normal rehearsal. We record two to three takes for each song, and then choose the best one. The next step is studio post-production.
How is the process of one DemoPlus recording?
The preparation is very similar to Demo recording. However, the way of recording is different when there are non-balanced groups (all bands that use electroacoustic and electronic instruments). The main goal is for all of these instruments to be recorded separately. For this we have to do so-called overdubbing; we start with the drums, and leave the vocals for last. During the recording it is very important to avoid the typical “bleeding” between instruments, as well as extraneous noises.
What kind of post-production is to be expected for Demo recordings?
We will analyze the separate tracks of the multi track recording. Then every track’s dynamics and frequencies are adjusted. Once done, the material is mixed. The last step is to check and adjust the overall loudness and level of the mix.
What kind of post-production is to be expected for DemoPlus recordings?
The separate tracks are checked and edited if necessary. If possible (and necessary) we fix some parts by taking better parts from the other takes. After that every track’s dynamics and frequencies are adjusted. Then we apply the appropriate effects and mix the material. If no mastering has been planned, we prepare the song for distribution.
I think the recorded material is great! However, I would like some additional post-production because a great idea occurred to me. Can I get some extra hours not included in the original offer?
Of course! And not only for the post-production. Sometimes we need to do an extra recording. For example, the band has played and recorded well, but the singer was sick and she is not satisfied with her voice. In this case it is much better to do a new recording session than to try to fix the track in post-production.
How will I receive the final product?
You can download the final mix from our FTP server of obtain a link. Usually, we prepare three different files: Master (Wave File 24 bit/48 kHz), CD version (Wave File 16 bit/44,1 kHz) and compressed file (MP3 16 bit/48kHz) for distribution on internet.
How can I book Demo and DemoPlus recording?
Contact us by phone or email to discuss the project and possible dates for recording. If you want DemoPlus in a place where we have not recorded in the past, it is a good idea for us to tour the space before recording. You can get in touch with us through our partners as well.