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Creating a Music Demo - recording techniques

Music Theory by Jeff Dunsmore in Butler, Pennsylvania

How to record your first music demo

I will try to keep this short and sweet. I have heard a lot of music demos from local bands that are just starting and some of them are great and some have a lot to be desired. Most of the bands that have good sounding demo recordings have recorded using at least an 8 track digital recorder at home or went into a decent local studio. The ones that do not sound as good to me are live recordings from local bands in a club. We all get anxious to get our music put up on the internet for everyone to hear us and our band, but if it does not sound good, I feel it can hurt and also hurt you from getting a good gig. If you don't have a decent recording, below are some suggestions for getting started.

Invest, rent or borrow and 8 track digital recorder

You can get a roland or tascam 8 track digital recorder for next to nothing these days. Get one that can do 24bit recording and your set and will end up with a decent sounding demo. Most of the digitarl recorders come with built in studio quality effects to.

Microphones: If you are on a budget, you can start out with an shure sm58 for vocals and a shure sm57 for instruments. If that is out of your price range, check out the shure pg series.

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