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.


Here is another microphone we like for demo's and YouTube creators. Mackie USB Mic

Level Up Your Sound with – New USB Microphones

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