How To Prepare for Recording a Demo Tape

If you want to break into the music industry and you think you have the vocal talent for it, one way is to make a demo tape. Since you can’t always have a live audition, recording a demo tape is the next best thing to get your voice heard.

Here’s how to prepare for recording a demo tape.

1.    Decide where you will record your demo tape. If you do it at home, a good computer system will let you do it given that you have downloaded the right program. Make sure you have a good recorder that can record at least four tracks. The more, the better. Some systems allow you to record directly on a CD. Make sure you have the equipment you need to record your demo tape.

You will need a mic, a computer, a multi track recorder and the right software like Audio Edition. Know how to use it, or have a friend worry about the technical recording so you can focus on your singing. Don’t worry about the sound quality as long as you sing well. You should record in a place that is quiet and you will be undisturbed.

If you don’t have a system at home, go to a studio and pay the hourly rate. If you go to a studio, you’re likely to end up with better sound quality and you’ll get the technical assistance you need.

2.    Choose your songs carefully. The right song will the radio station or music executive know what kind of music you can do. Find something that demonstrates your range and vocal prowess. You must know yourself as an artist so it’s all about the song choice. Even if you have a great voice, the wrong song can make or break your demo tape.

3.    If you are recording an original composition or you will have a band play instruments, make sure you rehearse properly and bring your own instruments. The instruments should be tuned properly.

4.    Rehearse the songs you will sing. Print out the lyrics and have it in front of you even if you know the words by heart. Don’t waste time by stopping recording because you forgot the words to the song.

5.    Take care of your voice before you record. Constant rehearsal will strain your vocal chords. Allow enough rest so you don’t get laryngitis. Drink throat soothing teas such as ginger.

6.    As you record, make sure you connect to the song. Don’t be so caught up in the technical aspect of singing that you lose the emotional aspect of the song. Singing well isn’t just about belting and hitting the high notes. A song tells a story so the way you say the words and the stress you sing certain parts of the song help convey that message. The listener has to be able to feel the emotions and connect to the song as you interpret it.

After you record demo tape, make sure it is labeled properly with your name and contact information. Make multiple copies to pass out to radio stations and talent agents. Persevere with your dream and you may someday find success!


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