How does the demo process work?
First you write an awesome song.
Then you record a rough version of that tune (smartphone recorders are fine!) and send that to us along with a lyric sheet and lead sheet (if you have one). The recording does NOT need to be anything special, and you do not have to be a great singer (that’s what we are here for!) We just need to get an idea of the song.
Then you will give us some direction and some references of how you would like the tune to sound. Ex “I’m looking for a country tune in the style of Blake Shelton. Something along the lines of “God Gave Me You”.
We take it from there! Give us 5-7 business days and we will send you a finished track! If you chose a different singer besides our in-house vocalist, please allow additional delivery time so we can accommodate the singer’s schedule.
How many revisions are included?
Each demo package includes two rounds of mix tweaks. Mix tweaks are changes made to the mix that can be done relatively simply such as volume changes, turning reverb up/down, etc. After the 2nd round of mix tweaks, we can still make changes if needed, but you will be charged at an hourly rate ($50/hour, $35 minimum). Production changes that require re-tracking any instrument or vocal will be charged hourly (same rate as above). For example, if you need a production change that requires 30 minutes of re-tracking, the cost would be $35.
What are standard instruments?
A standard instrument or sound is anything we have in-house, like: piano, organ, strings, drums, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, beat, pads, synth, bass, or any of the modern pop sounds you can dream up!
What are unique instruments?
A unique instrument is anything that needs to be hired out, like live cello, banjo, etc. You can view a list of popular unique instruments and their prices on the build my demo page.
I do not live in Nashville, can I still get a demo done?
OF COURSE! We do everything online. We’re like the Amazon of recording studios. We correspond through e-mail and get your songs pitch-ready quick!
Do I retain all my rights to my songs once you have demo'd them?
Yes! You retain 100% of your copyrights to your songs. There is a difference between copyrights and master rights. See below for what you can and cannot do with your demo.
Can I use the demo recording you created for radio play, or for sync placements on TV/film?
No. A demo recording cannot be used commercially unless you purchase a master release from the singer and the producer of the demo. You can purchase the release when you build your demo.
Examples of commercial use include, but are not limited to:
- Selling the demo recording on iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon Music, etc.
- Streaming the demo recording on iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, YouTube (monetized), etc.
- Licensing the demo recording for TV/Film Placements
- Using the demo recording for Radio Play
What is the purpose of a songwriter demo?
The purpose of a songwriter demo is for pitching that tune around to publishers and artists to get the song “cut” or recorded commercially. We also allow our clients to enter their demos into songwriting contests.
What is the difference between demos and masters?
Demos (though they sound great) are not as meticulously produced as masters which are used as album tracks or singles. Demos are used to paint a picture of your song so that an artist, producer, or A&R person can hear what the song sounds like once it is produced. Full production master tracks are retail ready tracks that you would release on an album or as a single. Much more pre-production and attention to detail are given to full master tracks. Also, demos are meant to be heard by industry professionals while masters are meant to be heard by EVERYONE. Pricing between demos and masters reflects the intended audience exposure as well as the time and resources invested by the producer into the given project.
Can you help me pitch my song to publishers or artists?
No, we do not have a pitching service. We record pitch-ready demos, but we are not and do not claim to be song pitchers or publishers.
How long will it take to get my song demo'd?
We have some of the quickest turnaround times in the industry. We can usually demo your song with 5-7 business days (or less!). We can also expedite your demo for a small fee if you need it faster than normal. Compare that to the industry standard (6 weeks), and you’ll understand why we’re proud to get you pitch-ready faster!
How do I pay for my demo?
Payment is expected at the time of submission and can be made through PayPal or via credit card over the phone.
What Genres do you work with?
We have made pitch-ready demos for any genre you can think of. From R&B to Country, from CCM to Rap, from Pop to Classic Rock, even Punk and Metal, we can make a pitch-ready demo for you!
Can I sing on my demo?
Of course! Just send us your tuned vocal track to have us mix it in.
How can I network & learn more about songwriting?
Great question. Nashville is “Music City”, so it’s a great place to start, but you can always become a part of the music industry no matter where you are. Check out our Songwriter Tools for ways you can get involved.