How does the demo process work?
When you’re ready to demo your song, you can use our Demo Builder to choose all your options, tell us your song ideas, and upload your song info. It’s super easy!
How long does it take to create my demo?
We can usually demo your song within 5-7 business days — which is one of the quickest turnaround times in the industry. You can also choose to expedite your demo for a small fee if you need it faster than normal. If you compare our turnaround time to the industry standard (6 weeks – yikes!), you’ll see why Pearl Snap Studios is the premier online demo studio for songwriters.
Please note: If you chose a different singer besides our in-house vocalist, or add a unique instrument, please allow additional delivery time so we can accommodate the musician’s schedule. Thanks!
How will I receive my demo?
We’ll send you an email with a download link to your demo files.
If you’d rather have a physical copy of your demo, you can request to have a CD shipped to you ($15).
Can I sing on my demo?
Of course! Just send us your tuned vocal track to have us mix it in.
I do not live in Nashville, can I still get a demo done?
Of course! We work with tons of songwriters around the world. No matter what time zone you’re in, we’re happy to correspond through e-mail and get your songs pitch-ready, quick!
How do I pay for my demo?
Payment in full can be made through Paypal, which also accepts credit/debit cards.
How many revisions are included?
Each demo package comes with two rounds of mix tweaks that are valid for days after you receive your demo. Mix tweaks are changes 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, or after the 7 day period, we can most likely make changes, but you will be charged the studio’s hourly rate ($50/hour, $35 minimum).
Need a production change instead? Production changes require our musicians to re-track an instrument or vocal. These changes are 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.
Do you take any of my publishing?
No. You retain 100% of your publishing rights to your song.
Can I enter songwriting contests with my demo?
Can I use my demo for commercial use?
If you purchase the Master Release with your demo, YES! The Master Release is the work-for-hire agreement set by our producers that allows you to own their contribution to the master for commercial use.
What is a demo used for?
A demo is used for pitching purposes. As a songwriter, your goal is for your demo to get pitched to a publisher (or record label), and that they in turn put your song on “hold” for an artist that ultimately “cuts” your song (by recording his/her own version of it).
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.
What type of stems do you offer?
Can you help me pitch my song to publishers or artists?
No. We do not offer a pitching service. Please be careful and do lots of research on any company that claims to pitch your songs.
How can I network & become a better songwriter?
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 live. Check out our Songwriter Tools for ways you can get involved.