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 7-10 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.
Can I sing on my demo?
Of course! Just send us your vocal track to have us mix it in. You can also add vocal tuning to your package so your vocals are on point!
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 (2) rounds of mix tweaks. Mix tweaks must be requested within the Listening Period (within 7 days of the demo delivery). Mix tweaks are changes to the mix that can be done simply such as volume changes, turning reverb up/down, etc. After the 2nd round of mix tweaks, or after the Listening Period, we can most likely make changes, but you will be billed for additional mixing.
Need bigger changes? Any changes that require a musician to re-record his/her instrument or vocal or need intense editing would be considered a production change. We are happy to provide you an estimate for your changes before we begin the session.
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?
Yes! If you have the Master Release for your demo, you can enter any song contest. If you don’t have the master release, you can enter any song contest as long as the recording won’t be released publicly. For example, some contests have a radio prize that guarantees the recording will get played on the radio. Other contests might make the recording streamable on their website. You’ll want to purchase the master release with your demo if you’d like to enter these types of contests.
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 access to 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?
You can purchase wet stems or dry stems on the Build My Demo page. Stems are exported in a high quality WAV format. You can order additional stems for $75. Check out our blog to learn about the difference between wet stems and dry stems.
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.