To record your very own CD you have many choices these days. You can go to a reputable recording company that already has a name for quality and success. It is a good idea to ask to listen to the superiority of previous CD productions. Some studios employ not only a sound engineer, but also a producer, who has experience in getting the best out of his talent. It’s amazing how much a good producer can get out of his clients.
Another option you have to record your demo CD is to use a “backyard” recording engineer who has his or her sound equipment. Word-of-mouth is one good way of finding a reputable and competent recording engineer. One benefit is that the cost of production will be a lot less because of lower overheads.
How to prepare for a recording
It is vital that you are very well prepared when it comes to recording your own CD. Lack of preparation will lead to time wasting in the studio which will cost you a great deal of money in the long run.
Decide exactly the songs you want to record.
Make sure you have your instrumental backings organized in advance, whether it be a karaoke or live instrumental backing.
If you use live musicians, remember that they should be most competent. Let your producer know which instruments will need to be recorded.
How long does it take to record a demo CD?
Even if you are well-rehearsed, each piece of music can take a long time to record.
For each 3 to 4 minute song, be prepared to spend at least a couple of hours to record in the studio if you're a vocalist. Bands can take much longer. The great thing about recording in a studio is that if you make a mistake, you don’t have to start all over again. The audio engineer can “drop in” at any part of the recording, without any strange noises or clicks.
Once you have finished recording the music and voice(s), the recording process is not even half finished. The engineer then goes through the process of “mixing” which means that the recorded tracks are balanced and equalized. Often, special effects are employed. For example, reverberation and compression can enhance the recording.
The final process is burning the CD. Depending what you want to do with the final product, you may want to have CD labels made. Ask your producer what he or she recommends. They may also help you to find the best place to reproduce multiple copies at a reasonable cost.
The Author - David Willis
David Willis has made quite an impact on Australian EDUCATION and the ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. An accomplished pianist, singer and actor, David owns the Gold Coast branch of the Australian Talent School, teaching professionals and amateurs of all ages the art of Singing and Presentation, whilst nurturing their passion for Music and Performance.
As a specialist Singing, Speech & Presentation Teacher for over 20 years, David is proud of his SUCCESS STORIES including Radio Announcers, stars from TV plus stars from the Musicals, including Dale Burridge ("Phantom of the Opera", “Les Miserables" and “The Rat Pack Is Back"). A lover of quality choral music, David was co-founder of the Australian Children's Choir. He has produced more than 30 Cd albums. Many of them have been broadcast on television and radio stations around Australia.
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