TakeLessons Shares the Ins and Outs of Recording a Demo
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For musicians aiming to secure some studio time and record a demo, TakeLessons shares a helpful list of things to keep in mind.
San Diego, CA (OPENPRESS) December 28, 2011 - In a big boom for the music industry, Adele has surpassed the 5 million sales mark this week, the first artist to hit that record in one year since 2004. The feat is great for the music industry, which as a whole has been struggling the past few years. According to Reuters, album sales have been decreasing an average of 8 percent each year since 2000, with a jump to 13 percent between 2009 and 2010.
For musicians, recording an album is a great goal to have. TakeLessons (http://takelessons.com), the nation's fastest growing music lessons provider, took the opportunity to share with blog readers a list to keep the to-do list in check for musicians recording a demo.
The following is an excerpt from the blog post:
"1. Pick your recording venue. Are you going to book a studio? Are you going to record at home using your computer? Make sure whichever venue you choose is equipped with everything you need, and if you're recording at home, make sure you understand the acoustical quirks of the room.
2. Choose your recording method. There are two basic choices available to you: Recording live - that is, all instruments and vocals being recorded in one take - produces a raw, rough sound. Or multi-track recording - each instrument being recorded independently on its own track- gives cleaner and more polished sound. The right one for you depends on the music you are making. Hardcore punk? Go live. Radio friendly pop? Go multi-track.
3. Set up. For the drums, each individual drum should be miked, and the cymbals should each have two mics. The bass and guitar should each go through a DI. If you have a double guitar part, or to get a really clean sound, the guitarist can have a mic plus be hooked up to an amp in separate room, to prevent bleed of the amp sound into the mic.
4. Record. Time to do the actual recording. Don't get caught up in the details and don't record for hours on end. A demo should be short, sweet, and to the point."
By sharing the tips with blog readers, TakeLessons hopes to continue engaging current students and help with any musical goals they may have. Readers are invited to share their thoughts by commenting on the TakeLessons blog, where they can also read tips for guitar players on building calluses, and comments are also welcomed on Facebook (http://facebook.com/takelessons).