How do I know if my song is finished and ready to record professionally?
When you are happy and confident with your melody and lyric, you are ready to record. Don’t worry if you are unsure of the arrangement, that’s where we come in.
Tip: Making a rough recording and listening back is a great way to decide if your song is finished. Sometimes all it takes is listening back to your song to actually hear what needs tweaking.
What is a rough recording and why do I need one?
A rough recording is a version of your song made with a single instrument (usually guitar or piano) and a vocal. We need this so the musicians can learn the chords to your song and the singers can learn your melody and lyric phrasing.
What if I don’t play an instrument?
Singing an a cappella version of your melody and lyric works just fine. Ideally, you would do this using a metronome/click track so that your tempo is consistent.
How do I create an mp3 of the rough recording of my song?
There are many ways. Here are the most popular options:
1. On your PC, you can use a piece of software called Audacity to record right into your laptop using its built-in microphone and then create an mp3.
2. The Garage Band application on your Mac allows you to play and sing directly into the computer and then export your recording as an MP3.
3. The “Voice Memos” app on the iPhone (or any smart phone for that matter) allows you to record directly to your phone and email the mp3 from within the app itself.
Do I need a lyric sheet?
Yes. The singer will use your lyric sheet to learn the song and, during the session, the producer will use your lyric sheet to make certain the singer is singing the proper words.
How do I format a lyric sheet?
Type out all your lyrics, single-spaced, in MS Word. Every word should be captured here, even if they repeat. Indent the choruses so they’re easily identified.
Tip: Keep a copy of your lyric sheet in front of you during the session to take notes on during the performance. This way you can tell us exactly what and where you’d like the singers/players to adjust.
Do I need to provide a lead sheet?
No. Our musicians and singers use their extremely developed ears to learn the chords and melody from your rough recording.
Do I need to provide a chord chart?
If you have one, feel free to send it. If not, don’t worry. We’ll create a chart of your song for you. We’ll also provide you with a copy of the chart after the session.