Four Tips On How To Be A Great Studio Client

Having been on both sides of the studio owner/studio client equation over the years, I thought I’d take a moment to give songwriters a little insight into how to handle themselves when it comes to their interactions with professional recording studios. The more aware you are as a studio client, the more smoothly your session
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Four Reasons a Professional Demo Singer Is Essential

I get it. Professional demo singers aren’t cheap. You sing well and it’s your song. Why shouldn’t you just sing the demo? I mean, a demo is just a demonstration, right? Anyone in the industry will be perfectly capable of hearing your song’s melody and lyric if you sing it so what’s the big deal
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What You’re Paying – and Not Paying – For in a Professional Song Demo

As with any product or service, the old expression “you get what you pay for” rings particularly true in the song demo world. Whether you know it or not, there are additional benefits to having a professional studio demo your songs and things you will miss in a cut-rate demo studio that could come back
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Confessions of the Studio Pros

Not to put too fine a point on it but the recording studio, when people behave badly, can be a very stressful place. As a producer, I work VERY hard to make sure this doesn’t happen and it very rarely does but, on occasion, a client’s behavior – generally inadvertently – can sour an otherwise
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What Is Mastering?

When it comes to mastering, Yes Master Studios in Nashville, TN has been my go to place for well over a decade. So, given that I get a lot of questions about the mastering process from my studio clients, I’ve asked Yes Master owner and founder, Jim DeMain, and mastering engineer, Amy Marie explain what
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Three Situations Where Songwriters Should Think Twice

The blessing – and curse – of pursuing success as a songwriter is that songwriting success often represents the equivalent of a dream come true. While it’s wonderful that as songwriter’s we’re pursuing our dreams, the danger is that we’re often susceptible to less-than-well-intentioned people hoping to take advantage of our somewhat blind enthusiasm and
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The Value of Home Recording for Songwriters

Given that a songwriter’s primary skill has always been and will always be writing great songs, I’ve decided to focus on a secondary set of skills – recording – which can add value at all levels of the songwriting process. Whether your goal is simply to get your ideas across so that studio professionals can
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Should Songwriters Put Their Songs Out There?

One of the questions I get most from beginning songwriters is whether there’s any risk or problem with getting their songs out there on social media, streaming services, websites or any other ways that songs can be heard by (hopefully) large numbers of people. It’s an interesting concern to me because, in my experience, the
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What You Can-and Can’t-Do with Your Finished Song Demo

Running a recording studio for the past two decades, I’ve recorded songwriting demos for GRAMMY-winning songwriters, major music publishers all the way down to first-time songwriters. One of the things I’ve noticed is that for newer songwriters there’s often confusion about what a demo can be used for. Strictly speaking, your professional song demo is
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Five Ways Cheap Becomes Expensive with Song Demos

I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Professional demos aren’t cheap. Part of the business of songwriting has been – and always will be – presenting your songs in the best possible light for the music industry decision makers. These folks are used to hearing – and expect to hear – high quality recordings of the
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