If you are currently in a band, or are working on a solo singing career, and want to start performing, you need to have a demo tape. A demo tape will allow you to showcase your musical talent to any venue you wish to perform at. Musicians used to have to wait for a recording company to sign them before they could make a demo. Nowadays, however, if you want to catch the attention of a record label, you need to already have a demo.
If you don't have a lot of money to spare, but still want to cut a small demo, look into mid-level studios in your area. A mid-level studio will be able to help you create a demo that is "radio-ready"; which is what you need in order to get your career going.
A mid-level recording studio will have at least the basic recording equipment and may be able to help you with basic editing of your tracks; however, you shouldn't expect anything too advanced.
Most mid-level recording studios will charge you lower rates to use their recording space and don't have any minimum booking standards.
Industry Standard Studio
If you really want to create an impressive demo, you'll want to record at an industry standard studio. An industry standard studio will be able to provide you with extras that a mid-level studio can't provide you with.
You can expect to have a well-trained sound engineer assist you with your recording session. The sound engineer should be able to do more than make your tracks radio ready; they should be able to really clean them up, enhance the sound, and offer your valuable feedback.
You should also expect to have to book the studio for a set amount of time. Most industry standard studios require bands and musicians to book for at least a certain number of hours or sessions. Rates for industry standard studio spaces will cost considerably more than mid-level studios.
If you want to get your music out there, and start playing in venues, you need a solid demo. You can record a radio-ready demo at a mid-level recording studio without having to shell out too much money. If you save up a little bit more, you can cut a professional-tailored demo at an industrial level recording studio. The key is to have a demo so you can start performing in venues and building a fanbase in order to attract the attention of a label.
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