The Importance Of Producing Demo Recordings


Recording a demo provides songwriters and music producers with a fast and creative music production process. Demo recordings only ever need to be simple audio sketches that translate a song's core feeling and musical content. Many songwriters use iOS apps to record demos.

Confirm The Song Structure

Demo recordings help confirm the final stages of the songwriting process. A song’s tempo, key, feel, structure, groove, dynamics and mood should be performed in the demo recording. Confirming these musical elements in demos help songwriters to focus fully on music arrangement, music production and performance.

A Selection Of Songs

it is good for songwriters to have alternative songs recorded as demos. Having a selection of songs helps songwriters and music producers to confirm that they have chosen the correct song for them to invest time and money in to producing. There can sometimes be a better song written by a songwriter, a hidden gem that may work better in music production.  

Time To Develop The Song

Demo recordings also provide songwriters with a chance to take a step back from the song and songwriting process. If a song still stands up to critique a week later with no further development needed then the song is most likely ready for music production.

Music Production Ideas

Demos can also be treated as a music production trial run. Songwriters with skills in recording software can experiment with creative pre production ideas. These can musically prepare other parties in the production and can also help direction.

To Pressure Recording

Being able to record music in a pressure free environment can be very liberating. Often the best and most organic recordings can be captured when a songwriter isn't in the middle of a recording studio. In the past I have incorporated elements from a demo into a final production such as backing vocal recordings.