The Power of the Demo

Demos can seem like a waste of time and energy – especially if you’re going to be the one doing the master recording.

Why should you spend time recording scratch parts if you’re just going to re-record them a little later?

Believe it or not, there are actually several good reasons you should make a demo before you make the master recording.

In fact, if you make a demo, you’re much more likely to succeed in the long run – here’s why:

A demo is more than just a scratch recording. When you’re working on a demo, you’re not too worried about the perfection of the performance, the quality of the recording, or even the technical aspects of the mix. You’re focused on the energy of the music and the musicality of the parts.

This means that you can worry about the music and focus almost 100% of your energy on making the song better. You’ll be able to hear if a lyric isn’t working, a chord that is out of place, or where an awesome drum fill should go.

If you dive straight into the master, you’re going to be worried about many other aspects of the recording process – getting the right level, placing the mic in the perfect position, etc.

This can really bog down your creative mind if you’re not careful.

Once you finish the demo, you’ll also have a much better idea of where you’re going with the track. Since you won’t be as focused on writing the music (since you’ve already done this in the demo), you’ll be able to focus more energy on the recording. Now is the time to focus on the technical aspects of the process that can make all the difference in the world for the quality of your final master.

What better way to make a demo than with GarageBand on the iPad? Check out our newest training and start demoing your newest song along with us!

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