Record Your Single


Recording Your Single pdf 

1. Finish your song completely:
• Verse/Chorus Form (most worship songs on radio) Examples: I’ll Fly Away, How Great is Our God. Does your song have a verse and chorus? Do you need a bridge or pre-chorus? Do you have an interesting intro and solid outro? Do your phrases have enough room for the singer to breathe?
• AABA Form. Examples: Joy To The World, Mary Did You Know. This form has longer all-in-one verses, (A), with a bridge (B), no chorus. https://
• Lyric sheet (lyrics only): Check your spelling, check your word count, indent chorus, or label sections, i.e. “Verse One”, “Chorus”, etc. See Examples: lyrics
• Lyric Sheet with Chords: (lyrics double spaced with chords above each line) See example: said-amen/
• Lead Sheet: Music staff with melody only, chords and tablature indicated above staff, lyrics below staff. (See example at end of handout).

2. Recording your song
• Ways to record: How to start recording your song.
• Record into your phone, have a friend record your song (or college music student). phone/
– Audacity, Sound Cloud
– Home Studio: Garage Band, Logic Pro, Pro Tools. Ableton.
– Recording studio or someone’s home studio –
• Rehearse your song until you are comfortable playing it all the way
through without any breaks (guitar only)
– Sing light and easy vocal exercises every day for a week before recording
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• Tracks:
– Build your tracks from the bottom up:
– Record your drum sections first
– If you are not using drums, begin with bassline, record until you are
happy with it. This is basic, as your baseline will drive the other voices.
– You must use click track! (In your headphones
– Guitar is next: record at least 3 tracks (preferably 6) of your guitar alone,
including intro and outro.
– Fine tune your guitar after each track recording.
– Record each guitar take on separate tracks, using the bassline in your
headphones as a guide. Mute the existing guitar track as you record the
next one, using your bassline only.
– Do not use lead guitar passing tones where vocal will be recorded!! This will fight the vocals.
– Record vocal on separate track, using guitar and bassline in your headphones, (but leave out percussion and instrumental fills by muting their tracks)

– Record at least 3 vocal tracks (preferably 6) without guitar
– Record percussion, flute, or any fill instruments separately.
– Record background vocals (you can sing these yourself by recording one
vocal part at a time.
– Record some kind of pad (electronic sustained tones, strings, choir vocal,
etc) this will add continuity and depth to your recording. If you can’t use an electronic pad, simulate a pad with pedal point on your guitar, using mid- low tones.
– Check top end levels to make sure your instruments and vocals are not topping out.
If you mix your own song: Trust your ears!
– Starting with vocal tracks, begin mixing by cut-and-pasting the best phrases of each track onto one track. Mute the rest and save for later, if you need it.
– Add reverb sparingly
– Double your vocal track to see how it changes the sound. Make one of
the track different than the other (i.e., more reverb, more echo, etc.)
– Cut out or mute breath sounds before phrases
– Make vocal with lyrics the most prominent. Listen to a worship song on
the radio, and notice how their vocals stand out. If you have great guitar
skills, amplify them during the intro, fills and chorus only
– Nothing supersedes the vocal track…it is King!
– Try duplicating guitar track, using same method as vocal.
– Double check bassline and pad to make sure the tones are in sync with
guitar chord patterns.
– Fine tune percussion to take out any hissing sounds or top end distractions
– Step away from your mixing session for a few hours/day to get “fresh ears”,
then go back and listen.
– play your finished song at home, in your car, and on other devices to see how it sounds different. Adjust mix to correct any obvious flaws.
– Polish off any rough sounds on the top end (tambourine, percussion)
– Send the mix to trusted musician friends or mentor who can give you their
take on your mix only.

– Mastering – Have your treasured song professionally mastered. https://
3. Packaging
– Choose your artwork:
– Stock photos.
– A photo from your photo library
– Commissioned artwork
– Plain color background with simple, clear typeface for title an information. :
– Label all of the components of your production with proper copyright
information, your name, and how to contact you.
– Have your cover art printed, or photocopy it yourself.
Choose your media (something fans can hold in their hands):
– CD (printing on burned CD, artwork and credits inside clear case)
– Vinyl. (Printed cover)
– Mp3 (download cards plus website)
QR codes, Bar Codes, ISRC codes difference-between-product-sku-upc-barcode/
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