Recording Your Single pdf
RECORDING YOUR SINGLE
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? https://www.nashvillesongwriters.com/structure-number-ones-0.
• 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:// bandzoogle.com/blog/3-types-of-song-forms-and-their-main-uses
• Lyric sheet (lyrics only): Check your spelling, check your word count, indent chorus, or label sections, i.e. “Verse One”, “Chorus”, etc. See Examples: https://genius.com/Matt-redman-10000-reasons-bless-the-lord- lyrics https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/15930764/Kari+Jobe/Revelation+Song
• Lyric Sheet with Chords: (lyrics double spaced with chords above each line) See example: https://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/all-the-people- 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). https://homestudioexpert.com/can-you-record-music-on-your- phone/
– Audacity https://www.audacityteam.org/, 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
(at least 10 minutes). https://apps.apple.com/us/app/vocalizer-for-ios/ id1453784872
– 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:// theproaudiofiles.com/11-tips-for-better-mastering-results/
– Choose your artwork:
– Stock photos. https://www.lightstock.com/
– 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) https://theproaudiofiles.com/the-importance-of-lacquer-cutting-for-vinyl/
– Mp3 (download cards plus website)
QR codes, Bar Codes, ISRC codes
https://www.isrc.com/ https://www.lifewire.com/cd-barcodes-for-selling-music-online-2438446 https://quickbooks.intuit.com/global/resources/starting-a-business/the- difference-between-product-sku-upc-barcode/ https://www.wikihow.com/Register-a-UPC-Code https://usisrc.org/news.html
https://www.gs1us.org/ https://usisrc.org/faqs/reg_code_applicants.html https://www.isrc.com/free_ISRC_codes.php
Create online music webpage
Join a PRO (Performance Rights Org)
Aggregators https://artists.spotify.com/help/article/getting-music-on-spotify?ref=claimflow https://www.tunecore.com/