Recording long distance

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Working with me over a long distance

I work with clients from all over the UK and also from various places around the world that I have never even met (some of them I have never even spoked to!).

How can that work?

Each individual client has different needs, but essentially the process is this.

Reference material

Firstly it is a good idea if you send me a couple of links to youtube or some other site of one or two songs as reference material for the musical area you would like your song to eventually sound like. This lets me get my head into the right frame of mind for creating the music. Every aspect of a piece of music is shaped by the style that we are aiming for. Certain chord progressions are perfect for an RnB tune, but not so good for a pop track. I will not just copy what you send me though!

The essentials of your song

Then I need a very basic recording of the topline melody, or a guitar/piano vocal version if you already have chords worked out. This can be done on a basic mic into a computer soundcard, onto a mobile phone, or even a cassette if necessary. Just keep it straight and clean, but with whatever emphasis you feel is important to get the emotion of the song across. Just make it the essentials of the song, try to avoid a 10 minute version (unless it is supposed be 10 minutes, which is fine...I think!). Lastly a copy of the lyrics, so that I can into the vibe of the song, and also this helps me to map out how I will fit it all together.

Backing track

With all this in hand I will then sit down, work out a harmonic structure with the melody, then create some drums, bass, and keyboards or guitar (depending on the style) and work on the layout of the song (where the intro/verse/chorus/break etc should all fit). Once the framework is in place I will then flesh it out with more instruments and detail to the point where it sounds like a strong enough backing track to perform the vocals to. What I don't do is completely finish the backing track though. I leave enough space for you to do perform and also allow myslef the space to add other instruments to enhance your performance.

Recording the vocals

Now that I have the backing track done, I will email an mp3 of it to you and you can then record the vocals at a studio local to yourself. I am not in a position to give any recommendations unfortunately, but if you do a little bit of research online and make a few phone calls, you should be able to find a studio that will be happy to accomodate you and help you to get a good vocal track recorded.

Fitting it all together

Once you have your finished vocal done, then you can send them to me as a WAV or AIFF file (the studio will do this as standard) and then I can work on incorporating your performance into the mix, adding effects, editing them and performing various tricks to not only get them sounding good, but to add colour and texture to the recording. Other instrumental parts will be added that compliment what you have done, along with further production details which just give the track that finishing polish.

Now we have a finished track which I will send to you as a WAV file and an MP3 file. I will happily send on a master CD as well in the post if you wish

Typical project cost £150 - £300