Song City’s Nashville Demo Packages
Be Here for Your Nashville Demo Session Without Actually Being in Nashville!We bring Nashville to you! You can now ‘virtually’ be in Nashville for your Nashville demo session! We’ve been successfully tracking Nashville Demos as well as Master sessions via Skype and Google+ for a long time now. Our U.S., Canadian, and international clients love it! Even our local clients love it for its convenience. It works out great for everyone!
When we Skype or Google+ you for your session slot, you will have video access, and a clean audio feed from the board. All you need at the very least, are ear-buds, or a decent set of speakers connected to your computer, iPad, iPhone, or Android on a good connection. You will hear everything as good as if you were here in real-time! This way you can have direct communication with your producer while your tracks are going down LIVE.
About Our Price ChartsWe have 3 different Sets of price tables on this page, followed by more details. Our different demo package options are designed to specifically fit different needs and/or demo budgets. At the bottom of the page, we have a playlist of some sessions we’ve done, so you can listen to the quality of our full production work.
The 3 price tables and playlist are in the following order and are hyperlinked for your convenience:
Full Band Nashville Demo Packages
Produced, Mixed and Mastered
The following 3 price charts, directly below this box, are our Platinum, Gold, and Silver ‘Produced, Mixed and Mastered’ demo packages. These Full Production demo packages are the most popular turnkey approach among our Nashville Demo clients. With these packages your songs are completed quickly and effectively by industry professionals from start to finish with a commercial sheen that is undeniable. We also mix and master your with these packages, to make them stand up to anything you hear on radio.
We recommend our mixed and mastered demos if you really want a “Wow!! Where did you record that!!” kind of response from those who hear your songs. These packages impresses publishers and producers alike. Our mixed and mastered tracks are Song City’s best calling card.
Most Popular PackageLive DrummerBassAcousticElectric GuitarKeysAdd $96 per song for out of the ordinary instruments (Fiddle, Harp, etc.) NOTE: Many times Lap Steel (slide electric Guitar), Mandolin, Banjo, or other utilities can be played by either the Acoustic Utility player or Electric Lead player at a discounted rate.
$650Live DrummerBassAcousticElectric GuitarKeysDoes NOT include Demo Singer
(Vocalist Pricing - See Details below)
$500Excellent Drum samples
(Superior Drummer - by Toontrack)BassAcousticElectric GuitarKeysDoes NOT include Demo Singer
(Vocalist Pricing - See Details below)
Produced RAW Demo Packages
What Does RAW Mean?
‘RAW’ means ‘RAW, Un-Mixed TRACKS.’
The following 3 price charts, directly below this box, applies to our Platinum, Gold, and Silver, RAW recorded Nashville Demo tracks, produced in our Trident room. They are produced and recorded, then compiled to a single file per track part and sent to you raw and untreated.
We essentially pre-produce and then record your tracks within our package parameters and send them to you in raw 24-bit Broadcast Wave format, un-mixed.
This is an even more affordable package if you happen to be a well-seasoned studio engineer and/or singer/engineer, or a producer/engineer who is equipped with the skills to mix and finish the work on your own. If you simply desire to capture well-performed, RAW tracks by world-class Nashville talent, recorded in a well-tuned, industry grade environment, under the guidance of a well-seasoned Nashville producer, and can mix the tracks yourself, then this is a great deal for you!
It is important to note that great finished masters require great skill. If your goal is to get a demo done with little time or trouble, then our ‘Mixed and Mastered’ packages above this box are your better option.
What if I want Vocals?
RAW - Platinum
Most Popular PackageLive DrummerBassAcousticElectric GuitarKeysAdd $96 per song for Steel, Fiddle, or Harp. NOTE: Many times Lap Steel (slide electric Guitar), Mandolin, Banjo, or other utilities can be played by either the Acoustic Utility player or Electric Lead player at a discounted rate.Vocals NOT included
(Add price of vocal + $100 for studio)
RAW - Silver
$300Excellent Drum samples
(Superior Drummer - by Toontrack)BassAcousticElectric GuitarKeysVocals NOT included
(Add price of vocal + $100 for studio)
Important Package Details
Please Read Carefully
Gold and Platinum LIVE Band Demo Packages
Our competitive Gold and Platinum LIVE BAND Demo packages listed above, are all tracked real-time during what we call a ‘slam-jam’ session, here at Song City in our Trident Room. We use some of the most seasoned, and credited musicians in Nashville. The players we use have played on several hit artists records, such as Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, and more. Unlike our Silver packages, these tracks all go down LIVE with all the players on the same session.
FREE Pre-Production and Song Charting*
All songs submitted to be demoed will receive a FREE complimentary Pre-Production meeting, via Skype or over the phone, with our experienced Nashville producer, Dave Demay. Dave has nearly 30 years of production under his belt, and as a producer engineer he stays current to the marketplace with his ear, his ideas, and his mixing approaches.
Song Charting is FREE, but the only time that additional charting fees come into play, is if an extraordinary amount of extensive composition is involved, which you can read more about by clicking on any of the links in this paragraph.
Each demo gets an average tracking slot of not much more than 30 minutes with the band, with producer, Dave Demay, at the helm insuring the client’s pre-production requests are being met to the client’s satisfaction. We know 30 minutes ‘seems’ like a short window to cut your song, but as you can tell when you listen to our demo playlist, our master-level A-Team musicians are amazingly efficient, quick and effective at getting you the best demo that you can get at such an incredible bargain. They are attentive to being aware of each song’s theme, its material substance, and they make sure to give every song a unique approach. They are awesome at what they do.
Dave has worked with these musicians for several years. Some for more than a decade and others, longer than that. Although other elements are very important to the final process, musician selection and a quality recording environment is a crucial first step.
Our extremely competitive demo packages are possible because they are recorded on sessions that are shared with other songwriters who are having their songs cut also. This collective of writers helps add more songs to our sessions, making it more affordable to bring the live band together. This is one of the things that makes our pricing so competitive, given what all is included.
These demo packages include up to 3 hours of studio time for vocals and mixing. Additional studio time that goes beyond what is allotted in the package is $100/hour.
'Silver' OVERDUB Demo Packages
For the more budget-restricted songwriters and publishers, our Silver overdub ‘Build-Out’ packages, either the “Mixed and Mastered” Silver package, or our “RAW” tracks are unique in the sense that all the instruments and vocals are overdubbed one part at a time and we use top-quality drum samples (Superior Drummer) to sequence the drums. The bass may be played using keyboard samples or a real bass. The bass sample is very convincing and the fact that it is a sample is virtually undetectable outside of certain human and stylistic characteristics.
Although most agree that nothing quite matches the vibrant energy and spontaneity of a LIVE band performance when they are all tracking at the same time and feeding off one another in the moment, but the Silver ‘build-out’ Package this is an excellent alternative if your finances cannot fit into a LIVE band budget. So be sure to take a look at either our “Mixed and Mastered” Silver package, or our “RAW Demo” Silver package.
Vocalists - Important Details
You can listen to, and pick the vocalist you like from our Vocalists Listing page. Vocalists that are included in our ‘Produced, Mixed and Mastered’ Demo packages are excellent Nashville singers who have agreed to work with us a little on their singing rate IF we can keep them busy here at Song City. Our alliances with pros in the industry aid in our competitive pricing on our Demo packages that include the singer. We set these prices with the hope that it will give us and the singers more work and songs for them to sing at once while they are here to track vocals. That kind of work saves everyone time and travel cost. Some singers will vary in added cost to the package according to who you choose. It may not be that much at all; maybe $25 or $30, or it may be somewhat more, according to the artist/singer.
We can use any Nashville based singer you would like that you may have used before, even if they don’t appear in our list. We can either try to contact them for you, or you can provide their information if you have it. The singers in our list are very in-demand vocalists in Nashville. We are still populating our list and it will continue to grow with time. We still have some singers that we need put in the list that we actually use quite a bit. We are still getting new website going and populating it as quickly as possible. You can sing your own vocal, but the package price will have to remain the same to compensate for vocal editing and tuning. Known pro singers require less editing and tuning time after the singing ins tracked, and are pretty much ready to mix immediately.
Don’t forget that our producer, Dave Demay, is an accomplished singer and vocal coach in his own write. You can also have him sing your demo, as he is a favorite with several clients. Regardless of who you pick to sing your demo, you can bet that Dave will insure that the vocal tracks are nothing short of stellar, given his experience and input during the tracking and editing process.
Normal Vocalist Cost
According to who you choose, the vocalist cost averages between $100 to $150, on up to $200, and even $250 or more for singers who are more difficult to get, either because of popularity or because they carry a level of celebrity status.
*Extensive Composition FeesWe include FREE production and charting for submitted songs that are complete in their musical composition. A reasonably decent work tape that demonstrates the chords and melodic flow is essential for our producer and for the band to reference before charting and recording the song. As stated above, and in our demo package details, we provide pre-production, hands-on session production, and charting free of charge under reasonably optimal conditions. It is all part of our normal packaging, but sometimes client work tapes arrive that fall outside of those normal parameters.
Why Additional Fees for Uncomposed Works
Unfortunately there must be an additional charge of $50.00 to $98.00 per song, according to how much work is required, for submitted material or work tapes that have only the client singing on the recording without any musical accompaniment or if the client has not fully composed the melody or song structure. If the client simply wants us to put their lyrics or poetry to music, it will $98.00 cost to compose those works to music before the package price is applied.
It’s difficult to explain how difficult it is when musical work tapes are not provided for reference, but without clear musical guide lines accompanying the submitted material, charting and writing a melody and chord arrangements to pre-existing lyrical structure or rhyme, can be an extremely difficult and time consuming task that will likely need to be contracted to a musician or done by the producer himself. If sheet music is sent it without a work tape, it will also need to be transcribed into the Nashville number system, which is what our musicians use for Nashville sessions. So if only sheet music is submitted without a work tape recording to reference, and the chords are not notated in the sheet music, the time involved and focused process of transcribing the sheet music and creating a work tape for the band to reference, is an additional $50.00 added to the production’s package price.