What does the production workflow look like?

We keep things simple with our music production workflow. The process starts off with you providing a demo of the song with a simple phone recording and any reference youtube links. Next, we will take care of the music on our end, and you will provide us with your recorded vocals on your end. Once we have all the pieces, we will complete the song and provide you with the master files.

Demo

You will provide us with a simple demo recording of your song from start to finish using your phone recording. If you already have a demo recording, you can provide that instead. Please include youtube reference links to provide insights on the sub-genre, mood, or vibe you are going for with your song.

Make sure your demo recording is close to accurate to the result as possible. Sing your song in a comfortable key and tempo as you imagine the final song to be.

Since the Christian genre is diverse with many creative styles, “worship music” doesn’t immensely help to put me on the same page with you as an artist. You have Michael W Smith, CeCe Winans, Travis Green, Ricky Dillard, Maverick City, and Elevation Worship, who all make “worship music’ but they are very distinctive. Providing great references and links helps to put us in the same arena.

We will take your demo recording and reference material to produce a demo of the song using virtual instruments. You will have a chance to review the demo and provide feedback. This is probably the most important feedback stage since we want to ensure the main elements, such as the key, tempo, and arrangement, are correct.

Production

Once we have a solid demo, we will move on with the music production to build on the music. We will add any live session musicians and vocalists during this phase and fine-tune the instruments provided during the demo. We will top off the production with any additional instruments, such as synths and strings, and add the fine details.

The production level varies based on your available budget for the project. We will rely more on virtual instruments for smaller budgets to get the job done. Vivid Tempo uses high-quality third-party sampled instruments that sound night and day from your typical digital keyboard workstation sounds.

Recording in a Local Studio

The next step is for you to provide your record vocals. This step will be a breeze if you have your own recording studio setup in your home. Check out our helpful information regarding recording your vocals and sending them back to us.

We send the instrumental to you along with any instructions and tips on sending back the files.

If you need to use a local recording studio, you can search for them on Google Maps. You don’t need to use a top-notch facility used by record labels, just any studio that operates professionally.

Since you don’t need a studio with a large live room for recording live instruments such as drums or strings, you can opt for the smaller setups that are usually more affordable for vocalists.

Recording studios charge by the hour, and you can anticipate needing anywhere from 1 – 3 hours to record your vocals. This depends on your experience and preparedness. A good reference on the price is anywhere from $50 – $75 per hour is pretty sufficient for your needs.

Post Production & Mixing

During the post-production, we take the time to manually adjust the recorded tracks. We comp the vocals, adjust the timing of instrument and vocal tracks, and provide manual pitch correction with Melodyne.

After the post-production, we mix the session files and send the music to you to review and provide feedback.

Mastering

The final step of mastering is pretty straightforward. We finalize your song and prepare it for distribution. We provide you with the final master copies so that you can use any of the many online distribution companies, such as Nectar or TuneCore.

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