But you need a decent demo of 5 min of so of your best stuff to ever get a gig. Its frustrating.
I play in 2 little groups and both are in desparate need of a short demo to ever get out of the garage.
You try to do it live, and the room sucks, you cant get the mix to sound right. You spend the whole rehearsal futzing with mic placement and gain staging and by the time you come upon a half decent mix, your're exausted and your playing sucks.
You try to do it a track at a time and you loose all the energy and feel that makes you sound unique and special.
The professional studios around here usually charge $600 or so for a 3 song demo, which dosnt include mastering or hard printing to any media, and limit you to 3-4 hrs of recording time. But thats prob what were gonna have to suck up and do. One group has some commercial potential, its oldies 60s rock so if we got a few gigs we could make our money back pretty quick, plus the members are older and have some independant finacial means. THe other group is original music, kinda Americana, led by a 20 something singer/songwriter. Not much real commercial potential for that around here, other than getting in a showcase or something. Plus these guys are younger with less disposable income.
Heres the line up for the 2 groups:
The 60s band: 2 acoustic guitars, sharing voc and lead guitar duties. P bass. Good drummer with a small kit who can fit in with the scaled down acoustic vibe. This group has penty of mics, decent recording equipment at our disposal, but the rehearsal space is small and the live recorded sound just sucks.
The Americana Band: Acoustic guitar singer-sonwrither, elec lead guitarist, myself on bass, upright or sometimes Pbass. No drummer yet. We would prob add a little simple percussion to the demo, in hopes of eventually finding a drummer. This group only has a very basic computer rec set up, audacity, and a 2 ch usb mic interface. I do have an old 4 track Tascam cassette we could use. The rehearsal space is a little bigger, but its a hard room and would prob need considerable treatment to get a decent live recording.
One idea Im kicking around is when the weather warms up, set up outside(we got 1/2 decent PA eq) like it was a private garden party or something, invite a few friends and get someone to videotape us. But if we go to that trouble, we need to make sure the videographer has good sound on his camera and knows something about editing it down to demo length.
I guess Im just venting, or asking for ideas. I hear some recordings posted on here done at home that sound really good. Maybe we just suck, I dunno.