After you’ve finished a song but before you start the full-blown production process, you should record a scratch demo. A scratch demo is a quick recording of the song that serves as the basis for the actual tracks you’ll record later.
A good scratch demo is at least a little bit inspiring to the producer, but more importantly, it’s an accurate and solid foundation for the production. It should be very consistent in tempo (if not recorded to a click) and have a well-pitched vocal. That said, if you’re spending more than an hour recording the scratch demo, you’re probably spending too much time. Lay down a solid guitar or keyboard track with a good vocal and you’re on your way to a successful record!
This video is the first in a series of videos as I take you behind the production of a new single, hopefully all the way through to a finished cut. Grace and peace! – Peter