General guide: up to 3 full takes of a single instrument on a ~3 minute song.
With musiversal session musicians, 30 minutes is enough to record a lot of music material to a very high standard. After reviewing thousands of completed sessions, we discovered that 30 minutes is plenty of time to record the equivalent of up to 3 full takes of a single instrument on a ~3 minute song, or equivalent. There'll also be time at the start to get acquainted with the musician, and time to wrap up at the end.
The clearer the material you provide, the smoother the session will be. If your material is clearly laid down in audio and/ or in written form, our musicians will be able to simply focus on what's really important: making great music!
Learn more about how sessions work and how to best prepare your materials ahead of a session.
Our 30 minute sessions are designed to record:
- Songs/ pieces of approximately 3 - 4 minutes long.
That's the length of an average song, or short instrumental pieces.
You may achieve up to 3 full takes of a single instrument in a 3 - 4 minute song.
Consider the length of the part that you wish to record. For example, if your song is 20 minutes long, but you wish to record just 3 minutes of drums, then that'll be adequate to record it in a single 30m session. On the other hand, if the drum part is 10 minutes long, then it'll likely require more than one session to record to completion.
- Easy to sight-read and/ or improvised parts
If you'd like the musician to improvise, you'll need to provide written harmony. A simple chords chart or sheet music will be sufficient.
Our 30 minute sessions are not designed to record:
- Western classical music from historically acclaimed composers
Do you want to record Tchaikovsky's violin concerto? Bach's Sonata for keyboard? Trumpet excerpts of Beethoven's 5th Symphony? If that's the case, this goes beyond the terms of the musiversal subscription, but you may request a quote for a custom recording via email@example.com.
- Multiple instruments in a session
Some of our musicians offer multiple instruments. Even though it might be tempting to ask for more than one instrument in a single session, changing instruments require time to, for example, change microphone position, tuning, etc. This is not possible in one session because we care for maintaining a good work flow and providing a comfortable experience for both you and the musician. If for example you want to record Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo and Lap steel, you should book an equivalent number of sessions.
- Multiple parts for the same instrument
Depending on the complexity and number of bars that you wish to record, the musician might be able to record more than a single part of an instrument (cello, for example). However, this is different to saying that the musician may record multiple passes/ takes of multiple parts. That is unlikely to be possible and will require multiple sessions. The same applies for our singers: recording lead vocals, backing vocals and doubles may not be achievable during a single session.
- More than 1 song/ piece per session
A lot of time goes into preparing for each and every session. Requesting more than one song/ piece per session means significantly increasing the preparation time required for each session, which is not how musicians are compensated and therefore is not how the platform is designed to work. Our musicians are awesome, and sometimes they may be able to nail your track in under 30 minutes. Nevertheless, that does not mean that you should use one session to record more than one song. The golden rule is: one song = one session.
- Highly complex pieces that would be hard to sight-read and would require the musician to study for hours
If your material would require hours of preparation/ study, we recommend getting a custom quote via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, if you wish to use your subscription sessions’ quota to record your piece, you can do so. Multiple sessions will be necessary, and you can book them as usual. In this case it may happen that part of your sessions will be used by the musician to learn your piece by sight-reading it.
- Pieces longer than ~5 minutes
Example: you have a fairly standard part to be recorded, but it's 12 minutes long, or you have parts with many multiples pages of written material. If that's the case, you will need multiple sessions, which you can book as part of your subscription.
- On the fly arrangements, created by the musicians
Who doesn't love a good old horns section? Or a string quartet? We do. And you do too, right?
If you want to record an ensemble, you should provide a scored arrangement. The musician will not create a full ensemble arrangement for you during the recording session.
If you need someone to write or score an arrangement, whether for strings, woodwinds or a horn section, we can provide those services separately. You can request a quote via email@example.com.
- And as for singers:
Recording sessions with singers are not songwriting sessions. Our singers will not create a melody for your lyrics, or lyrics for your melody.
Some of our singers are multilingual, but they don't offer translation services. They will not create versions of your verses in different languages.