What is a session and how do sessions work?

Live-streamed remote 30 minutes recording sessions.

musiversal provides remote recording sessions which are delivered by our employed session musicians. Every session is held over livestream, using Zoom for the visual feed and Audiomovers for a high quality audio feed.

You must use headphones for a good session experience.

During the session, you'll be able to meet and chat to the musician, direct the recording and do multiple full takes, as well as any overdubs if time allows.

Here's an example

How long is a session?

Every session is 30 minutes long, which we've found is plenty of time to record up to 3 full takes of a single instrument in a ~3 minutes song, or equivalent. If you didn't have enough time to record all the takes you needed, your unlimited subscription means that you can book in another session whenever you're ready.

What are musiversal sessions for?

TLDR: to record your music, for which you provide detailed materials, or guidelines (for improvising). (more on what files to provide for a session HERE)

Further clarification about different kinds of services, using the same instrument as example:

  • If you have a song, and you wish a trumpet player to solo in a section, that's improvising, and it's possible on subscription based recording sessions.
  • If you have a song, and you want the trumpet player to create trumpet stacks to go along with sax and trombone, that's arranging, and it's not possible on subscription based recording sessions. Arranging is available as add-ons to your subscription.
  • If you have no audio and no score, or if your song is just a chord progression, and you wish the trumpet player to create a melody based on a feeling or verbal direction, that's composing, and it's not possible on subscription based recording sessions.

A song typically has a melody (that you've come up with/created) and a harmony (chords that you've also created) to go with that melody. This melody (and chords that go with it) is usually divided into sections. Most typically, a verse, a bridge and a chorus, which may or may not repeat a few times and in different orders (and eventually with different lyrics). You can think of most songs you know, and you'll see that they almost always comply to this, in one way or another. In some cases, apart from a melody that is being sung, there's also a melody in one of the instruments, which is also fundamental to the song. A good example of this is Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine": the first thing you hear is not a voice singing a melody but a guitar playing a melody. This melody defines the entire song just as much as what the singer later on sings.

All the above pertains to songwriting, composing and arranging. This should all be done and provided by you to our sessions musicians. If you have any difficulty doing this, we'd recommend you to talk to our customer support team and request a production/arranging session. Our producers will try to help you to make your vision for the song come alive and have all the materials ready for our session musicians to play. And this is a key word, here: play. Session musicians are supposed to play what you provided them with, not write, compose or arrange it. So you should keep that in mind before asking them to do any of those three activities for you. That's not what they're there for. If you need any of those services, our producers can provide that for you, so please talk to our customer support team through support@musiversal.com.

"What about improvisation or soloing", you may ask? You can certainly ask our session musicians to do that. Why? Because improvising (or soloing) is very different from songwriting, composing or arranging. These three elements of the song are its defining elements, the ones that will give the song its identity and structure. These elements are (in most cases) thought through and revised before reaching a conclusion, and they are (most of the time) written and laid down in some sort of way that you can always come back to them. Improvising, on the other hand, is not only a spontaneous process, but it's also something that is done over those structural elements of the songs (the chords and/or melody). Improvising or soloing in a song is pretty much like bringing paintings or other ornaments to the walls of your house: you can always have the house without the ornaments, and it might still be a great house. But you can't have great ornaments put anywhere unless you have the house standing first.

So please, feel free to ask the musicians to help you build your house (by playing the chords and melody that you've come up with) and also to embellish it (by asking them to improvise over a certain section of the song). But don't ask them to be the architects who'll invent it. That's up to you. You're the architect and our musicians are only here to help you build something you've already thought through and the plan of which you have written down clearly for them to execute.

How it works

1. Book your session
All you have to do is choose the instrument you'd like recorded on your track, then select one of our musicians to deliver the session.

2. Send your materials
Once you've scheduled in the session date/time, we'll request for you to provide some information about your track, as well as to send us your music files. You must do it up to 24 hours before the session, in order for the musicians to prepare for your session.
Learn more: What format do I need to send my music files?

3. Receive your session links
You'll receive the video and audio livestream links 24 hours before your session is due to begin, so that you have enough time to invite your friends and colleagues to join the livestream.

We will also email you with the session links 1 hour before the session starts.

4. Enjoy your session
The magic moment arrived. The 30 minutes where a musician is making your music come to life, and you're connected through live-streaming technologies.

5. Receive your files
You'll receive all the files directly in your own Google Drive folder (and notified about this by email) no later than 24 hours after the session.


Learn more: What do I receive after my session and when do I receive it?