What is a session and how do sessions work?

Live-streamed remote 30 to 180 minute recording sessions.

What is a Musiversal Session?

Musiversal Studio provides remote sessions which are delivered by our in-house session musicians, producers and engineers.

Every session is held over livestream, using Zoom for the visual feed and Audiomovers for a high quality audio feed. We recommend that you use headphones for the best audio experience.

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

Learn more about what can be achieved in one session here.

 

What's the process?

Book your session

(and provide some details)
•   Choose the artist you wish to work with here, and then select one of our artists to deliver the session by clicking "Book a Session".
•   Select a slot in the calendar and go ahead adding the track details like name, genre, bpm and reference tracks.
♦   Find out more on how to book your sessions here.

Send your materials

•   Submit them before the session's time, so that the musician can prepare them ahead of the session.
•   Learn how to do it: Submitting pre-session materials

•   Learn more on what materials to submit: Preparing your materials ahead of a session

♦   Note: Depending on its nature, each session will have specific requirements presented to you during the booking process. Namely, how much time in advance you should upload your materials, as well as other technical and/or musical information.
Failing to adhere to the requirements may result in session time being spent with downloads, building DAW projects, printing scores, and other tasks.

Join the session

•   The links will to join the session will be available 30 minutes before the session's time. 
•   You'll be reminded of the session via email 24h before the session, along with the joining links. 
•   Learn how to join the session from your Sessions area in this article

Enjoy your session

The magic moment has arrived. A musician will be making your music come to life, and you'll connect through live-streaming technologies.

Receive your files

You'll receive all the files directly in My Sessions area under "Previous", and notified about this by email, right after your session ends. 


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

How long is a session?

Every session can be 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, 135 or 180 minutes long.

We've found 30/45 minutes is plenty of time to record up to 3 full takes of a single instrument in a ~3 minutes song, or equivalent.

Longer than 30/45 minutes sessions will bring you more time to work on your track, or give you the possibility to work on a longer one. In any case, if you didn't have enough time to record all the takes you needed, you can book in another session whenever you're ready.

Learn more about this here: What can be achieved in a session.

What are Musiversal Studio sessions for?

TLDR: to record your music, or covers, or engineering them, when 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 membership 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 membership based recording sessions. Arranging is available as add-ons to your membership.
  • 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 membership 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.