Demo Recording 101

Learn how to record a professional-sounding demo quickly and effectively using minimal gear.

2.5 Hours
7 Sections

A good demo is your first step to getting heard, but in today's competitive music world, it's not good enough to just roll out a live recording. The good news is that it's possible to make demos that sound like a finished product without a lot of gear, if you know what you're doing.

In this course veteran sound engineer Vishal Nayak, owner of Black Lodge Recording, will take you through the process of recording a professional-grade demo in a day using only two microphones. We'll cover what's known as the "basics" — how to record all of your instruments and sort out your arrangement so you have a track you can be proud of.

Note: You'll get the most from this course if you have a song ready to record, a basic understanding of digital audio workstations (DAW), two microphones, and an interface, but they are not requirements. We'll elaborate more on the recommended gear within the course. 


Vishal Nayak

Engineer, Drummer, Producer

Vishal is a drummer, engineer and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. He started recording music with his friends as a teenager in Kolkata, India before moving to the United States to attend Berklee College of Music in 2005. Vishal owns and operates Black Lodge Recording in Bushwick and records bands constantly. He also plays drums with Empress Of. You can find out more at:

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Course Outline

  1. Section 1

    Getting Started

  2. Section 2

    Scratch Tracks

  3. Section 3


  4. Section 4

    Bass and Beyond

  5. Section 5


  6. Section 6


  7. Section 7

    What's Next?