Welcome! To The Play It Again Demos and Nashville Trax Blog

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Welcome to the Nashville Songwriter’s Blog sponsored by the song demo service, Play It Again Demos and the recording studio, Nashville Trax.

Nashville Trax have been in business producing demos, master recordings and instrument tracks for songwriters and producers since 1991.

This blog contains numerous posts about songwriting technique,. music theory, artists seeking songs, song publishers seeking songs and more!

Text us: 515-319-8615 or e-mail us at nashtrax@bellsouth.net or at piademos@bellsouth.net to inquire about:

  • Having a demo, master quality single or album produced
  • Adding instrument tracks played by Nashville session musicians to your self-produced project.
  • Live stage performance tracks made of a cover song or original

Here are some MP3 samples of our song demo work. We produce Country, Christian, Blues, Americana, Bluegrass, Pop, Rock.. you name it.

Here are indie and major label song pitch opportunities

Not computer savvy? No time? No connections? You’d rather focus on song writing than on song promo? Here’s how we can promote your song for you. What a great time to be a songwriter!

Play It Again Demos is a service for songwriters who need high quality demos and CDs made of their work using Nashville session quality musicians and singers.

Nashville Trax is a project recording studio for singers and songwriters who either live in the area or wish to come to the Nashville area from other locations to record. Nashville may be known for country and bluegrass but these guys can play anything.

If you haven’t had much success with your music in the past using other studios and producers, hop on board and hold on. Things are about to change!

This blog is about songwriting, producing, recording and life. If we think it will help you out in some way, we post it. It’s free of charge and access is unrestricted, stop by anytime. Subscribe if you like, that’s free too.

Enjoy!

Would you like to contact us about YOUR project?

E-mail:
nashtrax@bellsouth.net

Text:
615-319-8616


Nashville Area Record Your Songs, Boat, Tour Travel Package!

NEW! Nashville Trax, in conjunction with, Play it Again Demos is now offering this exciting package deal this summer, starting June 21st through October 20th!

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  • Have your songs recorded professional or record your vocals professionally
  • Meet your music producer and one or more of the Nashville Trax A Team session musicians… watch them play on your project! Get pics and autographs!
  • After sessions enjoy a relaxing boat ride or rides on one or both of the two large Nashville area lakes Old Hickory Lake and/or Percy Priest Lake)! Choose pontoon, wake, fish and ski all beautiful, new, high power boats, Water toys such as tubes, skis, Lilly pad, Big Mable) included!
  • Enjoy a tour of the area’s most significant sites: the touristy Broadway where bands play almost 24/7 year ’round! Spend an evening on Music Row where the real music biz happens! Experience the world famous Opryland! More!
  • Options are available with or without vehicle and hotel.

If you’ve never been to the greater Nashville area and want to experience a slice of what it’s all about, this is the way to do it! Everything from finding a great hotel to locating the iconic Nashville area sights is handled for you!

Interested? e-mail nashtrax@bellsouth.net NOW for your package quote!


Mastering That’s Affordable and Great

Mastering, the step in the recording process during which the stereo mix file is processed to increase the dynamic range as well as even out the frequencies to create a more professional “radio ready” sound, is necessary to prepare a mix for commercial release, these days many demo mixes are enhanced with mastering.

Other things can occur in this stage such as bringing out more vocal or adding effects such as reverb to the entire mix.

But it can be costly- up to $5,000- to have a ten or twelve song CD custom mastered.

But how about a price as low as $55 per song? Yeah, you can afford that!

Welcome to:

Affordable Music Mastering by Nashville Trax.

No, it won’t be a custom job slaved over for hours BUT it WILL be 90% as good!

At this price you can try one and see for yourself!

Independent songwriters and artists price:

$75 per song for one or two songs.
$55 for three or more.

Send your best stereo mix(es) to nashtrax@bellsouth.net

Send payment to nashtrax@bellsouth.net via PayPal.com

mp3 files can be mastered here. but for higher quality we can master .wav files

For add16/44.1 or higher.

Most projects turned around within 24 to 72 hours.

Additional details available at the above link.

Still have questions after checking out the link?

Text 615-319-8616 or e-mail us at nashtrax@bellsouth.net


Top Nashville Producers

If you’re seeking a list of top Nashville producers to record and produce your album project you should consider Bill Watson of Nashville Trax. If you are seeking to do an independent project he is almost surely the right fit.

His experience encompasses decades and his numerous repeat clients testify to his skills. Don’t miss the testimonials.

For his credits, visit this site as well as this very blog
You can contact Mr. Watson via text: 615-319-8616 or e-mail: nashtrax@bellsouth.net

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Songwriter Kerry McFate (left) and producer Bill Watson (right) taking a break from mixing Kerry’s songs.

Songwriter Kerry McFate (left) and producer Bill Watson (right) take a break from mixing songs for Kerry’s Clarence Lowden album.


Affordable Mastering

Once your recording is mixed there is one additional step available that virtually all recordings intended for a CD release or radio airplay receive. That step is known as “mastering”. Mastering demos is also a recent trend.

What is it?

The stereo mix file is processed to increase the dynamic range as well as even out the frequencies to create a more professional “radio ready” sound. Other things can occur in this stage such as bringing out more vocal or adding effects such as reverb to the entire mix.

While the original purpose of mastering was to prepare a mix for commercial release, these days many demo mixes are enhanced with mastering.

But at $250 to $500 per song the major studios charge for custom mastering it can be costly to have a ten or twelve song CD mastered.

But how about a price as low as $55 per song?

Welcome to:

Affordable Music Mastering by Nashville Trax

Independent songwriters and artists price:

$75 per song for one or two songs.
$55 for three or more.

Send your best stereo mix(es) to nashtrax@bellsouth.net

Send payment to nashtrax@bellsouth.net via PayPal.com

mp3 files can be mastered here. but for higher quality we can master .wav files 16/44.1 or higher.

Most projects turned around within 24 to 72 hours.

Additional details available at the above link.


How To Make Your Self-Produced Album Sound A Lot More Professional

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Four CDs released this year Nashville Trax helped make happen

Planning your next album? Interfacing with Nashville Trax can help make it more professional than any music you’ve created before.

The CDs pictured, all released in 2018, demonstrate four different ways these artists chose to work with us to achieve a better result than they could muster on their own.

The upper left CD by The Greatest Gift was an eight song album, one of many we’ve done for this Christiam three-piece vocal group. The group’s songwriter sent us his rough originals recorded with just piano and vocal.

We charted his songs and cut all new music tracks. The group then added their vocals to those tracks in a local studio near them in the New England area and mixed there.

As we’ve worked with them they’ve gone from playing on Sunday’s at their local church to appearing on T.V. shows and scoring hits on the Gospel charts.

Lower Left: The Swansons first album: We cut all the music tracks using our Nashville Trax A Team. Based in the Los Angeles area, they came to Nashville and cut their vocals here at Nashville Trax then we mixed here in Nashville using three different mix and mastering studios, including here at Nashville Trax.

Country This has garnered considerable radio airplay in the United States and birthed two charting singles. We are now about half way through producing their followup album.

Upper Right: Rootstock was an album project we added individual instrument tracks as needed, steel on several songs, fiddle on a few songs, etc. simply beefing up the musical muscle.

Lower Right: This group is based in Norway. We cut every instrument track, they added their vocals at a studio in Norway, sent them back to us where we mixed and mastered. This Christian group reports that CD sales are going extremely well with many hundreds sold the first few days, nearly recouping their investment within hours of release.

In each case the group or artist mentioned above possessed a high degree of talent but no one is an expert at everything. We were able to provide top notch equipment, world class musicians, professional engineering and guidance to make their projects superior to what they could have accomplished alone.

We can help you too! e-mail nashtrax@bellsouth.net with a description of your project, what you wish to achieve and how you believe we might help out. Or call producer Bill Watson at 615-319-8616.


Recording Studio Rates Nashville

How much does it cost to record your music in a Nashville Recording Studio?

To have a project produced you’ll pay for some or all of the following:

  • Studio Time: $75 to $150 per hour (this may or may not include the engineer and producer frees)
  • Studio Session Musicians: $50 to $200 per song (the lower end usually covers one part, guitar by a “name’ player encompassing several parts (acoustic, electric, etc.) may land at the higher end of that scale.
  • Studio Session Singers: $75 to $450 per song
  • An Audio Engineer: $50 to $100 per hour
  • Music Producer: Set fee per project, negotiable according to number of songs and scope of work.

    Our studio does follow these rates and engineer/producer fees are included:

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    These Recording studio rates in Nashville reflect prices that are are current as we write this.

    Figures are ballpark and may not be accurate for every studio.

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Nashville Mix Engineer

Tracks are done and you’re seeking a Nashville mix engineer? Nashville Trax offers the highly skilled talent you need to make your mix sound fantastic!

Simply use Dropbox, We Transfer or some other file sharing service to deliver your tracking files to us, we upload, mix, and return your stereo mix.

Yes, it’s that simple! Prices start as low as $150 for a mix with only a handful of tracks.

For additional information please text us at 615-319-8616 or call the same number. Or e-mail nashtrax@bellsouth.net. Please make it clear your interest is in having us mix tracks you’ve already recorded.

We can also add additional instruments at this time. Need extra percussion? Bass guitar? Pedal steel? Let us know and we can add what you need prior to mixing!

Additional information on our mixing service

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Your Mix CAN sound Professional!

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Background Vocals For Your Project

In Nashville, we call them “bgv’s” which is short for “background vocals”. Two of the best were in Wednesday, Jim and Jaime Riley, pics below, adding bgv’s to three Swanson songs, the final touch before moving the songs on to mixing.


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While they can be somewhat costly, bgv’s can really make a song special; consider putting them in the budget of your next demo, single or album.

The songwriter this session was for, Joe Finley texted session producer/engineer, Bill Watson: “Hey Bill, heading to the airport and just listened to the rough mixes with background vocals, needless to say I’m in tears!! # Grammy”

We can add bgv’s to projects recorded wholly at Nashville Trax or even add them to songs in progress at other studios.

E-msil nashtrax@bellsouth.net or call 615-319-8616 for additional information or to book a session.


Video Production for Artist and Singles Promotion

Do you need video production for your song?

Video can be extremely effective at building a fan base, creating revenue streams and whetting the appetite of your fan base for upcoming products. As this video does:

Meet Dads And Daughters

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We live in a video world! The best way to promote your band, your song or you as an artist, is on video!

But if you lack the time or skill set to produce your own, contact Our Video Team

For a very affordable price they can create the video you need to succeed and even post it on social media for you.

Here’s the video of the actual song Dads and Daughters Know

Interested? Get details at the link above or text indicating your interest in having a video produced, call 615-319-8616.

 


Accordian Tracks For Your Recording Project Online!

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Yes, That is just one of many instruments we have available at Nashville Trax Tracks online!

Need Accordion on YOUR project? Click Here!


Thanks so much to you and Aaron for the awesome Banjo track!

Hey Bill!! I just want to say thanks so much to you and Aaron for the awesome Banjo track, it sounds great the mix, exactly what I was after.

I think this will be my third order now with Nashville Trax and I’m sure there will be many more to come in the future. You guys are fantastic!! Thanks again!! Kind regards, Louise D’Arby (Australia)

Need Banjo? Click Here!