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you are recording a choir, recording a brass band or
recording an orchestra preparing for the recording session
is vital. Being prepared has not only served the boy
scouts well but is an invaluable piece of advice when
it comes to the recording session. It can be a big decision
to make a recording but there are a number of useful
tips to make sure that the day of the recording is a
pleasant and successful experience.
First of all make sure everyone knows the date of the
recording session....... Secondly make sure
everyone knows the date of the recording session.
Next you need to look carefully at the choice of material
you want to record. Always choose material that you
know you can play well rather than attempting material
that is beyond your standard. Its far better to have
all the material of a good standard and remember your
rivals will always want to hear a bad performance!
Just because a CD can hold 75 minutes of music don’t
think that you have to fill it. Decide on anything up
to 14 or 15 pieces that you are confident with thogh
the avarage number of tracks is 12.. A running time
of anything around 45 minutes to an hour is fine and
even if you are wonderful after an hour the listener
will want a change.
Choose a variety of material with some light and shade
so that there are different moods on the CD unless of
course it is your intention to produce a CD of hymns
or songs from the shows.
I can’t stress enough the importance of the
venue and if you can do so, get a rehearsal
in there so there are no surprises on the day of the
Practice, practice, practice. By the
day of the recording you need to be ready and recording
sessions are expensive if they are used for rehearsal
Do try and prepare some artwork before the recording
session. Often it’s the artwork design and preparation
that can hold up a project and if you start to prep
it before the session we can take something away to
be working on.Its
always a good idea to have drinks and snacks available
at the venue and work out a schedule so that regular
breaks are worked into the day.
Finally have a deadline in mind for the delivery of
the CDs. It might be a concert or you may simply want
the CDs to sell before Christmas but it helps to set
an itinery for the whole project.