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11-08-09, 06:17 PM
OT - Recording our First C D
The group I started 3 years ago, the X Y Zingers, is finally recording our first C D.
The guy recording us seems pretty competent, and he will be coming to my house in a couple of weeks to record the 8 of us. (the guy on the right has moved to KS)
Anyone else recorded a CD?
Any tips we might not have thought of?
We will be recording 15 songs.
11-08-09, 07:16 PM
Our group recorded a CD in a studio. http://www.singingmenofarkansas.org/
We sang for 12 hours or so or more to get everything laid down. It was a marathon. At the end of the day, my throat felt like I had been gargling with old razor blades and 16N hydrochloric acid.
Microphones are very good at what they do for a living. They will hear any shuffling around, turning pages of music, noisy risers, throat clearing, flatulence etc. I believe they could hear the sound of a mouse urinating on cotton in the next room.
Make sure you place a few seconds of absolute dead silence before you start singing and then leave a few seconds of absolute dead silence at the end of the song.
Turn cell phones OFF. Don't place them on silent, turn them OFF. If they ring on silent or even if they don't ring, they will cause interference. Institute the threat of some severe, ultimate punishment... DG will move next door to the perpetrator if he is caught with a cell phone that's on (well that may be too harsh, but you get the idea).
I'm told that fluorescent lighting will interfere with some recording equipment. I believe they do use RF to excite the molecules of gas into emitting light. The studio used incandescent lighting.
I took my thermos full of coffee and chicory to the session and took a hit when possible. Soothed my throat and kept me sharp (well as sharp as I could be anyway). I also took some gatorade and some bike snacks to keep the energy level up.
That's all I can remember for now. I'll chime back in if anything else surfaces from the depths of my memory.
Good luck with the recording!!!