Thanks to all. The sound I’m getting with my new gear isn’t where I want it to be. But today I experimented some more with mic placement and hit on something that doesn’t sound quite as thin and metallic. So I guess I’ll have to give this piece another shot next week. If I do, I'll replace the last sound file.
mc1 wrote:your playing always sounds very toneful and polished.
To be honest, I cheat. Most of my recordings nowadays are edited. (In my defense, if Manuel Barrueco can edit, then so can I.) In preparing for a recording session, I break the piece into sections and practice each one. I then write up a recording sheet that lists each section by measure numbers. During the recording session I check off each section on the list. When all are checked off, the session is done. It’s then time to sit down at the computer and stitch it together.
Regarding editing, I have my own code of ethics. I never create anything via editing that I can’t do live. (Well, other than giving a note perfect performance.) So, for example, recording something under tempo and then speeding it up through digital alchemy is verboten. I also have a rule of thumb. A professional engineer told me that the average CD has anywhere between 300-500 edits. Taking the lower figure and applying it to a one hour CD, that works out to an edit every 12 seconds. So I hold myself to keeping my error correction rate in that ballpark. In fact, I deliberately leave in some minor blips that don’t detract greatly from the performance. To my ear, too much perfection sounds sterile. Happily, I’m blessed with a massive capacity for avoiding excessive perfection.
There’s another thing I now do. In the days leading up to the recording session, I make a “wish list” of things I want to get onto the recording. These are all the expressive details I believe necessary for a convincing performance. Having this list handy as I practice helps me focus on getting more consistent in putting across these details. It also helps me on recording day, reminding me of things that otherwise might get lost in the hurly-burly of recording.
The more recording I do, the more I appreciate the value of being well prepared and organized.
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