Recording Tips for Music Educators
A Practical Guide for Recording School Groups
Ronald E. Kearns
Table of Contents
Foreword by Richard McCready
1. Getting Started Recording Your Group
What are My First Steps?
Should You Use Microphones for Every Section?
2. Recording During a Rehearsal in the Rehearsal Room
Recording in Small Rehearsal Spaces
Microphone placement and Proximity
Overhead Microphone Placement
Directional Microphone Placement
Playback and Evaluation; Using the Recording as a Teaching Tool
3. Recording in an Auditorium or Large Space
Recording in a Large Space
Microphone Placement and Proximity
Use of Multiple Microphones
4. Recording Jazz Ensembles, Show Choirs and Groups with Amplifiers
Recording Smaller Groups
Recording Groups that Move on Stage
5. Recording Away from School
Recording in an unfamiliar space
Use of a stereo pair only
Making adjustments for the unexpected
6. Recording in Areas That are not Acoustically Treated
Recording Outside Performances
Recording in Poorly Treated Areas
7. Mixing a Performance Recording
What is a Mixer/Soundboard?
Analog and Digital Mixers
Starting the Mixing Process
Getting the Right Balances to Keep the Live Performance Feel
Using a Mixing Board in Post-Production
8. Mastering a Performance
What is Mastering?
How to Get a Good Master?
What are the Final Steps?
Finalizing Your Master
9. Developing a Budget
How Much Should be Spent on Equipment?
Where Can I Get the Funding for Equipment?
How Much Can I Expect to Spend on Equipment?
10. Selecting the Best Equipment
What Should be Considered when Deciding on Microphones?
What Kinds of Cables Will be Best?
What Kind of Mixing Board is Needed?