So, today I released what has proved to be the best recording of any choir I've ever produced. It was the UVU Institute's Latter-day Celebration Choir. The song is "Baby Boy", one I've never heard before.
It can be heard by clicking here
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This was my foray into the world of remote recording, and I've got to say that the options engineers have with various devices to record remotely are plentiful. I chose to acquire the Zoom H5 to accomplish this task, along with some boom stands that can extend up to 16 feet high.
For those interested in techinical details, I ended up using a coincident-pair stereo configuration of my AT 4041 SDC mics, where the mics were placed about 2 feet above the heads of the lowest row (which resulted in them being about 4 feet below the highest row. The choir comprised 80 people, with 6 rows of singers, and about 6 feet in front of the front row) The H5's default stereo pair were put about 2 feet in front of the upright piano.
Anyway... Originally I thought it would be an easy task to get it to sound as good as I thought it should, but it ended up taking 2 hours to mix, and I used tools I normally wouldn't have to use.
All in all, when the clients came in to record the solos, and hear the final product, smiles all around told me I had done the job right. It sounds cheesy, but it's true. The satisfaction I get from giving my clients a product that exceeds their expectations is the end goal of every project of Art City Sound. Making musicians happy with their creations... There's just something about it that I crave.
Anyway... Another smaller choir-based project I worked on was Jodi Lee Nicholes' "O Holy Night", produced by Jhonny K. Click here to see the video
This project ended up becoming much more than I originally thought, and ended up getting time on the radio.
Though the years, I've loved the projects which come in at Christmas time. I usually end up doing a dozen recordings or so, as Christmas presents which makes sense. These recordings become a journal of sorts to your loved ones. Seeing and hearing people pour their souls into these projects, and me being able to help them realize it all just makes me smile. I love it.
Anyway... Merry Christmas to you all! May the light and love of Christ descend onto each of your hearts, for He truly loves you.