Here's the latest compilation. 38 singers, 5 musicians and the conductor - all recorded at home. Audio wise - eq, and sync only.
It's actually a bit odd - the piece of music has very few words in it, but I picked 1 track as a guide from soprano, alto, tenor and bass, and then had to chop up every persons recording to move their words to consistent places - some were close, many wildly adrift. 38 singers, all aligned. Cubase, for the first time, failed me in doing this automatically - it made a real mess of it, so manual it had to be.
If you listen carefully - some things I could not fix. The organist placed the microphone he borrowed next to the clacking keys and nothing I tried made much difference, and the organist's music was the wrong version. The strings near the beginning don't play for a bar - where in their version, the organ plays - but we ended up with a bar's silence from them all, so I recreated the missing bar from what he played near the end and slotted it in. There are a few sync issues with some singers - mainly because they miscounted and sang the wrong words - making life quite difficult for me. Got there in the end.
That's nicely done, Paul. I have to say the way that the choir has come out sounds as though they are very carefully wrapped up, as they don't have quite the bite that is needed for this piece. The instrumentalists have it, rather highlighting the difference. Lovely to listen to, though.
The biggest problem I think was that they were not directed. Many were insecure with what they were singing, not having the courage to sing out, but they’re very happy.