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Dear friends

I'm trying to find books or other media (or even courses) on recording of classical music (choirs, chamber ensambles, orchestras, solo performers, etc.), but all books are on pop-rock microphone/recording/mixing techniques. Can anyone give me any advises?

Thank you


DavidSpearritt Fri, 06/13/2008 - 15:25
Here are my favourites.

Plus the AES library which is chock full of the most excellent papers on stereophony and recording imaginable. Become a member and start learning. and do a search, you don't need to be a member to search.

DavidSpearritt Fri, 06/13/2008 - 17:32
I should add that there are no books, to my knowledge, with restricted subject matter on classical recording techniques, the market size would be miniscule. The references above are written by classical recording specialists and so their emphasis is on techniques in this area, but the advice is generalised to appeal to a large market.

Fundamentals of recording and mic technique are independent of the music genre being recorded.

mickla79 Tue, 07/01/2008 - 14:45
Thank you very much to all of you.

Anyway I have to disagree on something, and that's why I asked for "classical music recording". The thing is that to pop-rock artists, they know that a recording is not the capture of reality, it's a construction made in the studio. For classical music performers, they "think"(!) it's a direct capture of reality, therefore we have to make them believe that the recording we're giving them will correspond to that.
Also, I understand that books have to focus on various techniques in order to sell, because I know that this is a small market. However (at least in the country I live), classical musicians still can't tell the difference between a microphone and a microwave, therefore, they always need to pay somebody to record them. In addition to this, a large part of audio technicians (again, at least in my country), with a hanfull of exceptions, record an orchestra as they were recording a rock band, which results on a recording formed by 5 or 6 instrument groups instead of a large orchestra.

Thank you all once again


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