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Choral music recording

Hello to everyone…here are some questions that I would appreciate if you can answer:

I’m working in my final project of my university that is about choral recording, which I divided in four parts:

1) Analysis (choir – recording location)

2) Acoustic: we measure acoustic factors that are directly related with this type of recording:
• Early Decay Time (EDT),
• Reverberation Times (T10, T20, T30)
• Clarity (C80), Definition (D50)
• Speech Time Index (STI)
• % Articulation Loss Consonants (%ALC), which are going to be presented next for each measure point.

These measurements were made according get a proper reverb for the recording, and find points where the clarity of the speech would be the best.

3) Electro Acoustics
In this part we chose de mic techniques according to the results of the proper acoustic analysis.
The techniques used here where:

Well, this was a small resume of what I’ve been doing the last months.
Now, my question is for the following part of the project:

4) Master Production

This part is divided in Edition, Mix and mastering.
We work with a choir without accompanied instruments.
The instruments were added later

What I need to know is which elements are fundamental or is there a sequence to follow in these parts of the recording

I remind you that this is just for choral music, totally different from the pop/rock recording.

I hope that you could help me with these questions

Sincerely, Jose Pinto C


Pro Audio Guest Thu, 03/15/2007 - 23:02

Welcome. I do choral recordings often and find your analysis steps interesting, if not daunting.

Your step 4, Master Production, includes 3 parts. The term Edition is not familiar to me. Does this mean recording the tracks or rather editing tracks that have already been recorded? I suspect the latter.

My process is to first do a rough mix to establish a balance so all the key elements are present. Then do any editing, cleaning up noises, mistakes, etc. Finally return to the mix; fine tuning the sound for balance, eq, reverb (if needed), etc. Lastly, after downmixing each element (song) of a project to stereo, master the project.

Hope that helps.