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Opera recording in a church - interesting job

I thought I'd share a little job I'm doing. Female opera singer needed some tracks recording for promotion. Hungarian singer, living in the UK with her pianist in Boston USA. A track recorded on an iPad in the US that works the wrong way around. For those not having bumped into classical recording, the singers work hard with their pianist, putting in tempo changes, small pauses and in this kind of music, the actual singing gets broken up with the pianist linking the verses together.

Church Organ Recording

Over the years I have recorded quite a few pipe organs in different venues, some more successful than others - but yesterday doing some prep work for a project in the summer, I came across a really knowledgeable organist - who is also an old school recordist, 78 restorer and collector of old and rare BBC broadcasts of organ music from the 1930s.

Advice needed: Recording Two Violas in a Very Wet Church

Hi all,

The next field recording project is recording the 44 Duos for Two Violas by Bela Bartok.

It will take place either in a massive stone, Notre Dame-style cathedral, or it's smaller chapel. Both are VERY WET, acoustically, with a reverb that lasts many seconds.

The mics I have are: an Audio-Technica AT4022 Omni and a RODE NT-2A (in Figure 8) which I use for M/S, and a matched pair of M-Audio Pulsar IIs, which I plan on either using as spot mics, or some sort of stereo ambience set up (X/Y or ORTF).

I'd like to record the church choir

Hi, Colin here! I have a church choir of about 15 to record. I'd like to add that these guys are good. They've got it down.
I've been home studio recording for a little under ten years. Now, I'd like to record the church choir. This is how I'm going about thus far...(this is where I need good advice) two dynamics and one condenser. Do you think that would be enough? Also FYI I'm most likely going to have a solid laptop and audio interface.
What do you think
Thank You

Head mic for church?

Our minister would like a head mic. We have wireless lavaliers, but he's a pretty active fella' and the lavalier often doesn't work real well for him. We have AT wireless gear. Would like to find a head mic that is fairly discrete (not the infomercial look), is easy on and off, and stays put without tape. The church is small (as is our budget) and he projects well, so sound quality is secondary. Don't need to go cheap as I appreciate good gear, but there is a lot of direct in the room and the speakers help - they aren't the primary sound source.

Help Please - Church Choir on Very Tight Budget


We are going to be recording the first album for our children's choir at our church. It involves vocals for about 10 kids and one instrument, a keyboard synthesizer. We are going to be using a small interior room in the church that is about 15 X 10 or so. We have an unbelievably tight budget, so the goal here is to make the best of what we have. Also, please keep in mind that the person doing the recording and editing has no professional experience so simple is best and also won't have time to do extensive editing - thus making on the fly effects like reverb preferable.

Church sound, looking for EQ starting points only


Sorry, this is a long one. Lots of detail.

I'm joining the sound team at a 350 person church, trying to learn the drill. More info on the room, gear at end of post.

Under the current crop of sound guys, the mix sounds like a train wreck. No one there uses the EQ to drop out frequencies in one instrument to provide room for another. It's unintelligible and messy.