a cappella group

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Vaylence, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. Vaylence

    Vaylence Guest

    I have a friend who is in a college a cappella group who tried to do some recording themselves but they ended up out of tune and out of time. The two biggest no no's in tracking? Anywho I was wondering if there were any tips for getting a good A Cappella sound. Other than make sure they are in tune and in time. Some questions

    Track parts together, say basses, then tenors, then the solo? Or track each singer individually? Panning of the harmonies, center solo, and bass?

    If you track them together I think it would sound more choral, but you would be sacrificing your ability to edit the one bozo who is constantly flat.

    Any thoughts are appreciated

  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    Like the proverb says ...

    How do you get to Carnegie Hall

    Practice, Practice, Practice.

    If the group wants to record they need to be really tight with the harmonies and they all need to be of one mind. They also could use a leader who can conduct.

    Never had much success recording a choir singing a capella in another way but all together and all in one room at the same time. If they can't sing together and in tune and in time they are not ready for recording.

    Listen to the King Singers on PBS or CD and you will hear a vocal group that is really together and it doesn't matter if it is in rehearsal room or on stage in front of 2000 people they are always together in pitch and in time.

  3. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA/ Greenville, DE
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    Consider this: Keep practicing as Tom suggests, and record these practices as well.

    As they say: The Tape doesn't lie.

    Use the tape to listen back critically, and make better performances. If you're honest with yourselves, eventually, your performances will improve (thanks to the tutorial nature of the recording). Eventually, it will all come together.

    You've gotta start SOMEWHERE. Good luck!
  4. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2003

    What they said x 10

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