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Old 04-03-2010, 08:24 AM   #11
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And remember just like any black art they have a language of their own.

Tracks, might mean to the ordinary person the number of tunes on a CD but to a recordist it seems to mean the number of microphones used to record the tune.

save every "take" you never know.

Pro Tools is an excellent way to master you recordings. Get someone that knows how to use it, it will save hundreds of hours.

allow about 100 hours to process what you record.

CD cover templates are available on the net, don't forget bleeds and the spine on the CD. Look at some of your collection and decide what you like, How much information do you want on the cover/ booklet?

While recording pipes and drums separately may be the ideal it takes a lot of practice to get used to. also listening to headphones, either a recording, live or a click track is something that takes a little getting used to.

As a last piece of advice............if something sounds bad Do Not be afraid to drop it.

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Old 04-03-2010, 07:39 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the great info. Sure is a lot that goes into it ain't there?
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Old 04-06-2010, 05:04 PM   #13
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Ensemble studio recordings are hard to do well. I wouldn't attempt it unless you've got first class players, and a sound engineer who really knows pipe bands. It could come out sounding sterile, even assuming everyone keeps the playing together. I would have doubts about the ability of lower grade pipers to blow and play well in studio conditions, and the results would not be flattering unless you've got great tone.

A "live" acoustic recording might be easier (and cheaper). You could pick your own venue, and do it youself with some rental gear. You wouldn't have the pressure of booked studio time, and can record over a longer period (weeks, months etc)
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