Recording Sessions FAQ
Where should I plan to have my recording sessions?
Do you provide the space?
We can record at any space in the Tallahassee, FL area. I am happy to discuss space options with you and will provide some insight on the feasibility of a space. For FSU Musicians, the best spaces are the recital halls (LRH, DRH, LON). Other notable spaces may include large spaces throughout town, such as churches. Note that it is your (the client’s) responsibility to book the space and to cover any associated booking fees.
Do you have a studio?
I don’t own a dedicated recording studio—as a location recording engineer, I can work anywhere! My equipment is a mobile rig which I transport and set up at any space: concert halls, live venues, churches, recording studios that allow third-party engineers, and more. If you are looking to record in a studio environment, we can arrange that together.
How quickly can you get me the finished products?
It depends on the project size and how quickly you need them. General project completion times are including in the packages listed on the Recording Sessions page. If you have a deadline, let me know ahead of time and I will be sure to allot enough time to deliver quickly, even if it’s two days away. Even if you don’t have a deadline, I will be sure to deliver the finished product within a reasonable timeframe that I can generally estimate in advance. Keep in mind that the editing process (usually outside of my control) can draw out project lengths significantly.
Can you fix mistakes?
For recording sessions, absolutely, provided you have chosen a plan that includes edits (Premium or Cinematic). These types of session will focus on having sufficient coverage to make edits with multiple camera angles. For best results, all material should be covered in recording at least three times. However, for live performances, will inevitably have performance issues and mistakes. While audio engineering wizardry is possible, it is often very time-consuming and not worth the cost and time to make only slight corrections. If you are looking to get a perfect performance, then a recording session, not a recorded live concert, is probably better for your needs. The greater expense of the recording session is ultimately worth the better quality and the more efficient editing workflow to get that perfect performance, if that is what you are looking for. But there is a special magic in a live performance that is worth capturing, despite little flaws!
How do edits work?
For audio-only classical editing, I will provide you (the client, or a producer) with reference audio of all the takes from the session. After you decide which takes are best, you send me a score either marked up with annotations or accompanied by a written key that references places in the score such as, “Measures 1-16 use Take 3; mm. 17-20 use Take 5; mm. 21 to the 3rd beat of 32 use Take 2…,” etc. Note that creating the edit map can be a very time consuming process, so please keep this in mind if you are attempting to meet a deadline.
Can you edit my performance to single-camera video?
Multi-camera video edits are much more flexible. It is difficult to make edits with only a single camera angle, as the mistakes you make are also represented visually. Without another camera angle to cut to, it is impossible to mask any errors in the performances without it being totally obvious to the viewer/listener. I will only edit content if I am 100% sure that it's clean enough that no one will catch it.
Do you master the audio?
For archival recordings, audition tapes, etc., I master the mixes to standards consistent with most streaming services. But for more involved recordings meant for distribution, I prefer to have mastering done by a different engineer than myself. That being said, if you’re tight on time or on a budget and don’t want to hire a separate engineer to master for you, I will master any mix I create for an additional charge per track, and I can provide you with both the unmastered and mastered products.
Do you do offer professional recordings for genres other than classical (Jazz, Rock, Folk, etc.)?
Yes, but the pricing may vary significantly due to the size, scope, and intended outcome of the project. Miking a drumset can take up to 8 microphones to get a true, controlled, "studio" sound. For non-classical recordings, the offering is the same - high-res, professional multitrack recordings (up to 16 tracks) for albums, songs, live sets, audio editing, mixing, and mastering, and multicam video recording.