Recordings 4 Choirs will provide everything needed to Professionally Record your choir on location
When you book Recordings 4 Choirs to record your choir on location we bring an entire studio of professional recording gear. Our engineers travel all over the country with a mobile studio and can set up anywhere from Cathedrals to Class rooms. The most popular venues for Choir recordings are either Churches or Community Halls.
How much kit do we need for your recording?
The general rule is that we bring everything or at least everything which we might conceivably need. As you’d expect, about a third of the kit we bring is actually a ‘back up’ for other kit. So for example even if we are only planning to record on 8 channels, we will bring the other pre amps. We will also bring at least twice as many cables as microphones and we actually own more microphones than we can plug in at any one time.
So yes, that’s a lot of kit. We work on the basis that if we don’t bring we can’t use it. Moreover, if we have invested in it we may as well at least try and use it when possible! There seems little point in spending hundreds, indeed thousands of pounds, on recording gear for it to then sit in the studio gathering dust!
Arriving and Setting up
Because of the amount of kit we bring, the first challenge is getting the recording gear from the car into the venue. Ideally it is helpful if we can have a parking space as near as possible to your venue. Even if its just a short walk to the carpark this can seriously impact on our set up times.
To unload all the recording gear takes approximately 10 or more trips to and from the car. Once everything is in your venue, we then have to assess the best way to set up. From this point, it will usually take around an hour or slightly longer depending on the size of your choir and the number of soloists / instrumentalists etc.
Making sure we have the right kit
Whilst the take everything plan is always our default position, sometimes there is no sense in carrying in something we definitely won’t need. For example we have a box of microphones which are specifically designed to record drums. But if we are recording an A Capella Choir, for example, they aren’t going to be much use. In that example we probably would leave them in the studio.
The most important thing we can do is be properly prepared for your recording session. And this means bringing all the right kit along with spares as necessary. Perhaps the weakest link in the entire system is the cables. Whilst we only use professional grade audio cable, they aren’t always very happy about people treading on them and they particularly don’t like choir members coiling them up!! And so we always bring plenty of spare cables. In fact we have more of everything than we actually need including pre amps, and computers.
The theory behind this is that no matter what, we would always be able to record in the even of some item or other failing on site. And if there is a total failure, we will have at least demonstrated we tried our best!