What happens at the recording?

Every production team will have a differing approach to running a recording session.

The number of microphones and their positions will differ depending on the material

being recorded and the venue. However, following a sound check where equipment

may be adjusted or moved around it’s likely that the session may follow a fairly

standard format. Unless the length or difficulty of a piece precludes it, often you’ll be

asked to perform at least one run-through followed by shorter edit pieces or patches.

During this time there may be periods of silence where the Producer is checking

aspects of the performance for anything that may be required to be retaken – this is

perfectly normal, don’t panic! Remember that you will be more familiar with your

performers’ abilities than the recording company. If you need a break between items,

don’t be afraid to ask, but try not to split pieces between sessions or have a break in

the middle of a piece.


Soloists should be in a position where they can see the conductor. Each feature will

require a new sound check to adjust the balance of the soloist and the accompaniment.

The soloist and MD may be asked to approve the balance or to listen to sections

during the recording - if that’s the case it’s important that the soloist returns to the

same spot.


Above all, be prepared to be flexible – the production team are there to guide you

into making the best recording possible. This may involve last minute changes to

recording orders or apparently doing things in illogical orders (aka doing the high bits

first!), but each change is with the end product in mind.

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