Listening from within the Band may sound very different to how it’s being heard
in the control room – the Production Team may hear something you didn’t. This
could be anything from split notes, bad ensemble, poor intonation or things like
noises that shouldn’t be there (for example mute noise, drum stick clicks, coughs etc).
Additionally, it’s always safer to have at least two copies of everything – just in case
something is missed.
Most likely checking through the score to see which parts need to be repeated or
listening back to something you’ve just recorded. It’s important at this time to keep
instruments warm – it may be several minutes – but don’t tire yourselves out.
It depends who you’re recording with. Acoustic screens can be used to achieve
more isolation of the drums from the main microphones which may be needed to
facilitate the balance. Ideally, you’d like the performers to be self balancing which, to
an extent, negates the need for the screens.
It depends entirely on the piece, how long it is and how well you play it.
Usually. The MD may be frequently asked to listen to sections, and soloists will
normally be asked to comment on the balance of their feature.
Sound checks can occasionally take up this amount of time, particularly if the
venue have chosen is problematic. It’s always better to get a recording right at source
rather than trying to ‘”fix it in the mix”, so in our experience this time is just as
important as time spent recording.
Generally it’s not advisable to split pieces over multiple days, particularly if a reset
has been forced.