I've read that adjustments can be made to individuals in the mix. Is that true?

Only if you’ve got a microphone pointing at each of those individuals. Some

Companies do employ such multimicing techniques and manufacture the balance of

the Band later. Others employ zonal microphone techniques in which you can adjust

particular regions of the Band, and the rest record just in stereo and solely rely on the

Band to be self balancing.

What happens to the recordings between the session and final CD?

The Producer of the recording generates an edit plot – this is like a map that says

which take to use where in the piece. The takes are then edited or ‘spliced’ together

and the edit listened to. Incremental improvements are then made before a preview

CD is sent to the Band for comment.

Why are some CDs louder than others?

Real life acoustic performances can contain lots of changes in dynamic levels

– fortissimo is loud and pianissimo is very quiet. Some CDs have the extremes

of dynamic range removed so to an extent the recording becomes an ‘all purpose

mezzoforte’. These CDs will appear ‘louder’ than those which contain a fuller

dynamic range as the average (RMS) level is higher. KMJ Recordings’ preference is

to leave dynamic range intact – if you play with dynamic contrast it’s nice to hear it.

Similarly all material that is played on the radio is similarly dynamically ‘squashed’

(or compressed and limited) – so comparing a CD to a radio broadcast is not always a

good thing to do.

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