Recording at home
Looking for advice please. I have a duo with another violinist, we either play as two violins or violin & piano. We would like to record ourselves so prospective clients can hear us and need advice on equipment etc. We would be recording at home on a baby grand piano. Can anyone advise on what microphone we should be looking at, whether one microphone would work for two instruments (2 violins, or 1 violin and piano), and what other equipment may be needed? I’m starting out with a MacBook Pro and nothing else, not even a clue! Budgets are limited.
I use GarageBand in my iPad for record
You can use one mic which will then be in mono. Better to use two and record in stereo.
If you want a good demo to give the best impression of yourselves I would recommend you hire a pro who has a portable recording setup or visit a studio with a piano.This might not be as expensive as you imagine. Many colleges are well equipped to do this as well if you happen to have ties with any.
I agree with Timothy Smith. Work with a pro for this, or if you can't do that, borrow higher-end equipment from someone who has it.
Thank you so much for your responses. I will look at the cost of a recording studio. Maybe we can reinvest some of our future funds from the duo in to buying recording equipment in the future!
Peter, why do you say that Audacity is only OKish? Is the sound quality not as good, or is it that it offers fewer editing effects etc.?
David you do very well using Audacity. A digital audio file at the same resolution is the same no matter what program you use.
I have used an EDEROL R-09 for "home recordings" and also taken it to various venues and recorded concerts (of up to 400 performers) over the past 10 years with (what I consider) very good resulting sound quality. I have been told the similar ZOOM recorders also do a fine job. EDEROL records with CD quality-digitalization or any compression setting you might want. Its chip can be downloaded to iTunes or whatever!! It is far superior to any of the reel-to-real tape recorders I was using 45 years ago (at least to my ears) and any of the microphones I had linked to them. Once you get the audio data into your computer you can edit it (I've done that, I just don't remember what software i used but it's in my computer/Mac somewhere).
Some of these threads develop a very predictable rhythm.
Here's a recent example of a recording I made last evening playing three hornpipes. I used my inexpensive ribbon mic into a Presonus audio interface and into my recording software. I didn't have the room to put the mic high enough so it picked up and bunch of small noises. Putting the mic higher might have helped.Using the ribbon mic helps some.
A recording studio needn't have an actual piano. A digital piano will be just fine. What you do need is someone with experience recording violinists. (In other words, what Tim Smith said.)