going about a noncommercial recording--logistics, funding, performance
I have had the idea in my head for a long time to make a recording. Not commercial in any way, but there were a lot of people who supported me in music when I was younger--church folks and extended family, many of whom are up in years and in different parts of the country and I don't see much anymore--and I would really like to put something like this together as a gift, just to communicate how much they meant to me.
I have the music--a lot of it would be hymn selections I've played before which are already in my fingers. I have a pianist who is interested. I can probably network around my area to find a sound engineer, though I'd love any input you guys have bc I have no idea about that side of things.
What I'm thinking through is ideas to help subsidize my pianist/sound engineer fees--I don't want to shortsell them just bc I'm playing for free! :) but I'm not sure I'm quite in a position to front it especially as I have no idea how much the recording part will cost...I was considering putting together the program as a nonprofit concert, maybe at local churches or retirement centers--"no tickets--donations accepted" type of thing. How to present that kind of thing in a non-tacky way. :)
Anyone have experience, thoughts, details I should consider? Thank you!
There are "crowdfunding" websites that people use to finance virtually any activity or product. My grandson's band funded their first studio-recorded CD that way (the crowdfunding site they used to raise the money is kickstarter.com ). There are also other steps involved in producing a professional quality recording. If I knew any more details of what they did, I would tell you. They already had lots of stage time and microphone experience before they made their first recording. They made 2 later recordings with their own recording equipment and then later mixed and mastered at professional studios.
Back in the 80s (I know), I was in a rock band (I know), and we recorded four songs at a professional-grade studio at a high school, as part of a class. It cost us nothing but the price of the tape (about $50 back then; I assume everything today is saved to digital and you could get a CD pretty cheap). That was my first experience in a real studio, and it was a lot of fun being around all that high-end gear. Anyway, there might be a similar opportunity around for you, at a community college or the like. I know that where I live there are a number of audio engineering programs, and the students like to work with real musicians of all genres.
Thanks for the input, good food for thought!