Creating a CD recording of your organ music can be a great gift to your friends and family. They will appreciate your playing and treasure your gift for years to come. In order to successfully complete the recording project, you will need to know certain things that are crucial in making a CD recording. In this article, I will give you 21 steps in making a CD recording of your organ music.
Concerning a CD recording, you will need to complete the following steps:
1) Decide on the organ that you will use.
2) Decide on the pieces that you want to include in your recording.
3) Practice them and ideally memorize them.
4) Master them to be able to play them without mistakes.
5) Arrange a local sound engineer to record your playing.
6) Find an assistant or page turner.
7) Arrange the time with the sound engineer, assistant, and the building authority which will be free of distractions for recording.
8) Arrange the tuning of the organ.
9) Record your music (either in whole or in parts) - at least 3 versions of each piece.
10) Have your sound engineer to make a sample CD of all your pieces for you.
11) Analyze this CD, make notes on which version you like the most.
12) Get together with sound engineer for editing - keep the versions you decided in the previous step.
13) Pay the sound engineer.
14) Prepare the CD booklet - either by yourself or have others to do this. You will need the following information: your CV, several high quality photos of yourself and the organ, information about the pieces and composers, organ specifications and/or registrations if space is available.
15) Edit and format the CD booklet.
16) Have your sound engineer prepare a master CD for you.
17) Double check the contents of the master CD to make sure it is error free.
18) Find the service which manufactures CD's.
19) Submit your material to this company.
20) Pay the CD manufacturing company.
21) Pick up the CD.
If you are planning recording on your own, you will not need Step 5. Remember only that professional recordings will have a higher sound quality. Also a professional sound engineer will have a possibility to edit your recordings, erase the parts which have mistakes, and put together several different versions of the same piece. Note that your recording project will be time-consuming so plan accordingly.
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