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How to Make a Recording in Three Easy Steps
Prof. Richard King

1 - With all the complexity involved to make a recording, does the listener actually get what the composer intended?

Although the recording process can become quite complex, the idea is to closely follow the intentions of the composer, if still alive, or the artist and their interpretation of the work. The recording team always tries to defer to the artists as much as possible so that our role remains highly transparent.

2 - How is the recording process changing with the increasing capability of computers?

Computers have made the process much less expensive and time consuming. The efficient use of computers allows for overlapping phases of production - editing can be done during the recording sessions, and refinements in the editing can continue into the mix stage since all the audio resides on one platform (the computer).

3 - Is a live concert more challenging to record and if so, how do you compensate for the flaws that would naturally occur?

Live concert recording is rarely one performance. Generally, several nights are recorded and the performance is edited together by combining the best moments of each night. When there is only one night recorded, most often than not a short "patch session" is booked, after the concert, lasting 30minutes so that any flaws can be replayed and edited into the concert. Certain adjustments in the sound are performed to match the live audience attending the concert with the sound of the empty hall during the patch session.
 

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