Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Recording a CD -- Cantate Domino -- Part 2 - Success -- sort of...

St. Barnabas, James Street -- exterior brickwork
               Our second recording session Saturday, May 12th went from 1:00 pm to 9:00pm.

 We got "Exultate Justi"  recorded right away (ha) -- after forty-one takes of separate sections. We were spot on -- the problem was all the honks, muted roars and backfires at the beginning middle and end of each take.  For "Miserere" we did twenty-three takes of one section.
Pete testing the first notes  -- Rex's piano is used strictly for tuning, as we always sing a cappella
Then Pete gave up.

We broke for dinner.

not a product placement

I guess I should explain.

St, Barnabas' natural soundproofing brickwork was trumped by Ottawa's construction "season"

The normally pristine recording venue was as noisy as a Bank street eatery. (Not that I don't love Bank street -- and the food there).


All to the tune of James street = detour = constant traffic, leaving St. Barnabas echoing and rumbling.

To be honest, (for once), the sound was barely audible, but Jay's fabulous microphones picked it up.
Recording setup for Cantate Domino

Start again...

Feet tired from standing

After dinner we did thirty-two more takes to get a clean recording without the rumbling, honking and braking.

And then it was 9:00 pm.
Listen for the birdy tweets, there are some in there for sure.

You can pre-order Cantate Domino HERE.

Cantate Domino is dedicated to the memory of Paul Churchill, Tenor, whose voice and heart will be forever remembered.

Cantate Domino will be pressed in October -- if you live in the Ottawa area, you can purchase our CDs directly from choir members. 

You can also buy them at Ottawa area stores, online, or at our live concerts.

 Recording a CD -- part 1 

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