Shaun McGrath is a sophomore vocal student at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Berea. His father passed away a few weeks prior to the recital due to cancer, I believe. The event took place at the United Methodist Church in Berea. Shaun heard about me from the fliers that I had posted on the bulletin boards at BW a few months ago. His girlfriend, Jessica, and I were fairly good friends several summers ago at summer music camp, Credo. So when he mentioned to her that he would like to contact me about recording his recital, she was all for it. He then emailed me and asked if I would be willing to work the recital. As this was a benefit event, he was hoping not to pay for it the work. We agreed that if he would help me promote my business at BW through Facebook and other social media, and through face to face interaction with colleges, I would be happy to help him out. Another facet of the agreement was that he would do a short interview for me so that I could post it on my website. The product that I gave him was just a CD-R with the finished waves on it. Totaling over 15 pieces (I think that there were 16 or 17..), the recital took me a short while to break up the two track into the individual selections. I then applied a roll off and on the pieces that needed it, some slight compression. I then took all of the separate audio clips, and normalized them. (Normalizing is a process by which you take the highest peaks (or RMS) of the clip and raise the volume to a pre-specified amount, I used -.5db. Basically it makes it louder.) Below are pictures of the recital.
Here is a picture from the back of the hall. The hall was fairly long and two pews wide until you got to the forward half of the room, then it was four pews wide. Above where I am standing is a balcony which houses a few more pews as well as the organ keyboard.
Here is the view from the side of the stage facing the back of the hall. You may be able to see the extra pews on the left hand side here as well as the balcony.
Here is a very limited picture of the stage. Luckily, the talent did not stand on the stage while performing.
Here is the view from stage left and you can kinda see how the performers were situated. All pictures were taken before the recital started.
Here is where I left all of my stuff. It was kinda like my home base, to borrow the colloquialism. Everything I didn’t need with me, stayed here. I’ll show pictures of how I had it set up in just a second.
My bench. This is taken facing the back of the church, from the center isle. This is only one pew from the front.
The mic stand and placement as seen from the stage. I used a cardioid coincident XY position. The mics used where a factory matched stereo pair of Oktava 012’s. I used Mogami cables, and the stereo bar is a Shure A27M. The stand is an On Stage Stands, with a telescoping boom.
Here is what my bench looked like after I got everything set up. My interface is a MOTU Audio Express Hybrid 6×6. I hook it up to my computer via firewire 800. So I had my extension cord (almost spelled it chord), the interface, mic cables, the computer, and my headphones. All cables were duct taped to the floor for safety and neatness, of course. I only took a picture of one of the tapings. Picture below.
My beautiful duct taping job. Oh yeah! I seriously need to invest in some gaff(er) tape. . .Oh well. I may put up some audio of the recital if enough people ask for it.