Recording Your Musical Instrument

Here’s a brief summary on how to make a good recording:

  1. Don’t use the video capture app in your device, because we won’t be using any video, as it complicates the production.
  2. Download an app to record your instrumental part, and learn how to use it. Some recommendations:
  3. Learn the basic recording features of the app.  Please use the following settings:
    • mp3 file type, which could involve a Conversion  step, as offered within the app;
    • 44kHz sample rate;
    • mono;
    • 128kbps bit rate.
  4. A separate microphone on a stand will greatly improve the sound. You’ll need an appropriate adapter to connect the mic to your phone or PC.
  5. Microphone (or phone) placement will greatly affect the quality of the recording.  Here is a good non-technical article on How to Mic Woodwinds and Brass.
  6. To get the best tempo synchronization, you’ll need to listen to a reference recording we’ll send you, while recording your part.  That means you’ll need two devices: one to play back the reference recording (using headphones), and one to record your part.  (There are ways to do this with just one device, but that’s a rather advanced technique that should be left to the more tech-savvy.)
  7. If any part of this is too complicated, let us know, and we’ll either solve the issue, or figure out a simpler (but lesser) alternative. Because of the inherent limitations of the process, the better we make each step, the better the overall result will be.
  8. Don’t forget to have fun!