Stereo Snare Drums

Stereo Snare Drums The advantage of recording a score in a scoring stage versus playing a “regular concert” with an orchestra is that you can alter the setup of each cue (within reason). For instance when you want a really large snare drum sound, let’s say...

Dynamics in Score Sheets

Dynamics in Score Sheets When studying score sheets of classical works, you will often notice how ambiguous dynamic markings are notated. There might be hairpins leading to or from nowhere and other markings that don’t clearly indicate what the desired dynamic...

Alternative String Seating

Alternative String Seating The standard orchestral seating for string instruments from the conductor’s point of view would be from left to right: Violins 1, Violins 2, Violas, Celli and Basses behind the Celli on the far right. This seating has established as...

Mix Automations in Orchestral Music

Mix Automations in Orchestral Music Mix Automations are pretty common in music productions. It basically means that you program parameters of the mix (like fader levels, pan, reverbs etc.) to change automatically during the course of the track, e.g. raising the levels...

Microphone Spill

Microphone Spill When recording a real orchestra, unless isolated in separate booths or recorded in several sections, you will basically hear every instrument on every microphone. This goes particularly for loud instruments like percussion and brass in forte or above....