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...

Breakdown Charts

Breakdown Charts When you’re recording your music live, so-called breakdown charts are very helpful. Basically, this chart lists every cue that needs to be recorded with title, length and specific instrumentation of the cue. Also, it notes specials like when there’s a...

Overdubbing Small Line-Ups

Overdubbing Small Line-Ups Overdubbing the same instruments to create a bigger and more epic sound only works to a certain extent. While it is possible to overdub a quite large string section to give it a little bit more substance and power against the...