This is my first post at Sound On Sound so
apologies in advance if I am repeating anything that may have already been answered
I am currently working on a track of which I have sketched in Logic.
It's pretty big and consists of every instrument in the string section as well as woodwind
and brass. I have never done anything like this before so really trying to find my feet in
terms of how to record and what works the best.
I opted to hire live musicians
to play the parts, as nothing quite beats a live musician and it is important to me to
bring as much authenticity as possible! but of course, I am trying to do this on a budget!
Luckily I know someone who plays in a brass and woodwind orchestra so I am getting those
players at a nice rate.
I have arranged string players and at an extremely
reasonable price but the problem is, is that I will only have one gentleman playing all of
the violin and the viola parts, and another on the cello (I decided to use midi for double
bass to save a little bit of money)
He says the best thing to do is to record
together (so him doing as much of the violin as he can with the cellist), but obviously we
only have the option to do that for a little bit and the rest will have to be done as
singles anyway. So the issue is the layering, and it possibly sounding unrealistic..
The violinist said he will do 6 layers for the 1st violin, another 6 for the 2nd,
5 for the violas and then the cellist will do 4 or 5, which sounds lovely! My worry is
that layering this to create the effect of a big string section, might not work the way I
envision it to. Aside from this, I don't have the 'ideal' recording space, again if we're
talking about ideals I would have loved to just get a 25 piece string section and record
somewhere more acoustically appropriate. What I will be working with is a medium sized
room, with a dead-ish sound. He suggested if we will be doing the violin and the cello
together, to put a screen up in between to avoid 'bleeding'. Maybe this is because of the
I have been trying to seek advice from some other people in the
know, and a lot of people seem to think that I should continue to do what I am doing with
the live strings and then if needs be mix it with some midi, to create more space.
I really just wanted some opinions from people that have maybe done this before,
best recording techniques and how much I can get away with in terms of the size and
ambience of the room I described. I'm spending quite a bit of money and would hate for it
to sound a bit naff afterwards!
It's probably worth mentioning there will be
vocals on this also, so although I still want the strings to be as convincing as possible,
the vocals will be at the forefront. The only midi options I will have are Logic or
Miroslav Philharmonik and I'll be recording at a fully equipped studio, but with someone
who has not recording instruments such as these before, although he is an excellent
Many thanks for reading!