Tonight I recorded Zephyr string quartet. It was an amazing evening and I walked away tonight feeling so inspired. I was in Monday’s group along with 6 other students. To begin with, most of us were feeling nervous about our scores and were hoping that our score would make sense to the string quartet and not look like a strange alphabet of notes. Although I was a little nervous, I felt well prepared. I had put in all necessary markings, tempo information and notation. I also had a full backing track prepared without vocals, so that the string quartet could hear the track through their headphones while recording. I decided to do this as I thought they would be able to get a better feel for the song this way. Upon arrival, I asked the members if they preferred the backing track with or without vocals. When they told me that they preferred vocals, I quickly went downstairs and bounced out Gypsy in full, with vocals this time.
The first piece was Cate’s, and after a bit of sound checking, the quartet began to play her piece. It sounded so professional and our class was blown away. The rest of the recordings sounded great, regardless of the song’s genre. When it was time to record Gypsy, I asked the string quartet to play the song through so that I could hear how it sounded. I was blown away. In my mind, I knew how I wanted it to sound and they played exactly what I wanted. It was a great experience. When it came to recording, things went smoothly apart from one thing. During an instrumental section, the recording did not match up with the mix coming through the headphones because I had written one extra bar on the score. This was quickly fixed as the string quartet also realised it and marked it on their score. We recorded the song again and it went very well.
I am so happy with tonight. This was a fantastic experience. Not only was it great to have a professional string quartet record our piece, but I thought it was great for us to see exactly what a professional musician was. I feel very inspired to better myself as a musician. I can’t wait to mix the strings into Gypsy.