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    September 11th, a capella

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    This was my from first gig as a recording engineer, Dec. 2001 - please be gentle!

    We Worship You

    Composition is by my friend Louis Canter, performance by the Lapeer County Concert Choir. I recorded this from the choir loft of the church they performed in - they were in the front, distance was 30-40 ft. I used 2 Shure AXS-4s (like a BG-4.1 - but a special Banjo Mart line, I think) into a VS-840. Room was REAL dry, so I added some verb.

    There were some glitches in the SPDIF transfer, think I got them all, but maybe not on this version.

    Louis described writing this piece shortly after the 9/11 massacre, said he was picturing the newly deceased victims lining up with the heavenly choir just in time to sing this.

    This is part of a larger work, his Christmas Gloria. You can read about and hear the rest of it here.

    In addition to We Worship You, I am particularly fond of "Sing a New Song" and "Lord, God", which features my good friend Anne Roszczewski (note to self - get Anne into your studio, stop putting it off!!! ). Organist on these two pieces is Dave Wigton, also a friend, and a local organbuilder.

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    Originally posted by SLuiCe
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    Oops - they moved it since I bookmarked it. All fixed now.

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    Bring the bass up and find some better drum samples.


    No, I'm kidding. Sounds really nice. Another mic or two a little closer might have been good to mix in there. I'd like to hear more choir stuff around here. I don't listen to it much on my own time, but I'd like to hear it from homeRecers. Thanks for sharing yours.

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    Originally posted by SLuiCe
    Another mic or two a little closer might have been good to mix in there.
    My thoughts exactly. It seems a little distant. Might be the artificial reverb too though...
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    daf!!

    This is an insirational post for today, the anniversary of 9\11.
    All over North America the pain is still TOO fresh.
    Thanks for this Daf.

    Dan

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    When 50,000 children, women and men died horrible screaming deaths from the DOW chemical spill in India, I wrote a song a little like this.

    Pain, suffering and horror are good incentives for songwriting. I look forward to the listening.

    And geee ... I wish I my choir would do 'Oh Hurricaine Blow' ... but they said I'd have to wait for a Hurricaine to come to town ... I hope my prayers don't get answered !
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    Very very classy, daf. Nice recording.

    Say are these chior peeps friends of yours?

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    Not slighting the message at all by injecting a mix comment, but when it started, it reminded me of the beginning of that Stones' tune that was in the Big Chill...you know what I'm talking about, right...YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT is the chorus, but something in the back of my mind tells me that's not the name of the tune. Anyway, it sounds really good. I can actually understand the lyric, which a rarity with me and choirs. I'd probably compress it, which would ruin it.

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    Sluice, Ped, Hevy, studio, rats:

    Thanks for the listen, guys.

    Sluice, re distance, the rest of the piece had organ accompaniment, with pipes in the choir loft. I had to find a space where I got a balanced sound, since I could only use 2 mics at once (VS-840 limitation - would've loved to have 3 or 4!). I settled for booms hanging off the balcony, pointing away from the pipes and toward the choir (to offset the closeness of the pipes) . The mix actually came off pretty well, though the organ had a bit better definition than the choir, and the opposite result might've worked better. But if I'd have put the stands down with the audience, there would've been another batch of issues.

    Ped, good point on the verb - I was new at the DSP thing then, mebbe a bit heavy handed.

    Studio - I'd love to hear yours, if there's something you can post.

    Hevy - good to see you up and around. Thanks for the feedback.

    Rats - you're right, I don't really have any friends. Happy second day of IFOR.



    Daf

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