Performers will need to record their performances at some point in their lives. A good video can be a precious archive of one’s music career or be submitted for an audition, etc. Although many recording studios or engineers can help with recording, self-recording is a good way to save money and time. In this blog I will share a few tips I discovered while self-recording.
1. Be familiar with the equipment
Because the recording time runs really fast, no matter what equipment you use, you must be familiar with its functions and operating procedures to be more efficient. Especially when recording music videos, some devices need to be additionally set to music/concert mode, so that the sound will keep balanced as well as reduce noise. When I first recorded, I forgot to switch it to the special mode, resulting in a lot of noises in the video, and the music notes in the higher register had popping and buzzing sounds. Too bad I had to record it again. After that, I paid more attention to this detail every time, and I also brought headphones to listen to several tryout clips, playing passages with both loud and soft dynamics, before officially starting recording to see the sound quality, so as not to waste time recording in vain again. In addition, before recording, making sure that there is enough power supply and memory space is also important.
2. Set goals
Setting goals for each recording session is essential for self-recording to motivate yourself. Of course, the goal should not be too lofty, otherwise too much pressure will affect the mood and also lead to failure. After several recordings, my conclusion is that for one session (about two to three hours), it is more effective to record two pieces, each two to three times, and finally select the best performance from all files. Not setting a clear goal often ends up in nothing but disappointment.
3. Getting enough rest
Only by staying physically healthy and getting good rest can you produce quality work. Many people know this, but very few people do it. My so-called “rest” is not only the night before the recording, but also the period from the preparation to the actual recording. Keeping good hours and exercising regularly are good ways for me to promote body strength. Besides, on the recording day, adequate breaks like doing some simple hand exercises are necessary in between each piece's recording. Continuous video recordings will simply wear out the hands, body, and mind, which will eventually lead to poor quality.
Finally, I wish everyone well in getting their performance videos recorded!
Chin-Hsuan Sharon Cheng
Chin-Hsuan Sharon Cheng