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#1 zwhe

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 11:16

My church have asked if I could record some hymns to be played during the online service, but I don't have any recording equipment. I have an accoustic piano in a room with a hard floor and little soft furnishings.

I have tried a sample recording on my laptop, but even when I try to 'clean it up' afterwards, it is difficult to even tell it is a piano! It sounds like I'm playing underwater and all the low notes blend together.

Does anyone have any suggestions, as I don't really want to spend any money on something that I am hoping won't even be needed in a few weeks time. 


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#2 LoneM

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 12:11

Are you using the laptop's own microphone?  A better, external mic would help.    I was once asked to do something similar and was able to borrow a mic that plugged into my PC and produced quite a good sound. Maybe your church will have something - the main problem may be the interface.


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#3 elemimele

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 12:12

If I were you, I'd reply that you've tried but it's disastrous with just your laptop, and ask if there is there anyone in the church who has any recording apparatus they can lend you that might do a better job? It may be that your church also contains a friendly, covert recording engineer with better equipment who can offer advice and long-distance tech-support.


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Posted 21 May 2020 - 12:36

Can you suggest that they buy a CD of hymns, which would be much less cost and effort for them than what they are asking you to do?


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Posted 21 May 2020 - 14:10

Can you suggest that they buy a CD of hymns, which would be much less cost and effort for them than what they are asking you to do?

 

I think it is nice for someone at the church to play rather than a CD of strangers.   Anyway I have made a few recordings and used my mobile phone.   It is ok and better than nothing but does not give a professional sound


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Posted 21 May 2020 - 15:51

It''s nice if you want to do it. Less so if you are being put upon.


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#7 ejw21

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 15:55

Another second for a mobile phone - there are a few audio recording apps available and the built in mic will probably be better than your laptop. If your room is really hard, do you have any spare duvets or similar soft furnishings you could use to soften it?


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#8 KathyB

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 18:21

They can probably download professional recordings from Your Accompanist for about 99p each.
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#9 zwhe

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 21:03

Thank you for your suggestions. They are using recordings at the moment, but I think they thought it would be nice for the congregation to have something familiar (not sure what that says about my make it up as you go along style of playing!). I will have a go on my mobile, and I could try bringing bedding downstairs. We don't have any spare - I had to buy more recently as the kids have moved back in for lockdown and didn't bring theirs with them! There are microphones at church, but I would have to get a key from someone to fetch one. 


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Posted 21 May 2020 - 22:08

My husband is a church DoM, is even less techie than me, and has managed to make good enough recordings on his phone, which everyone seems happy with.

 

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