As a result of COVID19 many school competitions such as Rockquest and the Chamber Music NZ Competition are now inviting video submissions of school bands and ensembles.
While these competitions don’t require a top quality studio recording of your school groups, wouldn’t it be nice to know how to get much better quality video and audio than just recording on someone’s phone or sticking up a handycam for the group to perform to?
In 2019 one of groups from St Andrew’s College won the national Bandquest competition with this video recorded in their music room. If you would like to make videos which sound and look like this, then these workshops are for you.
Equipment required including what software to use, what microphones to buy, the best audio interfaces for a high school budget.
How to setup DAW templates for fast recording and mixing
What is the best way to record experienced and inexperienced bands
How to mix quality recordings within the ‘rules’ set out by the Rockquest, Bandquest and Chamber Music competitions
What are the best software plugins to buy (including highlighting the latest trends in the mixing world that greatly simplify the mixing process).
How to use free video editing software to create multi-angle music videos
Duncan Ferguson will be running two days of workshops in July (prior to the Rockquest submission date) where you can join in on the recording of his year 7-9 band “Black Wired” (featured in the video linked to above). On Saturday 4 July the day will be a hands-on session showing how to select and setup all the gear, and run a recording session while videoing the performance. Sunday 5 July will be dedicated to mixing the performance and creating the final video.
The Christchurch workshops will be the best and most hands on days and teachers are encouraged to attend these first and foremost. Please note, while the main focus will be recording rock bands for Rockquest we will also be covering recording other ensembles such are Chamber Groups and Choirs.
However, for those that are unable to travel to Christchurch Duncan will offer one-day versions of these workshops in Auckland and Hamilton on 13-14 October. Note, there will be no ‘live’ recording session for the Auckland and Hamilton workshops, but we will do our best to cover all the same material in one day, including giving hands on lessons on how to do all the post-production mixing and video production work.
These days will be suitable for beginner and experienced teachers including primary and intermediate music specialists. For those that haven’t done any recording of music before Duncan will send out some guidelines for what you need to know to prepare for these workshops so you can get the most out of them.
Saturday 4 July
St Andrew’s College
Recording and videoing
Sunday 5 July
St Andrew’s College
Mixing & Post Production
Tuesday 13 October
Wednesday 14 October
Payment is due on receipt of invoice and must be paid
in advance. No refunds will be given for non-attendance.
Please note: morning tea will be provided but you will need to provide your own lunch.