FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What ensemble concerts are regularly recorded?

What is the difference between the standard stereo setup and a multi-channel recording? Which one do I need for my recital?

How long does it take to get my finished product?

What is the procedure for a session recording?

What if I don't use the whole session time I signed up and paid for?

What’s the difference between one camera and two or three? 

What are my options for video labeling/graphics/intro page/etc? 

I am not a music student. Can you record my demo?

What is Live Sound Reinforcement? Do I need it?

I need to send a copy of my recital to the Grad Office for graduation. Can you help?

What do I do if I need something done ASAP?

Where do you record?

Can you LiveStream my recital?

Do you have a studio?

I didn’t see the engineer! Was my recital recorded?

Do you lend out equipment?

 

 

What ensemble concerts are regularly recorded?

All on campus for-credit ensembles are audio recorded by recording services. These include Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Jazz Orchestras and Octets, Concert Orchestra, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Campus Band, Spartan Youth Symphony Orchestra, Musique 21, State Singers, University Chorale, Glee Clubs, Women’s Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Campus Choir and the Opera Theatre.

Conductors of specific ensembles request LiveStream and video recording of ensemble concerts. Currently we have video available of most Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre performances as well as some of the choral concerts.

 

What is the difference between the standard stereo setup and a multi-channel recording? Which one do I need for my recital?

The standard stereo setup includes a pair of high-quality condenser microphones specially selected to capture your performance. For most recitals, this is the preferred option. For multi-instrument recitals where some instruments are acoustic and others are amplified (such as jazz recitals) balance may be a concern. A multi-channel recording allows additional microphones to be set up to capture individual instruments for later adjustment. Keep in mind that choosing a multi-channel recording will increase your post-production time and may delay you receiving your finished product.
 

How long does it take to get my finished product?

We will make every effort to get your finished session or recital recording to you in a timely fashion. Most of the time, it will be less than two weeks, but could be longer during peak recital season. If you have a deadline for recording submission, please schedule your session with adequate time for post-production. In the event that you are unable to do so, please email Recording Services to see if a rush order is possible.
 

What is the procedure for a session recording?

Your engineer will arrive approximately one hour before your session to set up and check in with the manager on call. He or she will greet you when you arrive. Please make sure you have all appropriate keys you need for your room and piano (if required). Recording Services does not have keys to the pianos. Your engineer will set up a loudspeaker so that they may communicate with you between takes. Please let your engineer know how many pieces you intend to record as well as the titles. He or she will keep notes as you record. At the end of your session, you will receive a rough CD to take home and a copy of the engineer’s notes. Once you are able to take a listen and decide which tracks you want finalized, you will need to email Recording Services with those selections or setup an edit session. 
 

What if I don't use the whole session time I signed up and paid for?

We require 1 hour minimum for session recordings. After the first hour, sessions are prorated by the half hour. If you need to be refunded time you did not use, simply email recording services. Once your project is complete we will process a partial refund for the unused time.
 

What’s the difference between one camera and two or three? 

One camera is a single shot, with no editing. It can be a single, non-moving shot of the entire stage, or the video engineer can make small adjustments to zoom in or pan the stage. Using more than one camera is best for large or complex stage setups. This allows the video to cut between a wide shot of the stage and close-ups of the performers.
 

What are my options for video labeling/graphics/intro page/etc? 

Information forthcoming. The new camera system installed in Cook Recital Hall has changed available options. Check back soon!
 

I am not a music student. Can you record my demo?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate outside requests due to the large volume of concerts we support. Our priority is to current College of Music students and faculty. 
 

What is Live Sound Reinforcement? Do I need it?

For sound reinforcement, we set up microphones and speakers to be used during live performance to amplify (make louder) instruments or voices. An example of when you might need this if you are planning a jazz recital with a vocalist who will need to be heard over the band. This will require an additional engineer to setup in the hall, set levels and make adjustments throughout the performance. 
 

I need to send a copy of my recital to the Grad Office for graduation. Can you help?

If you hire Recording Services to record your Grad recital, we will upload your recital automatically to the Grad Drive to satisfy the requirement. Please make sure to select this option when you request your recital recording.


What do I do if I need something done ASAP?

Email recording services at recserv@msu.edu. We will do our best to accommodate your request if time and previous commitments allow. Additional fees may apply for rush services.
 

Where do you record?

On campus venues: Cook Recital Hall, Hart Recital Hall, Fairchild Theatre, all College of Music classrooms, MSU Chapel, RCAH Auditorium, Wharton Center Cobb Great Hall and Pasant Theatre.

Off-campus venues: East Lansing High School, First Presbyterian Church, Martin Luther Chapel, Molly Grove Chapel, The Peoples Church, Plymouth Congregational Church, St. Mary Cathedral, St. Thomas Aquinas, University Lutheran Church, and University United Methodist Church.
 

Can you LiveStream my recital?

The College of Music LiveStream channel is for ensemble events and faculty recitals. We do not host student recital events. 
 

Do you have a studio?

Recording Services does not have a traditional studio setup. Most of our recordings are done remotely in concert halls and churches. 


I didn’t see the engineer! Was my recital recorded?

Our engineers are required to check in with the performer prior to the recital start. On rare occasions, they may be unable to find you or may have checked in with someone else who is performing on your recital. For Hart and Cook recitals, the engineers are setup to record in room 226MB and do not need to setup any equipment in the hall. We have microphones already positioned in those spaces.

 

Do you lend out equipment?

No.