One little project in which I have been engaged for the better part of the past year has been improving my understanding of recording technology. Not that I have ambitions of becoming a professional recording engineer, but I would like to be able to make credible recordings of lessons, rehearsals, concerts, students’ audition and competition entries, and my own practice sessions. Learning how to do this has involved a certain degree of trial and error, and a number of pieces of equipment purchased and returned before I found setups that work for me. At some future date I will write a post introducing the equipment I use and the reasons for choosing it. For now, though, I’ll just share a fun project from the past couple of weeks: making multitrack recordings of Christmas carols arranged for low brass instruments.
The equipment used to record these videos is as follows: an Apple iPad Pro, an Audio-Technica AT2020 Microphone, a Behringer Xenyx Q1202USB Mixer, and the Acapella app by Mixcord. Again, I’ll discuss all of that in more detail in a later post. For now, please enjoy the recordings, along with my best wishes for this season in which we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.
The first link here is for a complete playlist, followed by the individual videos. Enjoy!
Deck the Halls (Traditional/Pederson)
Sleigh Ride (Anderson/Wagner/Everett)
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (Hague/Seuss/Buckley)
Jingle Bells (Pierpont/Robertson)
I Saw Three Ships (Traditional/Elkjer)
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Calkin/Niehaus)
Good King Wenceslas (Traditional/Geese)
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Traditional/Garrett)
Adeste Fideles (Traditional/Pederson)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach/Elkjer)
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming (Praetorius/Niehaus)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Traditional/Pederson)
Joy to the World (Mason/Pederson)
Salvation is Created (Tchesnokov/Everett)
The last one was originally intended as a Communion hymn rather than a Christmas or Advent one, but it works for this purpose. Its text is based upon Psalm 74:12, and is more or less translated “Salvation is created in the midst of the earth, O God. O, our God. Alleluia.” Generations of American band students have been introduced to this great work through a wind band arrangement created by Bruce Houseknecht in 1957. I created this version for mixed low brass ensemble in 2008; it is available for purchase here if you are interested.