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Introduction

Mandatory Recordings: Stems Delivered 

In all three packages, for the recordings that are mandatory (included in our Score Review), the following types of Stems are delivered: 

  • Sectional Stems

These are stems for the instrument group or family, such as the group High Strings (violins 1, violins 2, violas) in our Strings Package or the family of Oboes (Oboe, English Horn) in our Full Production Suite Package.

  • Player’s Stems

These are stems for each individual recorded musician. Each is delivered in the mic positions included in the package you select. 

 

Optional Recordings: Stems Delivered 

Optional recordings refers to recordings of parts that are not indicated as required in the Score Review. They may include a specific String and/or Wind part you wish to record, or percussion, keyboard or soloist’s parts (i.e. soloists who are not in the ensemble). 

Only up to two parts of the same instrument family can be submitted, in any combination of mandatory and optional parts. To be specific, this could be two mandatory recorded parts, two optional recorded parts, or one of each, all depending on the nature of the score. You will know whether there is capacity for an optional part in any given instrument family on the basis of the score review. 

For example: 

  • Flute 1 (mandatory) and Flute 2 (optional) can be recorded and submitted. 
  • Oboe (optional) and Cor Anglais (optional) can be recorded and submitted. 
  • Horn 1 (mandatory) and Horn 3 (mandatory) must be recorded and submitted, and would fill all availability for horns.
  • Violin 1 (mandatory) and Violin 1 divisi (optional) can be recorded and submitted together with Violin 2 (optional) and Violin 2 divisi (optional). 
 
In all Packages, we deliver the stems of the optional recordings as follows:

An optional recording of a strings-section part: 

  • the Player’s Stems delivered 
  • the recording blended into the Sectional Stems

An optional recording of a winds-section part: 

  • the Player’s Stems delivered
  • the recording will not be included in the Sectional Stems. We assume the optional part will have been recorded for a special reason, and if the optional recording is kept out of the sectional stems,  then you will have total control over the mix.

An optional recording of Percussion (tuned and untuned, and including timpani)  and/or keyboards: 

  • placed in five stage positions, left to right, at the back of the sound stage

  • for each stage position, we deliver the same number of mic positions included in the selected package

An optional recording of one or more soloist’s parts (up to four parts)

  • soloists, in this context, refers to one or more musicians who in live performance would be in front of the orchestra, and not placed onstage as a player within the ensemble. Up to four soloists can be included in a project. The Soloists Stems for each soloist is delivered in the microphone positions included in the package selected. 

 

Packages’ Unique Features

The differences in the stems you will receive are manifested by:

  • the number of parts that will have been recorded

  • the instruments grouped into each stem

  • the number of microphone positions delivered

 
NOTE: our service does not create or generate any soloists, percussion or keyboard parts using virtual instruments. Our service can accept and process your recordings of these parts when you upload them through the Optional File facility. Our service does not currently accept voice recordings.

Strings Package

Instrument Groups Delivered

In the Strings Package, all of the strings in your score will be delivered in one of two stem groups: 

  • High: consisting of violins 1, violins 2, violas, and their divisi
  • Low: consisting of cello and double-bass, and their divisi

 

Microphone positions included

For each Instrument Group (High and Low), three mic positions (three stems) will be delivered: 

  • Close
  • Conductor’s Tree
  • Surround LR

The Parts Required To Record

For each Instrument Group (High and Low), you will have to record at least one instrument in each group. To be specific:

  • To get all of the instruments in the group consisting of violins 1, violins 2 and violas, one of those parts must be recorded.
  • To get all of the stems for the group consisting of cello and double-bass, one of those parts must be recorded.

 

That means, in most cases, two players are required for you to receive stems of all five strings and their divisi. For example, you might record viola and cello, and then receive six stems that would consist of:

  • the group of all High strings (violins and violas and all divisi) in three stems, providing Close, Conductor’s Tree and Surround microphone positions
  • the group of all Low strings (cellos and double-bass and all divisi) in three stems, providing Close, Conductor’s tree and Surround microphone positions

 

The maximum number of parts: in most scores, the maximum number of parts that are needed is 5 strings (unless your score includes solos). 

Stems Delivered

Sectional Stems: 

  • High (violins 1, violins 2, violas) in 3 mic positions

  • Low (cello and double-bass) in 3 mic positions 

  • Max number: 6

 

Players Stems:

  • each mandatory recorded part in 3 mic positions 
  • each optional recorded part in 3 mic positions 
  • Max number: 30 (5 mandatory parts + 5 optional parts) x 3 mic positions

 

Soloists Stems

  • Each soloist in 3 mic positions 
  • Max number: 12 (4 soloists x 3 mic positions)

 

Optional Recording Stems: Percussion & Keyboards

  • 5 stage positions in 3 mic positions
  • Max number: 15 

 

Total Stems Delivered: 63

Orchestral Package

Instrument Groups delivered

In the Orchestral Package, all instruments in your score will be delivered within their respective orchestral sections:

Woodwinds

  • High: consisting of flutes, oboes, clarinets and related instruments
  • Low: consisting of bass clarinet, bassoon and related instruments

 

Brass

  • horns
  • trumpets, trombones and related instruments

Harps  

Strings

  • High: consisting of violins 1, violins 2, violas, and their divisi)
  • Low: consisting of cellos and double-basses, and their divisi

 

Microphone positions included

For each instrument group, three mic positions will be delivered: 

  • Close
  • Conductor’s Tree
  • Surround LR

The Parts Required To Record

For each Instrument Group, you will have to record at least one instrument in each group. To be specific:

  • To get all High Woodwinds (flutes including piccolos,  oboes including English horn and oboe d’amore, clarinets and related instruments) record one of the following: flute, oboe or clarinet
  •   To get all Low Woodwinds (bass-clarinet, bassoon and contrabassoon) record the bassoon
  •   To get a full horn section, record one horn 
  • To get all trumpets, trombones, and related instruments, record one trumpet or trombone 
  •   To get all High Strings (violins 1, violins 2 and violas), record at least one of those parts.
  •   To get all Low Strings (cello and double-bass), record at least one of those parts.

Please note: we don’t usually require a recording of the harp part to provide a harp section (depending on your score). 

To summarise: 

  • For a full symphonic score, the minimum number of parts to record is 6 (one high Woodwind and a bassoon; one horn; trumpet or trombone; one high and one low strings).  
  • In most cases, the maximum number of parts to record is 12 (unless there are additional solo parts), including 4 Woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon), 3 brass (trumpet, horn and trombone) and 5 Strings (violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, double-bass).   

Stems Delivered

Sectional Stems

  • High Woodwinds (flutes including piccolos,  oboes including English horn and oboe d’amore, clarinets and related instruments) in 3 mic positions 
  • Low Woodwinds (bass-clarinet, bassoon and contrabassoon) in 3 mic positions 
  • Horn section in 3 mic positions 
  • trumpets, trombones, and related instruments (combined) in 3 mic positions  
  • Harp section in 3 mic positions 
  • High Strings (violins 1, violins 2, violas) in 3 mic positions 
  • Low Strings (cello and double-bass) in 3 mic positions 
  • Max number: 21 (7 instrument groups x 3 mic positions)

Player’s Stems

    • each mandatory recorded part in 3 mic positions 
    • each optional recorded part in 3 mic positions 
    • Max number: 72 (12 mandatory parts + 12 optional parts) x 3 mic positions

Soloists Stems

    • Each soloist in 3 mic positions 
    • Max number: 12 (4 soloists x 3 mic positions)

Optional Recording Stems: Percussion & keyboards

    • 5 stage positions in 3 mic positions
    • Max number: 15
 

Total Stems Delivered: 120

 

Full Production Suite Package

 

Instrument Groups Delivered

In this package, all of the instruments in your score will be placed into their respective instrumental families, and all stems will be produced for each instrument family as follows:

  • flutes (including piccolos)
  • oboes (including English horn)
  • clarinets (including Bass Clarinet)
  • bassoon  (including Contrabassoon)
  • horns 
  • trumpets
  • trombones (including tubas)
  • harps
  • 1st violins
  • 2nd violins
  • violas
  • cellos
  • double-basses 

 

Microphone Positions Included

Each instrument family is delivered with five stems in different microphone positions: 

  • Super Dry
  • Close
  • Conductor Tree
  • Surround LR
  • Hall 

The Parts Required To Record

For each family of instruments included in your composition, you must record at least one instrument that belongs to that family (exception: the harp family does not require a harp to be recorded). To be specific, if any of the following instrument families are included in your score – flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, trumpets, trombones, violin 1, violin 2, cellos or double-bass – then at least one instrument belonging to the family must be recorded.

 

Stems Delivered

Sectional Stems

  • Each Instrument family in 5 mic positions
  • Max number: 65 (13 instrument families x 5 mic positions)

Player’s Stems

  • each required recorded part in 5 mic positions 
  • each optional recorded part in 5 mic positions 
  • Max number: 120 (12 mandatory parts + 12 optional parts) x 5 mic positions

Soloists Stems

  • Each soloist in 5 mic positions 
  • Max number: 20 (4 soloists x 5 mic positions)

Optional Recording Stems: Percussion & keyboards

  • 5 stage positions in 5 mic positions
  • Max number: 25
 

Total Stems Delivered: 230

Special Full Production Suite Tip

You are, of course, welcome to select and use the Full Production Suite package, even if your score does not use all instruments. You might have a score written for string orchestra, flutes, and harps, for example, and would like to have the detailed mix control provided by the five high-quality mic positions for each individual section of the string orchestra.