Putting together the final files that clients will listen to is a time consuming, detail oriented and important task. In this video I walk through the first half of one concert for the Colorado Music Festival.
It’s a 50 minute video, but may be useful to see how the final preparation takes place; the product the clients actually care about.
In live recording, and then post-production editing, mixing and mastering a classical orchestra concert I find that the post-production process usually takes about 2 to 3 times the length of the event. So if the concert is 2 hours long it will take about 4 to 6 hours to complete the project, which then must be uploaded and backed up.
So a total timeline looks like this:
- Arrive at venue at 7 AM for set up
- Rehearsal at 10 – 12:30, set levels, figure out soloist stuff etc…
- Pack up microphones (I’ve already had a computer stolen,) leave mic stands and cables, out by 2:00
So we’re already seven hours in
- Arrive for concert at 5:30 and set microphones and console
- Concert from 7:30 – 9:30
- Tear down everything. Back up files. Out of the venue by 11:30
Now we’re totaling thirteen hours
- 9:00 AM. Upload to mixing hard-drive and start mixing, done by 1:00 and grab some lunch
- Packaging and exporting/bouncing done by 3:00
- Upload to Google drive, and back up to B.U. Mixing hard-drive
- Out by 3:30
Now our total time for one concert is nineteen and a half hours.
This is pretty typical, and hopefully the video below will show some of that final process.
Going to go finish bouncing out the last 5 tracks for this concert!