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 Post subject: Submissions and recording tips
PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:59 pm 
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Submit your recordings, biographies or articles using the file attachment option as in this example. The recordings should be in mp3-format with at least 128 kbps and no more than 192 kbps. Read more about the requirements on recordings at:
http://pianosociety.com/cms/index.php?section=15

Many of our pianists use handy MP3-recorders which are very easy to operate. They record directly to MP3-format (optional to WAV) then you copy/move the recording to the computer using USB and upload it to this forum in a separate topic. Several recordings can be put into a single post with the maximum limit of 250 MB in total.

Read about copyright issues:
http://pianosociety.com/cms/index.php?section=14

The Music Board will evaluate your recording and put it up if accepted.


If you are looking for an wav/mp3 editing software, one example I use is Audacity which can be downloaded from:
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/

You need the LAME library to be able to extract a file in mp3-format. The lame_enc.dll should be copied to the first level of the Audacity directory at your installation and can be downloaded from:
http://spaghetticode.org/lame/

If you want to install extra effects, I can highly recommend the GVerb as reverb (which is probably the only effect you need, perhaps also an Equalizer). But first, you need to install the VST enabler from:
http://www.audacityteam.org/vst/

Information on how to download the GVerb effect and use it can be found here:
http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php? ... rbSettings

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 10:33 pm 
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Thanks for the info :D

LAME for Windows: http://www-users.york.ac.uk/~raa110/audacity/lame.html


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Another recommendation: importing MP3 to most audio editors and re-exporting to MP3 means your audio gets reencoded lossily, reducing sound quality. If you record direct to MP3 and want only to chop off blank space before and after a good recording, use a specialized tool like mp3splt.


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schmonz wrote:
Another recommendation: importing MP3 to most audio editors and re-exporting to MP3 means your audio gets reencoded lossily, reducing sound quality. If you record direct to MP3 and want only to chop off blank space before and after a good recording, use a specialized tool like mp3splt.

This is good to know, thanks.
I think most people will want to do some postprocessing anyway, like adding reverb and cutting out bits, but this tool could be useful in some cases.

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techneut wrote:
schmonz wrote:
Another recommendation: importing MP3 to most audio editors and re-exporting to MP3 means your audio gets reencoded lossily, reducing sound quality. If you record direct to MP3 and want only to chop off blank space before and after a good recording, use a specialized tool like mp3splt.

This is good to know, thanks.
I think most people will want to do some postprocessing anyway, like adding reverb and cutting out bits, but this tool could be useful in some cases.


Interesting! So if anyhow possible and if there is editing necessary like cutting out the piece, adding reverb or normalization to proper output level, one should better record in wav format, and transform to mp3 only at the end. Instead to record with mp3, because the mp3 recalculation looses audio informations.

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In Beirut-Lebanon there is not in market handy MP3-recorders, I like to know the price of it.


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Setrak wrote:
In Beirut-Lebanon there is not in market handy MP3-recorders, I like to know the price of it.


You can buy a handy mp3 recorder (Roland Edriol r09) for about $300 USD. But it will be hard(er) for you to find a seller who will ship it to Ber.-Leb.

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Yes, I use Audacity to edit but I have file format converters like Smart Audio Pro which converts files to Mp3. I also use a Digital Voice Recorder to record if the recorderings are not being professional done.

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Someone mentioned recently a recorder (I think) that was cheaper and even nicer than the Edirol that you guys use. What was it? My mom is thinking of getting me a recorder for my birthday, and then all I will be waiting for to start recording is to get back up to school to record on the nice Steinway concert grand there. :D (I'm home for the summer.)

Sorry if I posted this in the wrong thread...

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All I can remember is a recorder called a "Zoom"(?) Not sure of the price and I don't think it is any better than the Edirol.

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Yes, the recorder is "Zoom".
musicusblau and I use Zoom H4 (but musicusblau uses a very expensive external mic extra), and StuKautsch has Zoom H2.
I don't have Edirol, therfore I can't compare them. And only those who have both of them can compare in a right way, because we all have different pianos, different rooms (and also different effects, even though I've never used the "reverb" yet - I couldn't find the right one among the vast kinds of them!).

Looking forward to hear you finally, Terez!!! :D

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I am trying to submit a piece for the audition room, but it does not seem possible to send it with the attachment file. Could it be that the piece is too big? It is 40.6MB and in MP3 Format. Or may I try sending it to the email address info@pianosociety.com when it does not work?


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 Post subject: Audition Room
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Hello, my name is Sarara Momokawa, and I would like to submit the Beethoven sonata op.106 as my audition piece. I hope I am submitting it to the right place...
I unfortunately do not have a program to edit the recording, so there are applauses in the beginning and the end. I hope to find a program soon to enable me to do my own editing.


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I was able to post it as an attachment file after some time. Sorry for the first message..!


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Hello,

Sorry, but this is not exactly the right place to put this. You should start a new topic in the Audition Room with the title, "Beethoven - Sonata Op. 106"

Also, I'm guessing that since this file is huge, that all movements are in one file, and we need the movements to be separated. You are going to have to learn how to use an editing program so you can do this, plus edit out more than a few seconds of applause.

So please separate the file and resubmit in the Audition Room under a new topic. If you have trouble deleting your file here, I can do it later.

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Thank you for the reply-- I will then try to edit the recording, and hopefully will be able to post it soon properly seperated into all four movements.


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 Post subject: recording tips
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Here's is an interesting vid on recording the piano. The intro to the video is annoying and so is the end, but everything else in the middle is worth watching! I wish I could afford all of those expensive mics, plus a grand. I can't for now, but perhaps if my studio grows, I will be able to in the future. :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVDMOc7_T04

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It's mildly interesting but so rudimentary that is seems not very useful. I wish they'd recorded the same piece with all setups so one could compare, and I wish they'd commented on how the different setups differ and which one to choose.

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Thanks! True, if I could afford all those microphones, it would certainly be worth while to try it out. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Submissions and recording tips
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I was wondering about some less expensive options than, say, a 300$ field recorder. Could something like this be used?
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+Digi ... _desc=null

I'd love to have a decent way of recording my piano, even if it's just for my own enjoyment/interpretive work. Are there any good options in the 50-200 dollar price range? :lol:


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Could anyone please recommend voice-editting software that can create a grand piano effect? I am using Upright piano and the sound is not 'grand' enough. Any software can manipulate the voice to grand piano texture? Thank you!


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