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Question by MC
Submitted on 3/28/2004
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What are the differences between recording Classical music and Pop music?

Answer by Sarah
Submitted on 4/21/2005
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Pop music is to be recorded in the simplest form and then mixed afterward. Things can be added synthetically to the music to create different effects. It does not matter is there are mistakes made in the recording session because they can be edited afterwards.
Classical music is recorded as is. If you want special effects like an echo to create a fuller sound, you must find a space which creates your desired effect. Classical music should not be tampered with in a studio. What you record is what you get. Mistakes and all.


Answer by Robby Resnick
Submitted on 9/8/2006
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There is quite a bit of difference. I've just started learning about classical recording. But from what I can tell, classical music has some unique challenges. For one, unlike pop music, close microphones are not favored. The idea is to capture the performance and the sound of the hall. Matching the band, style, and hall is the art of preprodution. During the tracking phase, the engineer will do little on the board and focus on mic placement and technique. It is about the challenge of managing people. And of course, it is harder to fix mistakes when recording an orchestra because you're not just focusing on one source.

There is much I have not learned, so I may be long. But I'm currently in a class for classical recording and this is what I've gotten out of it.


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