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RECORDING AT HOME: A SIMPLE GUIDE

RECORD ONE AT A TIME

Recording one piece at a time can help ease some of the pressure of doing it yourself. Check each video for quality and consistency as you go to avoid any need to redo takes.

FIND THE RIGHT MICROPHONE SETTINGS

A high quality microphone is absolutely essential. Ensure that the gain is set to a low enough level that no distortion occurs and set the out volume to a medium setting. This helps to reduce the need to increase levels in post-production which can sometimes cause unpleasant end results. If your device has the option, ensure stereo recording is turned on.

RECORD YOU, NOT THE SPACE AROUND

Make sure your microphone isn't too far away – people don't want to hear sound bouncing off the walls around you. Hanging up some blankets can reduce this effect. Try recording a few test takes to find the perfect position.

VIDEO RESOLUTION AND LIGHTING IS KEY

Make sure to record using a camera with a minimum resolution of 1080p at 30fps. The higher, the better! Experiment with lighting too. As a general rule, avoid having windows and lights in the background. This can be a nightmare to fix in post-production. Similarly, ensure you don't move the camera too much between takes as this can be distracting for viewers.

GET YOUR BEST ANGLE

Find an angle that frames your instrument and whole body in the shot. Try using some books to raise the height of the camera to eye level. Before recording, experiment with different angles around your room to find the best solution.

AVOID DISTRACTIONS

Choosing a good background is crucial. Try to avoid clutter or blank walls – both can look odd and distracting to the eye.

UPLOADING LARGE VIDEO FILES

Uploading your video files is easy, but remember that they are very large and can take a while. Be sure to name each file clearly and allow several days before any submission date to complete this process.