How to Record Your Virtual Choir Part from Home

April 29, 2022

If you are participating in a virtual music project, this article will show you how to properly record your vocal or instrumental performance from home.

What You’ll Need

1. A camera, or smartphone, to record your video. Other devices, such as laptops or tablets, are also acceptable. If using a phone or tablet, make sure that the phone will be propped up and will capture your image straight on. Using a tripod can be quite helpful.

2. A second device (computer, tablet, smartphone) on which to watch and/or listen to the guide video.

3. Headphones or earbuds. You’ll need to listen to the guide video while you record, but we don’t want your camera to hear it.

4. A happy smile throughout; look like you’re having a great time!

Your Recording Space

1. Prepare to record your video in front of a plain wall, or another background that is approved by your project director.

2. Record in a quiet place. Turn off fans, dishwashers, or anything that might hum or make noise.

3. Make sure you are brightly lit from the front and not from the back or side. Use whatever lamps or natural light you have available to achieve this.

4. Secure your camera horizontally (landscape mode)

How to Record

1. Download your listening track to your computer or listening device.
2. Make sure to have your music in front of you (or memorized) so that you can easily follow along.
3. Use headphones with your computer/listening device.
4. Turn on your camera and turn it sideways (landscape mode) if you have not yet done so.
5. Make sure your entire face is framed perfectly center in the shot, and not too far away from the camera.

6. Hit record.

7. Hit play on your listening device to perform along with the guide video.

8. If your guide video instructs you to clap near the start of your performance, please do so. This makes it easier for the audio and video editors to synchronize the individually recorded parts when bringing the project together.

9. Record yourself for the duration of the song, even if you don’t come in right away.

10. Begin singing or playing in your turn.

11. Make sure to leave the camera on and smile until at least 5 -10 seconds after the song ends before stopping the recording.

To Recap:

When you are recording your part for a virtual choir project, make sure that you are in a quiet, well-lit space. Record your video in landscape mode, and for the entire duration of the song, even if you are not performing the entire time. Wear headphones to listen to the guide track, have your music memorized in front of you, and smile if appropriate. Participating in a virtual music project is a blast, so make sure your audience knows it!

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