Having completed the preparation of a piece of music, would anyone mind sharing with me how they mix, balance and record their work?
I would be particularly interested in those who use notation programs to prepare music.
So, you have completed your score and have selected your instruments in your notation software (Finale, Sibelius, Overture etc.). What is your process from completed score to finished CD?
I use Finale 2006a to complete my scores. I know that Finale now is able to save to a .wav file but I am not terribly happy with the quality of the finished recording. I have read on the Finale forums a few grumbles about the quality of playback in Finale. People there have complained of a 'muffled' sound. I have tried recording through an external hardware digital recorder (Boss BR 864 Digital Studio) then transferring the file to my computer for burning. No improvement really; I suppose this is to be expected as I'm still playing the sounds through Finale!
I have listened to many examples of other people's recordings here in the forums and am impressed with the clarity of sound. How do you do it?
I know that GPO bundles Kontakt Player and Steinberg Cubasis. I did initially set up Finale with Kontakt Player. I know that Cubasis has full mixing, ambience and recording capabilities. I believe that many people here use Cubasis but can a notation score be imported into Cubasis for mixing etc?
Soooo .. what is the best route from a completed notation score (particularly Finale) to finished CD recording? I am prepared to pay out for really good, user friendly software if necessary to achieve best results.
I apologise if this is considered very basic and would really appreciate it if people shared their method.