Nashville Violinist on Recording String Sections & Managing A DIY Career
Nashville-by-way-of-Chicago’s Sarah Wilfong is a world-class violinist and one helluva fiddler, having toured the world with the country band Mustang Sally, performing over 200 dates a year for nearly a decade, and even making it all the way to the Carnegie Hall. Wilfong is poised to release her latest full-length solo record, and we got the chance to speak with her about how to properly mic a string section and the struggles of managing a DIY career. Continue reading →
You’ve done it. You recorded your masterpiece with love and care, and listened back to it eagerly only to realize that something is missing. Something… stringy. Strings! Ah-ha! This is a fine realization to have, but what does it mean for you, practically speaking? Because unless you have a symphony orchestra in your back pocket, you will need to employ some audio sleight-of-hand to achieve a full string section sound.
IDENTIFY THE DESIRED EFFECT
First, you need to identify the type of string sound you are after. If the strings on “Eleanor Rigby” set your heart thumping, you might want to consider a string quartet (two violins, one viola, one cello, no doubling). The easiest way to get a full quartet sound is to rehearse your quartet, and record them all together in the same room. Continue reading →