Recital Recordings are made with a fixed stereo pair, high quality preamps and converters, and done by professional staff and trained students.
All degree recitals must be recorded, and are automatically selected to be recorded.
Before Your Concert
When making your recital room request with the scheduling office select the checkbox to be recorded.
Screenshot to select recording in the Event Request:
What do all the options mean?
- Faculty Recital
- Only concerts with one or more faculty performing the majority of the concert, and as approved by the administration. Covers only the audio recording.
- College Ensemble
- Only for concerts with ensemble that has a course number, or one of the officially-listed ensembles. Covers audio and video, live streaming if able.
- This marks a room request as a session, and it also shows on our list of recordings to make. You then need to tell us when and where to be, along with what kind of recording you need.
- Video Recital Recording
- This flags your recital for video on your Voertman recital. Our availability then needs to be checked, and payment is required through our site.
- Audio Recital Recording
- This is the most basic recital request of an audio-only archive recording. Select this then if your recital is required by your degree you should be all set, if not then payment needs to be made through our site.
To respect the people working recitals and their personal schedule and studies we will not schedule new recitals with less than 2 days before a concert a recording. Concerts 7 days or less will be charged a late fee.
Is Your Concert Recording Already Paid For?
Audio recordings are already paid for with music fees for all degree recitals (recitals that are required for your degree), such as most DMA, Masters, and all Senior Recitals. Video recording is considered an add-on and is $75 regardless of the recital type. If you are not sure, ask us.
Available Recording Spaces
- Voertman (254) [Video]
- Recital (301)
- Kenton (282)
- Organ Recital (253)
- MEIT (1001)
- Choir Rehearsal (230)
- MU 258
- MU 232
- MU 263
- - Winspear [organ & ensembles only]
- - Lyric
- *Main Aud
These are the rooms with connectivity to our control room. If the room you would like is not on this list, please send us an email beforehand. We do not record outside of Main Music & MPAC.
*Main Aud is available, though we need a solid 2 weeks or more of notice since we have to transport gear to the space, and a limited amount of staff can do this.
If your recital is in Voertman Hall and you would like to add a single or multicamera video shoot, add an additional $75.00 ($150.00 total). Pay cash/credit/check to the Scheduling or Main Office before the concert, and the 1 week $25 late fee still applies. Click on the video tab for more info.
After your Concert
Turn Around Time is within the week and will show online through the Archive portion of this site. We do not have notification features.
Check the recording for any technical issues, and please let us know as soon as possible.
Missed Concert Policy
We have a killer 99.9% success rate. On average we miss 1 concert of about 500 a year due to scheduling or student worker mistakes. If a recital is missed due to a mistake on our end we offer a refund for any added services and credit towards a future recital or session. We do recommend running a backup recorder in the hall, plus it is good practice for the future.
Faculty Access to Degree Recitals
Faculty have unrestricted access to this archive and all the recordings we make.
Jazz Recital Recording
Jazz recitals are recorded using a variety of studio-grade microphones, direct boxes, pre-amplifiers and digital converters. With the available time before the recital we ensure all microphones are placed correctly, to capture the instrument accurately, and discreetly so as not to disturb the audience or musicians sight-lines. We record between 8 and 16 channels depending on the ensemble. After, the recital is mixed and edited by a professional staff engineer. The fee is the standard $75 recital charge, or otherwise covered through course fees for degree recitals.
Before Your Recital
The more information we have about a recital the easier it is for us to plan and staff the event. We like to know:
- Who is performing? A jazz arranging student showcasing music for multiple ensembles requires a different set-up than a trio or quartet.
- What is the stage layout? Is the rhythm section stage left or right? Do performers from the horn section walk up front to take solos?
- Any special considerations?
We do not provide live sound reinforcement. If your recital needs live sound reinforcement see the jazz studies office for the form.
In addition to miking the instrument or amplifier, in most cases it is helpful to capture a direct feed from certain instruments; these include upright and electric bass, electric keyboards and electric guitars. This direct feed gives us a “clean” track of the instrument free of bleed from the rest of the ensemble. In post this allows us to boost these instruments without affecting the rest of the band, producing a tighter rhythm section and a cleaner mix. In your career you will be asked to use direct boxes for live and studio work so it’s beneficial to be familiar with them and comfortable with their use. Here we use the Rupert Neve DI. A studio-grade direct injection box designed to accurately capture a wide range of sources. You can read more about it here.
If your amplifier has a direct out line or you have a DI of your own and you would prefer to capture that instead, let us know as early as possible.
Remember this is a live recording and not a studio session. It captures what happens during the live concert and there are more limited of what can be done afterwards than in a studio. We can adjust some balance between mics, but mics will hear other sources ("bleed") and limit how much adjustment can be made before it becomes noticeable.
After Your Recital
Mixing and editing is completed two to three business days after your event and tracks will be available for download from the archive after that. Multi-track files are available upon request through Dropbox.
Questions, Comments, Concerns
If you have any questions or concerns about the recording of your upcoming recital email me at Jordan.Bailey@unt.edu or stop by room 149, most weekdays I’m there in the afternoon.
There are 3 remote controlled High Definition cameras that we can shoot live mixed video. The audio recording is combined with the video to provide the best quality product.
- Mixed or Center-only camera. We do mixed by default.
- One File or files by track. One File is default. Markers are included in the single file.
Keep in mind many video audition requirements require a single center shot to prevent editing.
Movie downloads are similar to an iTunes Store file (h.264 m4v) that can be opened in most video software, or uploaded to youtube. DVDs are no longer an option we provide since we do not have computers with disc drives, and very few customers have disc drives to play them.
We do not live stream student recitals at this time, but we are working on it.
- Concert footage is guaranteed to be kept for the current semester only. Please keep a backup.
- Voertman Hall is the only Main Music Building hall we support video in.
- Requests that overlap a live concert stream may not be approved. Our trained video staff is quite small.
Requesting for Recitals
$150 total ($75 recital audio fee + $75 video add-on) is due before the concert, then send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org of the date and time of your recital more than 1 week ahead. Under a week of notice is a $25 late fee.$75/hr
Follow the same steps for an audio session. Use Roomview to find an available time in Voertman and book it. Send us an email of when we need to be there.
What we are not able to do:
- ...Edit content we did not record (such as sync our audio with your video).
- ...Record video in every location. Only Voertman and Winspear are wired for video (and for a reason)
- ...Live stream student concerts.
Student Recording Sessions
There are three steps to booking a session with us: #1 book the hall, #2 pick a service and #3 let us know about it (email@example.com).
- Book Hall Time
Find a time on Roomview and reserve it with the scheduling office.
- Be within building hours.
- Minimum of 1 hour.
- Work within the hall rules below.
When the event request is reviewed by Laura in the Scheduling Office, she will confirm with Recording Services if we are recording that session. For us to answer Yes, complete the next two steps.
- Select a Recording Service Type
We offer three types of services for recording sessions.
(1) Standard Sessions - Audio only$35 / hr
Recorded with the hall stereo rig used in recitals, and intended for quick audition or demo submissions or progress tracking. Great sound with a low price for when you need something better than your portable recorder.
- Stereo microphones normally used in recital recording.
- Track cleanup (fade in/out on full takes) or Tracks-only folder by request.
- Download of all tracks via Dropbox.
- Recital and Voertman Hall.
- Audio only.
- No splicing within takes.
- Classical in nature.
- One hour minimum.
- Session material is kept for the current semester, is not archived.
(2) Multitrack (Commercial) Session - Audio only$65 / hr
This more involved session for polished material, intended for demos, and commercial releases. Run by a staff engineer.
- Specifically placed microphones.
- Further Editing/splicing available.
- College of Music halls only.
- Two hour minimum.
- Session material is kept until the project is completed or released.
Please contact us well ahead of time for this.
(3) Video Session$75 / hr
A single center shot is available in Voertman Hall only. See the 'video' tab for more info. Includes audio and editing is limited to full takes of a piece (no splicing).
- Contact Us
We charge only for tracking time, and payment is due before the files are released.
Still have questions? Ask us, we don't bite.
Archive Policies and Retention
Recitals and ensemble events are made available for download and streaming only through this online archive.
Anyone with an EUID (university ID) can access the archive. The login is required both for keeping usage limited to academic use for copyrighted musical works, and as a college policy. Parents, family, employers...etc can not be given a login. Students should not give their login out per UNT policy.
Ensemble performances may be posted on Youtube publicly after a copyright review for the musical work, and approval from the ensemble director for performance quality. We take requests!
Materials in the archive are kept for about 5 years depending on storage, and upgrade requirements. All degree and ensemble material is archived in the Willis Library and their online system. Their system likewise requires an EUID to access recording material, however their web portal does not provide a download option and the Library does not make duplications.
I Graduated Many Years Ago, How Do I Get A Copy of My Recital?
First try your EUID if you have one.
If your recital was within the last 5 years or so we may have a local copy to put on Dropbox for you. This is only for your recital, and we can not distribute ensemble material this way.
If your recital was more than 5 years ago you have to visit the Willis Library. We do not have a copy of it local at the College. They may or may not be allowed to distribute the event you are looking for. Recitals recorded to hard media like discs and tape may need to be converted first. To search their database, head here.
UNT retains ownership of the master recording for recordings we make. Our license and policies to use those recoridngs are divided up between ensemble recordings, and recital/session recordings.
The College of Music's policy on ensemble recordings is that clips be posted on the official Youtube channel, or any other official account, and pass through a set of approvals and permissions. For example, ensemble directors approve, and any guest artists must approve with a formal release given prior to the performance. Some exceptions are made, such as students performing concertos or conductor cameras. Always ask us prior to posting ensemble concert footage or run the risk of takedowns.
Paid downloads of an ensemble performance gives you the license to keep and watch the recording for personal use, but not to redistribute the recording publicly.
If you are the primary musician in the recital you have permission from the department to post and distribute your recital recording, audio and video, as you wish. We advise you to follow all musical copyrights and artist permissions before posting recordings. Please keep in mind that musical copyrights for publicly posting or distributing recordings are not covered by the university.