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Orchestra and choir recording

Four For Music Ltd. offers orchestra and choir recording to our clients. We have the possibility to cover small orchestras (25 musicians), as well as large orchestras (83 musicians).

The company is very proud to represent the finest and most experienced players in Bulgaria – Sofia Session Orchestra & Choir, consisting of musicians from the top orchestras in the country. The average orchestra that you could hire is made of 63 people. We estimated that on average we can record around 5 minutes music per hour of our best quality material, depending on the complexity of the music material. Here's an example of an ensemble:

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

 Strings (40) Woodwinds (8) Brass (11) Percussion (3)   Harp
 [12-10-8-6-4] [2-2-2-2]  [4-3-3-1]  Timpani + 2  1

Of course, the nature of our business is to provide custom solutions to the clients' requirements. So if you want to record something special (to have either less or more musicians) do not hesitate to contact us and use the contact form.

The situation with the choirs is similar to the orchestra - we can get you large ensembles, small ensembles and chamber choirs (from 6 to 60 and more singers). The choirs we work with are mixed, male, female, ethnic Bulgarian singers, children. One thing that you should have in mind is that choirs need more time to rehearse and practise - compared to the traditional orchestra sight-reading.


Do I have to pay extra for royalties?

No, you don't. Each of the contracting services, done by Four For Music Ltd., comes with full royalty buyouts. After getting a quote from us you won't have to pay anything else. There will be no additional charges after the final offer that we give you! What about the payments? All the payments are made by wire transfer to our local bank account after an invoice (the transfer fee is paid by the client). In order to see how much your session is going to cost, use the contact form. Each and every one of the recording sessions is very custom and can vary in pricing. Also, depending on your budget and needs we can offer you different setups - halls, musicians, equipment - that could lower the cost.


What is the length of a recording session?

A recording session is 3 hours with two 15 minutes breaks (there might be three or more breaks when recording choir - especially children!). You can book longer sessions, but there can't be a recording session shorter than 3 hours. However, we often make shared sessions, which can give you the option to book shorter time slots starting from 30 minutes. Have in mind that there is always an hour of studio preparation that needs to be booked prior to the session.


What do I have to prepare for the session? 

Apart from the payment, you should give us the score and parts a week before the recording session (in .pdf or Sibelius file). Have in mind that orchestras are sight-readers, so you can give us the music sheets a couple of days before the recordings. Things with choir are a bit different because the singers will need some time to learn the lyrics (if any) and the music. In this case, we'll need the score at least 2 weeks before the session (a conductor's score only is enough in this case, no need for parts). Also, have in mind that scores that are not very well written can result in problems during the session. Please, give us professionally written score sheets - if you are not sure whether you can make this, you can hire us for orchestration, proof-reading and copying. If you want the orchestra to follow a click track, we will need tempo map (MIDI), click track (.wav) and if you'd like, you can give us background music and reference (.wav). Also, we can accept Pro Tools versions - our current Pro Tools HD is version 11. All audio files should match the sample rate of the project, so for example, if you'd like us to record in 96kHz/24 bit, your .wav files should be with the same properties!

Please, always include 2 free bars at the beginning - both in the audio, MIDI and scores!


Do I have to be present on the session?

No, you do not. If you think that coming to Bulgaria will cost you too much, Four For Music Ltd. has a stable functioning high-quality remote service which will allow you to be present at the session, "electronically". Our audio and video streaming software guarantee that you will be able to listen and watch smoothly your recording session without any problems.

However, if you would like to come to the Sofia Session Studio and be present to your session, our staff will assist you with booking your flight and accommodation in Bulgaria.


Can I conduct my own music?

Sure you can, why not? You would have to come to Bulgaria - as we mention, our staff will help you arrange accommodation and flight booking. Usually, we contact our own conductors - both choral and orchestral - but you can come and conduct by yourself as well. It would be a pleasure for us to meet you face-to-face!


 

What do you get?

When booking a recording session with us, the team at Four For Music Ltd. will take care of supplying you with our main professional services, as well as some supplementary services, making sure that all your requirements are met.


Here is a list of what you get when you book a session with Four For Music Ltd.:

  • Contracting service with a full royalty buyout - our contracting team will make sure that your traditional/specific orchestra set-up consists of the most excellent and experienced musicians 
  • Conductor for the recording session - we work with the most professional conductors in Bulgaria, with plenty of experience in live concerts and recording sessions 
  • Recording session librarian - a remote session librarian will take care of writing down the details, comments and ideas for each take of your session
  • Printing of the score and parts - we will take care of printing the score and parts for your recording session
  • Real-time audio streaming - we are going to stream your recording session live, so you are able to hear and watch it in real time without any problems
  • Fast turnaround - we start uploading the files from your session when it's done, so they will be at your disposal as soon as possible


The main goal of Four For Music Ltd. is to provide our clients with an end product of premium quality, meeting with the professional standards of the music industry.


 

Score preparation

Nowadays, most of the composers make use of DAWs to write their music. 

Four For Music Ltd. offers the service of transforming the MIDI in the exact orchestra score, with parts entirely prepared to be performed by the conductor and the musicians. 

Composition, orchestration, arranging

The team at Four For Music Ltd. consists of people with deep knowledge for music, including composers, conductors, sound engineers, musicians and professional orchestrators.

We offer to help and advise our clients when it comes to orchestrating and arranging their musical pieces, providing them with professional advice based on profound knowledge and experience in the music industry.


Four For Music Ltd. employs the services of some of the most noted Bulgarian composers, creating music on demand for TV, films, games, media and advertising. The team has a lot of experience with nearly any music style and genre, hence can provide original orchestral and choral music with remarkably fast turnaround.



Instrument rental

For your records or concert events we could provide a large number of high quality classical and ethnic string and percussion instruments which take part in the symphony orchestra (also jazz, rock, and ethnic bands).

Strings – Double Basses ( 4 string and 5 string), Harp etc.

Percussion – Timpani (Adams), Bass Drum (Adams), Cymbals (Sabian 18”, 20”, 22”), Snare drum, Tam tam, Drum set, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba (Adams), Congas and many others. As well as some rare instruments as Crotales or Ethnic drums (Bendir and etc.)

Winds – All wind players have personal instruments, but we could provide even specific wind instruments as Shepherd’s pipe, Bulgarian kaval, Armenian duduk, etc.

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