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Frequently Asked Questions

Recording - questions and answers
Publishing - questions and answers


Recording

1. Why would I want to make a recording?
2. Is it possible to record on a budget?
3. How much planning does a recording need?
4. Can my CDs look like those in the shops?
5. Does my musical performance have to be perfect on CD?

1. Why would I want to make a recording?
Recordings are an excellent tool for fund-raising, promotion or marketing. They make good mementos of a particular concert, service, or event. They can be used as a landmark - 'this is what our choir was like in 1999 - compare it to the choir now!'

2. Is it possible to record on a budget?
Yes, always. We will help to reduce costs without compromising the integrity of your recording project. Cost-saving measures include using high-quality monochrome line printing in the place of colour, making a single session recording instead of sessions spread across several days, and choosing the best number of CDs to get a balance between fulfilling demand and benefitting from ordering in quantity. We are proud to offer a full range of recording and manufacturing options, ensuring that we can meet your requirements, whether they are on a budget, or commercially minded.

3. How much planning does a recording need?
Your recording project should be well-planned to get the best result for the least cost. We provide comprehensive help and information to help you plan with every recording package. Read the Planning a Recording page for more information.

4. Can my CDs look like those in the shops?
Yes. Commercial retail CDs are pressed and screenprinted, with the inlays being offset printed - these are all standard on our recording packages of 500+, and all commercial recording packages.

Our Professional packages (up to 499 CDs) use CD-R and digital printing techniques, but are very similar in appearance and quality.

5. Does my musical performance have to be perfect on CD?
Not necessarily! A CD is just a recording of a performance - there is no such thing as a 'CD-quality performance'. Don't feel intimidated by the technology - it is there to record whatever you decide.


Publishing

1. What standard does the music reach?
2. What is the quality of the printed score?
3. Does you replace worn-out or damaged scores?
4. Will you publish my written music?

1. What standard does the music reach?
The music is aimed at various standards from beginner/small choirs to highly proficient/experienced choirs. The level of difficulty is clearly marked in the catalogue to help you choose suitable music.

All of the music we publish is of a high standard of writing - we don't publish everything we receive, and we don't choose music on the basis of whether it will sell well. We try to offer a good choice of music for every occasion, but all of it of a good standard.

2. What is the quality of the printed scores?
Our printed scores are of a similar quality to those of any music publisher. Our papers have been carefully selected for look, feel, and legibility. Our digital printing process produces a crisp and clean print quality which is of a very high standard.

3. Will you replace worn-out or damaged scores?
We are happy to replace octavo scores at half-price, providing that the old score is returned in each case. We offer this service because we trust the durability of our printed scores, to eliminate unnecessary costs for choirs, and to provide a positive and practical alternative to illegal photocopying.

4. Will you publish my written music?
We are happy to receive manuscripts which conform to our general field of music. We will review each manuscript carefully, and will give honest and constructive feedback in every case by email (or by post on receipt of an SAE). We cannot return your manuscript unless you enclose an SAE in any case.

Please bear in mind that our standards are necessarily very high, and we reserve the right to reject your manuscript for any reason. However, that should not deter you from submitting your work!

 

Common Questions

Frequently asked questions about recording projects:

 Why make a recording?
 Is it possible to record on a      budget?
 How much planning does a      recording need?
 Can my CDs look like those
     in the shops?

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