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Every sound expedition includes a number of recording sessions covering techniques from close-miked multitrack to distant-miked direct-to-stereo. Some expeditions also include a 24 Hour Album Project. Sessions take place in studios, monasteries, temples, huts and even outdoors. Before each recording, sound expedition leader Greg Simmons will explain his microphone choice and placement and the outcomes he hopes to achieve. Contributions from sound expedition participants are always welcomed, and experimentation is encouraged. A review is held after each session to discuss how closely the recording came to meeting the intended outcomes, and how the techniques could have been improved.
“The educational value of these sessions cannot be stated strongly enough”, says Greg. “Each session challenges the participants with new instruments, tonalities and aesthetics, so the rote-memorised ‘industry standard’ miking techniques used for Western music are of little use. New thinking is required and demonstrated, significantly broadening the skills of the participants. Considering the ever-increasing number of graduates from audio schools and the scarcity of jobs, anything that provides a competitive edge over other graduates - such as the experiences offered on my sound expeditions - is definitely worth pursuing.”