38. Caroling Carolan

A christmas carol for you. Have a good one!

Carolan Guitar

It’s Carolan’s first Christmas and so the perfect time to regale you with a carol, in this case Gustav Holst’s beautiful tune for ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’.

Recording this provided us with a good opportunity to begin to explore how best to capture Carolan’s voice. It seemed best to try this out at home first before venturing into a professional set-up, so Steve heads upstairs to his man-cave for a long Sunday afternoon of messing about with mics and things as well as grumpily shouting at anyone who dares to make a noise nearby (including neighbours, wildlife and passing vehicles, although at least one of these manages to sneak onto the recordings anyway). Adrian then takes on the task on mixing and mastering in his own cave.

Here’s a second recording, this time of O’Carolan’s Concerto (also known as Mrs Power), one of Turlough O’Carolan’s better known pieces.

And now a warning. The rest of this post describes how Steve and Adrian set about recording the…

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