Last, but not least, make sure you have the highest quality possible for
your musical recording. I have seen so many great teams work weeks and weeks
in preparing for a contest or special performance routine only to fall short
because of a poor musical recording. Keep in mind the amount of money you
spend on costumes and preparation for choreography and be willing to put the
same forethought into your music. There are many resources to use to obtain
a good recording: your choir or band department at school, local radio stations, or high tech music enthusiast (brother or father). Make sure you
have edited your music properly to fade or end at the right point and spend
the extra few dollars on high music quality tape instead of what is on sale.
Your music is all important to the success of your performance. When you
have made sure that you have selected the right piece of music, you have experimented to find the right tempo and your recording is of the best
quality, present your music with plenty of volume, on good sound equipment
and you will have the best results possible...Break a leg!
for Quality Recordings
It is always baffling to me to see such an outstanding team routine performed to a poor quality piece of music. Many teams will spend thousands
of dollars on costumes and less than $2 on a music tape. To help you prepare
the best quality sound tapes for your performance routines, we have compiled
the following suggestions:
+ Avoid using a battery powered recorder as it can affect the tempo.
+ Clean recorder heads with a Q-tip and isopropyl alcohol; or a head cleaner
with a demagnetizer can be used. The head should be cleaned after every five
hours of playing or recording time.
+ If the tape drags and is tight, take a pencil and advance the tape forward
five to ten revolutions, then hold the tape in your hand and hit it firmly
against the palm of your other hand.
+ Try to record directly from a record or CD for the clearest quality recording. Remember, when taping from another tape, you lose a generation of
quality each time you copy the tape.
+ Utilize quality equipment that has the capacity to record internally. Patch cords tend to cause static and lessen the quality of the recording.