Frequently asked Questions

How do I best record and film myself for a project?

First of all it would be best to record audio and video seperately, so that the initiator of the project can first mix the audio and than edit the video to it. Ideally you would record audio using a recording software, (for example logic audio, cubase, audacity or similiar) with a good microphone and an audio interface in a room with little reverb. There are also very good harddisc recording devices available, such as ZOOM H2, H4 or similiar. If you don’t have access to some or any of this, you can use your smartphone. There are apps for audio recording that will be helpful for that. Also an external microphone will do a much better job than the internal ones. If possible export your audio as a wav or aiff file. Mp3 will also work but the sound quality is much better with uncompressed formats like the above mentioned.

When you are done with the audio you can film yourself playing along with the conducting video or with the audio that you have recorded. If you have a camcoder, videocamera or fotocamera with video functionaltiy, use one of those. But here also a smartphone will work. Record your video in HD or better. You might want to get in touch with the initiator of the project to clarify what camera angels, picture frames and backgrounds would work best.

Do I need professional recording gear in order to participate?

No, the least requirement is a smartphone with an audio recording app. If you can attach an external microphone directly or via an audio interface, that would be great. If you do this in a room with little reverb, perfect. If you can record your sound externally, for example with a hard disc recorder or recording software and a good microphone, even better. If you own a video camera don’t hesitate to use it, 4k is very welcome. If you record audio and video on separate devices but at the same time, please clap once after you have started the devices, that makes it easier for the initiator to synchronize the audio and video.

What happens with the copyright of my work and my composition?

All the rights stay with its creators, My Virtual Ensemble (MVE) does NOT claim any rights whatsoever. It would be nice, though, if the work could be made public on the MVE’s YouTube channel. MVE will NOT monetize the published Videos.

Can I publish the Video that contains my contribution on my own YouTube Channel?

Yes, that is part of the agreement. You must credit all the other participants, though, and if it has not been claimed as a commercial project, you may NOT monetize the recordings/footage.

I am not a professional musician, can I still participate?

This is not an amateur group, all participants apply a high standard to their work. If you consider yourself to be a high-level performer, even if you are not professional, or if you want to contribute something special, please contact me and we work it out.

Can I realise projects that include music of the well-known classical repertoire?

One of the main purposes of My Virtual Ensemble is to create new music, music from this generation that expresses how the world feels today. That doesn’t mean it has to be atonal or in the style of what is labelled contemporary classical music. However, I would not want to support the 334th interpretation of “L’après-midi d’une faune”, even though I personally believe it is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed. Composers can, however, take their inspiration from well-known works, create their own works based on known themes or do mashups combining the classical repertoire with something unexpected and new.

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