Fantastic Scholastic 10: The Tracking Phase
The ten U.S. and Canadian college teams participating in the tenth annual Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition are done planning. Now, they’re all about tracking…and discovering whether their plans for mic selection, mic positioning, instrumentation, and everything else are panning out as expected. Check out the video diaries of their tracking phase experience for a taste of what they’re up to, and what a challenge it can be to sit in the recording engineer’s chair (in case you forgot!). It’s February, and I’m in Chiberia, so my favorite moments in this batch of videos are the lighthearted ones, like the occasional group head-bop behind the board. Like the fleeting moments of laughter through bloopers that make the long haul seem a little less long. Like the dance party of one. Like the stairwell jam. And like hearing one track by itself, in all its vulnerability, then mixed with the rest of the arrangement…magic.