If you are a serious, touring and practicing musician who is investigating the services of labels, you are welcome to contact us and submit a sample or finished CD project. If you are in the planning stage of your next recording, we would like to present a few guidelines for you to incorporate in your plans.
Find an experienced engineer who has successfully recorded classical music. If you are editing together, ask him/her to save all of the edited, whole movement files in AIFF or WAV format. Have him save everything as separate tracks (assuming that you have more than piano or instrument solo) with no added enhancements. We will need all of this even if he masters the entire project. Beware of an engineer who puts microphones inside of the piano.
You will need professional photographs. You don't need to spend thousands of dollars; you might be able to find a budding student photographer at a local school who needs to build up a portfolio. We need a few standard shots of you smiling with your instrument, but also several with you in casual poses, with or without the instrument. Wear a solid color shirt (bring several to the shoot) - no big stripes, no Hawaiian prints. Take shots with your clothing matching the background, some with you contrasting with the background. Remove your watch and big jewelry. Your photographer should know to be careful of reflection in eyeglasses. We need head shots, waist up, full body standing, sitting, leaning against a wall, etc. Encourage your photographer to get creative. We occasionally see photos of musicians walking away from the camera.
If you have any questions about these guidelines, or would like further information about our services, you may contact us by email (you must type it in - there is no clickable connection):