Welcome to Recording on Location by Musical Horizon, LLC!

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Musical Horizon, LLC is an on location recording studio that specializes in the art of classical music recording.  Our mobile recording and editing service has brought our studio to locations throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Max Sverdlove, a classically trained violinist, founded Musical Horizon® Mobile Recording and Editing in 2005, upon graduation from Penn State’s School of Music.  Through personal experiences, Max gained the realization that a recording company that caters to the needs of the classical musician is a rarity.  In fact, most studios he contacted in order to create his own recordings necessary for college auditions four years earlier, were reluctant to guarantee the quality of the recording because he was a classical musician.

The truth is: most recording engineers have no clue how to record classical musicians!

Although Musical Horizon, LLC no longer solely records classical musicians and has expanded to other genres of music including jazz, bluegrass, traditional, and other acoustic settings, classical music remains the mobile recording studio’s primary service.  Recording a classical musician requires the recording engineer to think from a completely different perspective.  For example, when recording a live performance, you do not record the musician directly.  You should be concentrating on recording the location of the recording.  Classical musicians generally perform in open spaces.  Simply, placing a microphone on top of them does not capture the natural sound of the performance.  This concept applies not only to concert halls, but to all recording venues including typical recording locations such as churches and schools, to more uncommon locations such as personal living rooms and showrooms.  Successful classical recordings can be made in all of these places.

Even the post-production process of editing classical music is different.  Modern recording engineers are trained to do their editing using multi-track sequencing software.  However, although these techniques do come in handy at times, classical music editing requires the finesse of working directly with the audio itself.  The old fashion method – akin to cutting the audio tape with a razor blade and pasting a new section in with a  piece of scotch tape – still results in the most natural sounding splices.  Today, these edits are performed digitally and with much higher precision.  But, performing these edits requires patience and experience.

The purpose of this blog will be to educate classical musicians on how to choose a recording engineer that is appropriate for their needs.  Recording on Location will predominantly include articles written by our internal staff, and professional copywriters, but I strongly encourage our readers to submit articles to be posted.  You can rest assured that Max Sverdlove, our President and Lead Engineer, will always make sure to review all content before it is posted so that you will not be lead astray.  Also, please leave comments and questions, subscribe to our feeds, and pass this resource on to your friends and colleagues.  Musical Horizon® engineers will be pleased to help you make informed choices so that you can compete in today’s competitive music industry.

Please feel free to browse our website, email us: recording@musicalhorizon.com, or call to speak with us:  973-287-4029.

– Max Sverdlove
Musical Horizon, LLC
President/Lead Engineer

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