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Fantastic Scholastic 10: The Post-production Phase

March, 17 2014 |
The tracks are in. The judges are judging. And in this final series of Fantastic Scholastic 10 video diaries, the team members reveal a little of the secret sauce they used to create the best recordings they could using only Shure microphones.

(I knew I wasn't hallucinating the paper clips on the piano wires in one of Berklee's earlier videos. Turns out they were trying to simulate the sound of a certain South Asian instrument...)

As you'll hear in the videos, the teams' strategies ran the gamut from natural sound capture to an effectsapalooza, with a healthy helping of stairwell reverb in multiple tracks. They discovered new mics for familiar applications, and it's fun to hear them explain which ones they liked for which applications and why, as well as what surprised them.

By the end of the competition, you can hear the tired in the students' voices, but there's a lot of pride and excitement in there too. Says one of the University of Lethbridge guys...
"Even if we don't win, we're gonna win in our hearts."

You go, Canada. You GO.

View the previous video diaries:

Fantastic Scholastic 10: The Planning Phase
Fantastic Scholastic 10: The Tracking Phase

Allison Wolcott
Allison Wolcott started singing at Shure and now sings wherever she can. She wishes she were Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, and Johnny Cash all rolled up in a voice box. Her favorite mic is the BETA®87A.