Choir Members

First, ask you choir director for a choir code. If he/she does not have the app, please send them to www.virtualchoirrecorder.com to download it.

 

Once you have a choir code, you can then record anything the director sends you!

Headphones

Try not to use ear buds if you can possibly help it. Enclosed over the ear headphones will stop the backing track "spilling" onto the recording. We only want your wonderful voices, not the backing track. If there is no choice on headphones, then don't hold the phone/tablet close to your face. If you can, put it down on a table and sing out! Try to sing as if you were performing a concert. It's tempting to almost whisper into the phone. Try to resist this. Our aim here is to keep your phone mic as far away from your headphones as possible.Finally, listen back to your recording to check whether it is just your voice or if there is a lot of the original track on there. If you hear a problem, try different headphones if you can.

Choir Code

This can only be provided by your choir director. If you don't have one, ask your choir leader/director to download the app and make one for you so that you can join thousands of others in making great recordings. In the meantime, you can use the choir code demochoir to give you a hint over what the app can do.

 

Enjoy Your singing!

You choose the tracks to sing on the NEW RECORDING page.

 

Always save your recording, then upload afterwards.

 

Your choir director wants the best recording you can provide so here are some tips.

 

Virtual Choir Recorder for Directors:

First choose a choir code (we suggest something simple but more than 5 letters).
Then upload a track (even if it's just a test track). After that, you can share the choir code with your choir.
IMPORTANT: YOU CAN NOW UPLOAD TRACKS AND DOWNLOAD RECORDINGS from planetchoir.com

It's a LOT easier than using the app interface. We suggest you use this rather than the app upload function.
When you are ready....Your choir need a backing track that is best suited to help them a) stay in time and b) sing the right notes. The (musical) quality of the backing track is not what’s important for now; what is important is that it helps your choir sing what you want them to sing. Do NOT use 'special' characters like *-"' etc when you name your song. Letters and numbers only. eg Song Title SOP.
Here are my tips for achieving the best recording:

1) If possible, have a metronome tick, or at least a strong rhythm on your track.
2) If possible, put a voice on the track too. This one is especially useful as it will keep them in tune as well as help them keep to the correct note lengths.
3) If you can, provide different versions of the track with all parts sung (eg SOP track, ALTO track, TENOR track).
4) If your tracks can’t be sung, then perhaps there could be an instrument playing them? What if the track is A Capella? Then you STILL need to provide them with a backing track. Remember, the app only records their voices so the track need never be heard.
 
Above all else though, the most important of these tips is the rhythm. They MUST be able to easily sing along with the track and stay in time. If they do not stay in time, it will be almost impossible to mix them together when they have completed their tracks.

 

DO give you choir members a link to the app (you can just link to our website) and give them the choir code that you have chosen. Upload at least one track before you do this so that they can be sure it is working. Once they enter your choir code, they will be able to record the tracks you have uploaded.
 
If you are unable to mix the track yourself, then please see our website for mixing services that we can provide. But remember, we can only mix it if you have followed the guidelines to keep your choir singing in time.

I hope this helps and I look forward to hearing your mixes and your choirs! There is an astonishing variety of choirs and hearing all the different kinds of music you record will be a truly wonderful experience.