I know there are just a handful of people that ever do them, but I used to get to do probably 4 or 5 a year. Now we're coming up on the 1 year anniversary of the last one I did, which was back in March of 2008. I'm starting to wonder if it was not only the last one I did but if it was the last one I'll get to do
. The market has changed so much in the past year (two, five, ten). Will there be a time when having all the musicians on the floor playing live will come back around? By then, will there be studios left that can accommodate groups that large?
I feel incredibly blessed to have worked with as many large orchestra recordings as I have. Sessions at Oceanway, Masterfonics Tracking Room, Sound Kitchen, Benson. It's really the pinnacle of my career and I enjoy it immensely. I just hope those days aren't gone for good.
Here's a copy of the recording I did in March '08. Sound Kitchen, Big Boy. 49 players, Nashville's finest, all live at the same time. About two hours tracking from start to finish. Mixed the same day. So 7 hours from a pile of charts to a finished mix that was uploaded for the client in Australia to use the very next day.