Virtual Guitar Orchestra

Second edition - Scient, Safe and Sane by Sergio Assad

 

Be part of something extraordinary! Join the cause and play in the video alongside your guitar heroes.

#virtualguitarorchestra

Four easy steps

1. Download the score and MIDI clicktrack 2. Record your selected voice  3. Upload your part to YouTube 4. Send us the link to your performance

 

1. Download Score

Scient, Safe and Sane is a piece especially written for this project by Sérgio Assad.
Please download the score/clicktrack below and scroll down for further instructions on how to be part of this initiative.

About the composer

Sérgio Assad is one of the most prolific and recognized living composers for the guitar and part of the celebrated Assad Duo with his younger brother Odair.
assadbrothers.com

2. Record Your Video

Please use whatever equipment you have at home. However, we kindly ask you to follow our guidelines and recommendations (e.g. not using your smartphone's built-in microphone to record the sound) to ensure higher quality standards of the final video.

Firstly connect headphones to your smartphone. Place the smartphone on stable surface and point the camera at you. Place the portable recorder at an optimal position (40cm away from the guitar pointing at the 12th fret), start both audio and video recording, play back the clicktrack audio file you've downloaded to your phone and start playing. Better yet, if you have the option, use a separate device for audio playback as it will make the recording process much easier.

Once you've recorded several takes, please import all footage and audio files from the portable recorder into the video making app, select the best take, synchronize audio&video and export your performance.

Important:

  • We all tune our guitars to 440 Hz (A)
  • Editing is allowed and encouraged if you can do it, otherwise send us your best take. You may even first record the audio and video later as a playback performance if you wish. Please synchronize the audio and video before uploading to YouTube.
  • Please don't use any effects such as reverb or compression on your audio.
  • The clicktrack should not be audible on your video, this is why headphones are required
  • The video should clearly show your face and the instrument and we prefer eye level shots rather than low camera angles. We recommend shooting video while there is plenty of natural light. Don't use window as a backlight, position yourself so that the window is in front of you or at a max. 45 degree angle. Use any background you like.

Read more detailed instructions and watch videos on our guidelines and recommendations page.

This option is more for people who have recorded home videos in the past. You'll want to first place the microphones on the microphone stand(s), connect the mics to the audio interface via two XLR cables and the interface to the computer via the included USB cable.

Import the clicktrack into your D.A.W. of choice (I recommend Reaper) and record your performance while playing back the clicktrack. Audio editing is allowed, but video needs to be one-take and one-angle only.

Synchronize audio&video in Reaper or any video editing software (recommended: Final Cut Pro X, Davinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere) and export your final video.

Important:

  • We all tune our guitars to 440 Hz (A)
  • Editing is allowed and encouraged if you can do it, otherwise send us your best take. You may even first record the audio and video later as a playback performance if you wish. Please synchronize the audio and video before uploading to YouTube.
  • Please don't use any effects such as reverb or compression on your audio.
  • The clicktrack should not be audible on your video, this is why headphones are required
  • The video should clearly show your face and the instrument and we prefer eye level shots rather than low camera angles. We recommend shooting video while there is plenty of natural light. Don't use window as a backlight, position yourself so that the window is in front of you or at a max. 45 degree angle. Use any background you like.

For more detailed instruction on the recording/editing process, microphone positioning etc. please refer to our guidelines and recommendations page.

3. Upload Your Video

Please upload your video to your YouTube channel and set it to public or unlisted, whichever option you prefer.

Name your video [Voice name] - [Your name] - Scient, Safe and Sane - Virtual Guitar Orchestra Entry * and add the hashtag #virtualguitarorchestra to the beginning of the video description.

*Example: Santos Hernandez - Mak Grgic - Scient, Safe and Sane - Virtual Guitar Orchestra

4. Send The Link

We are out of spots for 2nd Edition Virtual Guitar Orchestra, sorry!

If you have already recorded and uploaded your submission but didn't get the chance to apply on the website, please send us an email with your info and video address, we're making a reserve list in case there is a problem with any applications.