I specialize in cinematic, orchestral Horn solo, and section tracking for Film & Tv and have 10 years of experience in various types of performances and recordings with American orchestras, the U.S. Army & U.S. Air Force. I am a trained audio engineer and have access to the gear needed to allow me the flexibility to blend well with your project!
I will provide you with professional, high-quality, recordings of an experienced Horn player performing your work captured on industry-standard hardware. I have performed with artists in varying genres such as Indigo Girls, Lee Greenwood, Mac Powell & Wintley Phipps: in shows and musicals such as Cirque du Soleil, Oklahoma, Jurassic Park in Concert: and in orchestral and operatic works with the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, San Antonio Symphony, Richmond Symphony & Louisiana Philharmonic.
I have access to AKG c414 pairs, Neumann u87 pairs, Cascade Fathead Pairs among others (I prefer to record in mono with an AKG c414). I record with a Behringer interface into Reaper, ProTools, or Logic Pro X where I process with Slate plugins (I prefer Reaper). I can record in a dry "booth" setup, medium/large room, or (pending availability) a very large church sanctuary. (I prefer dry to allow for the most flexibility to match in post). I also have access to a variety of French Horn designs, some that have very distinctive sound profiles that can aid in blending with your project.
I guarantee clean recordings to allow for maximum flexibility in your project. I enjoy the process of collaborating with others to make music and look forward to working with you on your project!
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Interview with Claude Lumley
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: For the Air Force I created, recorded for, and recorded others, mixed and mastered a performance of Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. The video is posted on the Band of Middle America's Facebook page. I am very proud of the unified sound that was achieved all with close-mic setups, recorded separately.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I compose my own trailers for Film and TV, currently and into the future, I am recording cues for those tracks.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not at the moment
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: For digital content - Digital (with analog emulation) because its likely to be consumed by 90% or more of the audience digitally. For acoustic or concert works - Analog because the audience plans to consume it that way. I have performed concerts with digital sound is imposed over a live orchestra and it is never as effective as it would be in a cinematic setting.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to be flexible and create a product for you that is easy to work with.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love creating music with others, I develop an appreciation for different ideas and gain a perspective that enriches my own performances!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long will this take? When do you need it by?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That horns must be recorded live with an orchestra in a studio to get a professional result.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have a click track for your work? What will your ensemble ultimately be? Can you suggest tracks to listen to that sound similar to your work (so I can reference the French Horn sound desired)?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask any and all questions! I hope to be as transparent and helpful in this process as possible!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: French Horn, laptop, Behringer audio interface, akg c414 & Sony Headphones.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have performed with orchestras since 2008 and in 2013 was trained by the U.S. Army in live sound reinforcement and eventually digital audio production. I continued to perform and record while freelancing in Houston in 2017 and now perform with the U.S. Air Force. I continue to record both as a freelancer and professionally with the U.S. Air Force.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Detailed and calculated.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: John Williams because he is a master cinematic orchestrator.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Have a setup for timing and tuning. Click tracks address timing and a preferred scale, mode, and tuning system (equal or just) address tuning. These things can sort of be fixed in post but it will add a lot of time to the project.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Working with others and being flexible.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am flexible and can work with many requests while maintaining a rich, easy to mix, studio-quality sound requiring little processing.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Recieve click track and/or project file. Drop track into Reaper or open project file (I have ProTools, Reaper & Logic Pro.) Record a couple of rehearsal takes then record the first iteration of the final take.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a small room in my house that I have converted into a recording booth. I have a few mics to choose from but typically reach for my AKG c414 xlI. I mic the horn behind the bell and record through a Behringer umc202HD into Reaper. In Reaper, I process through Slate Digital plugins and export my audio from there. My recording rig separate from my mixing and mastering rig and is designed to be a mobile solution to allow me to record in bigger rooms if necessary. I have access to a medium-large, carpeted, and acoustically treated room, and a large church cathedral.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Richard Todd, James Thatcher, Allen Fogel
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Cinematic, Film & TV Horn cues