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Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in a Mill Session?
Included in the one cost is:
1) a pre-production Skype or phone call
2) 6 hour session in either the Carole Nash Hall or The Stoller Hall in Manchester, UK
3) Production team, including photographer to document your session
4) Post-production – audio editing, video editing and colour grading ready for digital distribution
5) Up to three edit revisions per video
What does “up to 1 hour of music” in a Mill Session mean?
We have to limit the amount of music recorded per session to ensure post-production doesn’t go vastly over time covered by the set cost. From our experience recording classical musicians, we would recommend aiming to record up to 30 – 40 minutes of music per 3 hour session. This would allow you to focus on getting a really good take, rather than rushing through masses of music and worrying about whether you got the best take possible!
Are the recordings suitable for physical release (i.e. CD or DVD)?
Final materials will only be mastered for digital release. If you would like your recordings and/or videos put on a CD/DVD, there will be an additional fee of £100 for mastering and DVD authoring.
What is an edit revision? How many can I have?
With the Mill Sessions and Content Day package, we limit each video to have 3 revisions, which means you will be able to ask for edit changes on 3 separate occasions for each video. Any further edits you would like could incur further post-production fees.
Should I bring extra strings / amps / monitoring / additioanl equipment?
Yes! It probably seems obvious, but please bring everything you have, even if you think it’s highly unlikely you may need the item. It’s even worth brining any screw drivers (if you use them) just in case the microphones start picking up strange rattling noises on your instrument – it’s happened to us before!

If you require any amplification or foldback / in-ear monitoring please bring your own equipment. If you don’t have any appropriate monitoring equipment, but require it, please let us know and we can work out a solution.

Will microphones be in the video?
To a large extent we can avoid microphones in the shot, however sometimes people like to include them to give viewers the sense of it being a live recording. This can be a creative decision, so it’s worth thinking about what type of look you would like for your session
Can I just record audio in my Mill Session?
For Mill Sessions, we always record with both audio and video simultaneously and charge the full price for the package. Mill Sessions is designed for classical musicians who need visual content to help them gain more work. If you’re looking for a dedicated (audio) recording session, please use the general contact form and we can chat about your specific project
How early before the session should I arrive?
Please arrive 30 minutes before your session. You may arrive earlier, although there could be another session prior to yours, so we won’t be able to contact and meet you earlier than 30 minutes before your session begins.
How does copyright work?

Copyright law by default states that the creator of any digital media (e.g. an audio recording or video) has copyright over that piece of media, even if they are being commissioned or sub-contracted. For your final materials however, you will have world-wide distribution rights which is stated in our contract. For further information about copyright, please visit https://www.gov.uk/copyright.

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