How's every doing with his/her recording project?
Just some thouhgts on the final form that the product of the Piano World CD Project will take:
1. If every body submits what he/she declared (with some guesstimates for those TBD entries), it's likely that our compilation will have 250+ minutes (4+ hours) of music! (See Table
2. 250+ minutes of music will take up 4 discs if we use Audio CD format through out. That adds cost to the project -- not only because we have to press more CD's, but it also complicates the packaging and adds to shipping cost because of the added weight. So I am tempted to press MP3 CD's.
3. BUT, I think it'd be nice if we can also have an Audio CD that people can pop into their stereo/car CD players the minute they get their CD's -- instant gratification has its appeal after all. So I'm thinking perhaps we can extract the "favorite bits" from each submitter and put those in the Audio CD but keep the rest in a separate MP3/data CD. (E.g., If a submitter submits four short pieces, we'll let the submitter pick his favorate piece and put that in Audio CD. If a submitter submits a three movement sonata, the submitter will select his best movement/section for the Audio CD.) But nothing will be discarded -- the MP3 CD will contain EVERYTHING that's submitted. Pressing an MP3/data CD will also allow us to include graphical and textual information that submitters provide (e.g., photo of submitter/recording setup, description/photo of piano used, info about the pieces, lyrics if applicable, may be even the sheet music from folks who submit original compositions).
So I guess I'm suggesting a 2-disc set (with 1 Audio CD and 1 MP3/data CD) to balance cost and benefit. Or would you all be happy with a single MP3/data CD ?
(Just for reference -- a 1000 unit pressing of a 2-disc set, including a jewel case, a 4 panel insert, packaged and and shrinkwrapped would cost close to $2000, and that's before tax/shipping. It'd be about $1500 if we go with ONE CD before tax/shipping. Pressing fewer than 1000 copies is not very practical either because most CD pressing houses don't take a job that small, and most of the cost goes into the overhead anyway. I'd be happy to hear about lower cost alternatives.
Any thoughts? Comments?