1. Although the pre-selection jury will make their decision based on your performance and not on the technical quality of your recording, the organ due to its large dynamic and frequency ranges benefits from high technical standards of recording. it is recommended that you use the best equipment available to you, and that your recordings are of “CD Quality”, and supplied as native WAV files or encoded as FLAC or ALAC (Apple Lossless). You are strongly advised not to use MP3, which can mask the finer points of your performance.
2. Do not use automatic level controls as they affect the dynamic range. Ensure that in the loudest passage of your program that there is no peak level distortion.
3. Avoid using too many microphones. It should be possible to obtain a good recording with just one stereo microphone
4. Listen to how the organ sounds in the building. Walk around until you find a place where it sounds best, and try placing the microphone(S) there. Take particular care that the different divisions are in similar aural perspective, e.g.that a “ruckpositiv” does not sound too close in relation to other divisions.
5. Make a test recording and check that there is enough natural reverberation to blend sounds, but not so much clarity is lost.