Hallelujas CD

  • Quentin Harley
Posted: Mon, 03/10/2008 - 09:18
I recently completed a project for the Cantamus Corde Choir in Pretoria, South Africa. It is my first project "Glass mastered" and pressed (opposed to mass burning). The whole project was done in 64studio using GPL'ed software from recording to the final master. The only Microsoft product in my studio is a mouse (I say, let them stick to what they do best... hardware!) The recordings were done in three sessions of 3 hours, in a small Catholic chapel in Pretoria, and spliced together, mixed and mastered in ardour using all the tools available in 64studio 2.1(pre 7 to 11), including the Ladspa plug ins, Jamin, GnomeCDmaster, etc. I used four of my home made omnidirectional mics to do the recording, into a Behringer DDX3216 digi mixer, out via an ADAT port into a RME Hammerfall digi9632. I record 24bit, 44100, all channels raw, to give me the opportunity to work with the material "as it was" when I start to cut and mix. I use the DDX3216 as a control surface for ardour, making my work flow quite fluent at the moment, especially while doing the mastering in Jamin, and still controlling Ardour via the desk. Because this was a commercial project, I can only post a snippet of the recording here: As Vrede my Pad For more info about the recording or the choir, see my web page: www.harleystudio.co.za Cheers, Quentin


  • cmay
  • 10/15/09
  • Wed, 12/30/2009 - 00:07
No quentin , You do not deserve to remove spammers all the time. I seen a couple of them just by browsing the forums. I wish that the forums could implement some spam control . By the way. I usually use many links to something in context of questions. I do not hope that some of these could be mistaken for being spam. like a link to a site where I found something free and opensouce I wish to share or an add for something I would like to hear if others know about in case I own the devise or want to invest in it. Hope your getting good luck on future projects and thanks for the time spend here. :)

Not any more...

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Mon, 12/28/2009 - 18:22
I removed the hidden link in the message. I have to remove lots of massages, and deactivate lots of accounts daily, but I decided to give her (or him) another chance. (Normally I just remove the entire post and account) It seems my task is now limited to removing spam. You think I deserve it?

sounds good

  • cmay
  • 10/15/09
  • Mon, 12/28/2009 - 18:19
judging from the headphones listing to it on the laptop it sounds good. I enjoyed the clip . thanks.

Oh Dear Quentin. I don't

  • shakky
  • 03/15/09
  • Sun, 12/27/2009 - 21:19
Oh Dear Quentin. I don't think Debora deserved that


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sun, 12/27/2009 - 06:54
Hi Debora, or is it Yuri? The CD has a target market of church going people, since it is a compilation of old hymns. Every single one of them has a bible. Furthermore we have a quite strict spam policy around here. Please do not hide links in your messages. Next time, I'll have to deactivate your account. Regards, Quentin

I think that on every CD

  • Debora Brod (not verified)
  • Sat, 12/26/2009 - 22:44
I think that on every CD compilation with christian music should be given a free bible scripture to the people taking the CD's. It not only music that counts but reading the Bible as well. Very nice intention.


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Thu, 04/23/2009 - 05:36
The Cantamus Corde choir has just completed a piece of a project with the same arranger. In contrast with the Hallelujas project, this is a collection of the hymns that were accepted by the church of the time as acceptable, but was replaced by most of the South African churches after a while for being too old and not in the language of the time. It is still sung in some conservative churches though. Niel has done a great job to bring forward the haunting beauty of the hymns by the incredible arrangements, as the hymns are sung in unison. I am unfortunately not involved in the recording or production of this project because of the origin of the project. Next project: Three Centuries of English choral music.

This is Nice Contribution to Society

  • JohanBB15
  • 04/23/09
  • Thu, 04/23/2009 - 04:26
I wish i was half as productive as you, Quentin. What a way to give back to those who need it most. Are you planning to do something similar this year? Johan B Bohames

really beautiful

  • rightThere
  • 08/04/08
  • Mon, 08/04/2008 - 20:41
(A Google search on "Hallelujas CD" gave me the Harley Studio web site with very interesting stuff.) Congratulations for the beautiful recording and post production! ( Looking for the name of the author of "As Vrede my Pad". )


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Mon, 08/04/2008 - 21:25
The arrangements of the choral works was done by Niel van der Watt. He is a local composer, mostly for choirs and smaller instrumental ensembles. The music itself has been written quite a long time ago, and was used afterwards in a (controversial) book of hymns. It was very popular, because of the catchy tunes, but was shunned by the church fathers in South-Africa for that same reason... The collection is now part of South-African cultural heritage, and the album was made to remind people of the songs that almost disappeared. For more info on the album, contact the choir: email - cantamus at mweb.co.za


  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Mon, 08/04/2008 - 07:45
start to the week Quentin, Keep up the good work. Thanks, dave


  • initself
  • 08/03/08
  • Sun, 08/03/2008 - 19:12
that sounds really really really good!

Sounds good! My

  • alidh
  • 11/29/07
  • Mon, 03/10/2008 - 10:16
Sounds good! My compliments... As vrede my pad mmmhh