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Songfest 2021

Songfest 2021 *IS* happening in a modified virtual format. For more about Songfest 2021, see here.

Songfest 2021 is being produced amidst very unusual circumstances arising from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the information on this site may not be applicable to the Songfest 2021 production.

Songfest 2021 Let There Be Peace on Earth

Audio Recording Instructions

Overall Audio Workflow

Audio files are due on or before April 12. We are ready for your submissions!


  1. Load the reference video (bottom of page) on your "playback device" (typically a computer).
  2. Use another "recording device" (typically a smartphone) for recording your voice.
  3. Prepare the recording device.
    1. Select your recording app (see AUDIO RECORDING APPS/TOOLS below).
    2. Configure your recording settings (see notes on AUDIO QUALITY below).
  4. Find a quiet indoor location where you can record without interference
  5. Rehearse with the reference video until you are comfortable with the song, the lyrics, the timing at the end, and how you want to sing it.


  1. When recording, listen to the reference video ONLY through headphones (we need your voice recorded alone, without other sound).
  2. Start the reference video playback, and then start your audio recording.
  3. During the count-in to the song, there is a synchronization mark (an audible "beep", also called a "2-pop") right at the 2-second mark. Vocally give a short-and-high "boop" right at the 2-second mark. This helps us line up your recording with all the others.
  4. During recording, sing loud and proud while blending with the playback recording.
  5. After the song ends stop your recording.
  6. Repeat steps 7-10 until you have captured a recording you want to submit.


  1. Name the file of your audio recording as follows: "Peace - FirstName LastName" plus the file extension (usually ".m4a" but could also be ".wav", ".aif", etc.)
  2. We recommend transferring your recording to your computer before uploading.
  3. Submit your audio file! (Now available at bottom of page)


Audio Quality

Audio Recording Apps/Tools

Apple iOS Voice Memos (recommended)

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Voice Memos > Audio Quality. Select "Lossless" (as opposed to "Compressed").
  2. Open the Voice Memos app
  3. Hold the phone about 4-6 inches from your mouth
  4. Tap the red record button to beign recording a new file, tap it again to stop recording.
  5. To edit your filename(s), hold your finger on the name of the desired recording. The name will become editable, and you can use the keyboard to name it appropriately.
  6. You can transfer your chosen Voice Memo file(s) to your computer before uploading. This also makes renaming the file(s) very easy.

Android Samsung Voice Recorder (recommended)

  1. Open the Voice Recorder app
  2. In the app settings (when viewing the Saved List within the app, click the vertical dots icon and select Settings), select Recording quality. Go to Sample Rate (Quality), and select 44.1 kHz (CD)
  3. Tap the red button to start a new recording, tap it again to stop recording
  4. After you stop a recording, you can name the file appropriately and then tap Save.
  5. You can transfer your chosen voice recordings to your computer before uplaoding. This also makes renaming the file(s) very easy.

Other Recording Software/Hardware

  1. You may use other equipment and/or software to record
  2. Please record in a high-quality lossless format, with a sample rate of at least 44.1 kHz (48 KHz is the best option, if it's an avaialble choice).
  3. Please DO NOT include any effects or processing in your recording. Please DO send us your raw, unprocessed voice. No reverb, no EQ, no compression, etc.

Reference Video

Record yourself as you sing along to this reference video:


Ready to Upload?

Submit Your Audio Recording

After you've finished your recording and prepared your file, start the submission process here.