We are pleased to announce the release of the Ani Judaism Audio Siddur: Volume 1. This work has been a huge priority the past 7 months. The prayers are read by Christopher Fredrickson and soon to be Rabbi Phillip Reyes. Each guitar part was recorded by Christopher Fredrickson using a Gibson 335 Copy as well as an acoustic simulation patch Christopher created in his Zoom G11 Multi-Effects Unit. For those who may own a Zoom G11 you can download the patch Christopher made by clicking HERE
Considering there are 35 tracks, it would be a whole mess uploading each file individually and could cause the site to crash for people with older devices. So We have uploaded a .zip file with all the tracks. Download the .zip file and unzip it on your computer and you can send it to your phones or tablets or mp3 players. In a few days from the date of this upload it will also be available on your favorite streaming service as well. Check there in a few days if you are visiting this page the week in which it was uploaded (7/25/22).
Several months ago I came up with the idea for the Audio Siddur Project. The idea came from helping children with autism and other learning disabilities to learn their hafTarah for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The most effective way I have found is with a musical background, putting their haftarah over music and exporting an mp3. Every time this was done the child learned their haftarah perfectly.
Many who visit an Ani Jewish synagogue do not attend prayer services because they don't know Hebrew. We try and teach Hebrew at all our congregations but at times many are intimidated. So what I decided to do is to record a backing track on the guitar with the prayers read slowly and then a translation of the prayer recited afterwards so the individual can know what they are praying. The Ani Judaism Audio Siddur will be a multi-volume set, hundreds of prayers will be included, ranging from the prayers in the Siddur to prayers in every day life used when doing certain tasks. The idea is to make them easy to learn as well as giving the listener confidence in learning the prayers through repetition on there phones and mp3 players. Here is an audio sampler of the Siddur project, which the first volume will be released ink September of 2022.
What was used in the recording?
- A Gibson 335 Copy
- Zoom G11 Acoustic Patch into the Zoom G11
- A Shure SM7B Vocal Mic
- Zoom Livetrak L-8 Audio Interface and Mixer
- A Focusrite Scarlett Solo Audio Interface for Headphones
- Adobe Audition