Recording Music

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Submixing in Home Recording

Submixing is essential if you have a recorder with fewer tracks than you have instruments. The advantage of creating submixes is that you can get by with fewer tracks. The disadvantage is that you can’t [more…]

Keeping Track of Your Recording Tracks

One of the great things about digital recording systems is the number of tracks that are often available. Computer-based systems, for example, often have unlimited numbers of tracks [more…]

Synchronizing Multiple Synthesizers

To create any kind of music with MIDI, you need to synchronize your synthesizers to one another. The first thing you have to do is decide which device is going to send MIDI commands [more…]

Synchronizing a Computer Sequencer and a Synthesizer

To create any kind of music with MIDI, you need to synchronize your devices to one another. If you’re using a computer or sequencer and want to synchronize it to a sound module or synthesizer, you need [more…]

Synchronizing a Sequencer and an Audio Recorder

If your system does the sequencing inside the computer and your audio tracks are recorded on either a stand-alone recorder or an SIAB (studio-in-a-box) system, like the Tascam 2488, you need to synchronize [more…]

MIDI Time Code and MIDI Clock Explained

When you try to synchronize two devices using MIDI timing messages, you’re met with several choices. One is between MIDI Time Code (MTC) and MIDI Clock. The other is frame rates and tempo map or synch [more…]

Sequencing in Home Recording

Sequencing is the heart of most home recordists’ MIDI studios because sequencing allows you to actually record your instrument’s part and play it back. If you’re like most people, the sequencing part of [more…]

Recording MIDI Data

Recording MIDI tracks are similar to the process you undertake with audio. The main difference is that MIDI tracks contain performance data instead of sound. This offers the advantage of being able to [more…]

Overdubbing in MIDI Home Recording

After you record some MIDI performances, you can easily add to or change them. The time-honored name for this kind of recording is overdubbing. Overdubbing MIDI performance data is similar to overdubbing [more…]

Editing Your MIDI Data

The editing capabilities for MIDI recording tracks are quite extensive. Not only can you perform the typical cut, copy, and paste functions, but you can also quantize [more…]

Quantization of Your Home Recording MIDI Data

Quantization is simply allowing the sequencer to fix your rhythmic timing. Say you recorded a drum pattern, and because you played it on your keyboard, the timing kinda stinks. The bass drum missed the [more…]

Saving Your MIDI Data

For the most part, saving MIDI data in your sequencer program is like saving data in any computer program. Yep, you need to click the Save button (or press cmd+S if you have a Mac). Don’t forget to save [more…]

Digital Music Editing Overview

In the old days of analog tape, you needed to break out the razor blade and adhesive tape to do audio editing. Cutting out a performance was exactly that — physically cutting the performance from the tape [more…]

Copy/Cut/Delete/Erase in Digital Music Editing

Using digital hard-drive recording edit functions you can cut, copy, delete, erase your recorded music tracks. And the best part is that you can do any of these procedures and still change your mind when [more…]

The Insert Function in Digital Music Editing

The Insert function is common among stand-alone and SIAB systems. It allows you to place a selected piece of music in a track (or multiple tracks) and moves the music that exists after the insert point [more…]

Move Function in Digital Music Editing

Nearly all digital recording systems have a Move function. In most cases, you can just choose the audio section that you want to move and choose a destination for it. If you don’t have a Move function [more…]

Getting Rid of Distortion in Home Recordings

Even if you are extremely diligent in making sure that you didn’t get any distortion or digital clipping in your recording, one note may have snuck through anyway. Well, it may not be the end of the world [more…]

Correcting Pitch Problems in Home Recordings

It used to be that if you sang or played an out-of-tune note, you had to record it over again. If your singing is mediocre, you could spend hours trying to get every note just right. And after all these [more…]

Creating Musical Loops

Loops are repeated phrases within a song. Looping has been around since the beginning of multitrack recording. You used to have to make an actual loop of tape containing the music that you wanted to repeat [more…]

Making Composites of Your Home Recording Tracks

Composites are a synthesis of the musical tracks you have recorded. If you used your digital system to record several versions or takes of a part onto different tracks [more…]

Editing Performance Length and Reversing in Music Editing

Aside from being able to fix problems in your tracks, you can use editing to shorten, simplify or reverse your other work. The following covers a couple of ways that the editing capabilities of your digital [more…]

Understanding Mixing in Home Recording

Think about all the time it took you to record all the tracks for your song. You spent countless hours setting up mics; getting good, “hot” (high, but not distorting) levels on your instruments; and making [more…]

Getting Started Mixing Your Song

Before starting to mix a song, do a few things to prepare for the process. Your goal for before starting to mix is to get in the headspace of mixing. This often means taking a step back from the song and [more…]

Use of Equalization in Home Recording Mixing

The most useful tool that you have for mixing is equalization (EQ). Equalizers allow you to adjust the various frequencies of your instruments so that you have enough room for each of them in your stereo [more…]

Equalizing Your Home Recording Tracks

Only so many frequencies are available for all the instruments in a mix, and if more than one instrument occupies a particular frequency range, they can get in each other’s way and make the mix sound muddy [more…]

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