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Music Recording Techniques

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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…]

Using Parametric EQ in Home Recording Mixing

The parametric EQ (equalization), is the go-to EQ when mixing because it allows you to adjust specific frequencies to get each of your tracks to sit nicely in the mix. To use the parametric EQ, click the [more…]

Using Low-Shelf/High-Shelf EQ in Home Recording Mixing

Low-shelf/high-shelf EQ (equalization) is good for enhancing or reducing high or low frequencies in your recording's mix, such as adding a sense of presence to cymbals [more…]

Using Low-Pass/High-Pass EQ in Your Home Recording Mixing

Here’s where you tell your plug-in which frequencies to avoid in the course of adjusting the EQ (equalization). So when you apply low- or high-pass EQ, you’re telling the mixer to pass on certain frequencies [more…]

Home Recording Mixing Frequency Decisions

When you start the process of mixing your home recording tracks you need to make decisions regarding which frequencies to boost and which ones to cut. Here’s a good trick to use when initially trying to [more…]

Mixing Vocals in Home Recording

For most popular music, the vocals are the most important instrument in the song. You need to hear them clearly, and they should contain the character of the singer’s voice and style. One of the most common [more…]

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