Overdubbing – A Stage in Recording Process

Hey this is Rashed again from the ASO Team, and today I will be teaching you a few things about overdubbing while Ken Lewis is Vacation in Antigua. After the main tracks have been set down, adding instruments and vocal parts is done by using the process of overdubbing. At this phase, the tracks that are added by screening the tape tracks recorded earlier (generally with the help of headphones) while concurrently recording new, modified or doubled instruments and/or vocals on to one or several tracks of a recorder or digital audio workstation (DAW).

At the process of overdub (OD), per part is added into a current project until the soundtrack or song is completed. If the artist commits a mistake, there’s no need to worry! All that’s needed is to re-cue the DAW or have the tape rewind to the point where the instrument starts playing and repeat the process until you are able to capture the best possible output. If the take is almost perfect except for a short bad line or some flubbed notes, it’s possible to return and re-record that unwanted part onto the same or new track. This is the process called punching in. if the musician has put down his part correctly and the engineer has did some drop ins and outs of the record at certain correct timings that will remain unnoticed to any listener.

Side Note: This is only attended for Layered Recording Sessions. This is not for Live Recording.

In an OD session, the same process is done for selecting mics, placement, EQ and level as they happened during the sessions of recording (this is when you’ll appreciate a good documentation). If there’s only one instrument to be overdubbed, the issue of having tracks of other instruments leaking into the latest track won’t exist. But, there should still be extra care to make sure that headphones are not too noisy and they are properly placed on the head of the artist because excessive outflow from the headphone mix can happen. You can learn alot more about this in my Mixing Lessons.

If the recorder in used is analog, it should be put in master sync mode to make sure that the tracks recorded earlier will be in sync and play back from the record head. The mode for master sync is set either at the recorder or the autolocator remote control can be used. In general, the tape machine can switch automatically from monitoring the source (which are signals fed to the console or recorder) to tape/sync (which are signals from playback). If recording is done to a tape or DAW, the control room monitor mix should significantly feature the recorded instruments so that if there are mistakes they can be easily heard. Throughout the initial repair, the cue mix of headphone can be altered to suit the personal taste of the musician.

Once done with OD, the next step is mastering which is mainly done by a master engineer. The goal here is to make fine-tuning modifications that can make the overall recording achieve the following:

  • Proper level balancing from one track to the next,
  • Achieve a dynamic level for all songs.
  • Equalization and
  • Overall level.

This phase depends on the mastering engineer and it is his task is to ensure that the soundtracks are smooth in all levels.

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Learning from an Online Audio School

Online Audio SchoolNo matter what experience level or what instrument you play, working with audio recordings can be difficult. Luckily, there is no shortage of help online in figuring out the best ways to go about recording. Help can come in the form of tutorials, videos, online forums as well as a host of other options. If you find yourself in a pinch and need help with some form of audio recording help, look no further than SAE or another top online school. As far as an online audio school goes, they will be able to provide you the help you need to create the perfect recording for your band or just for your own solo act.

The great thing about online audio help is you have access to lots of different people who have gone through the same experiences as yourself in the past. You can learn from the experiences of people who have already learned the tricks and tips and will have the answers to get you to where you want to be.

No matter what style or type of music you are recording, there is someone out there that has the knowledge and ability to talk you through the steps to create the perfect recording that you are after. Even professional artists will have trouble in creating the sound that they want. That is the reason many will not actually do recordings themselves, but rather turn to a producer to help shape the sound of the record. With an online audio school such as SAE, you can find the help that you deserve and you need to push the boundaries of your recordings even further and achieve the desired results.

Many young bands are left recording in the basement or at home and produce records on their own. If this is where you have found yourself, you do not have to struggle through the process of trying to produce a record and learning the ins and outs of the recording process. Instead, turn to the help that can be provided through an online research.

There are so many different ways to get help in the recording industry that you should not have to struggle through it on your own. Even if you are an experienced producer, there will likely come a time when you do not see things as clearly as someone else might. Luckily, there is always an answer to the question you have waiting for you through an online audio school.

Starting a Home Recording Studio

Home RecordingIf you are in a band or even just a solo musician that is looking to put out a record, you will likely have run into the trouble of trying to find a studio that you can work with. While most cities will have music studios that allow bands to record their music, it can often be very expensive and hard to get a good amount of time in to produce the record that you are looking for.

Luckily, there is always the option of trying to work out a home recording studio. Many bands are turning to this method as it can be cheaper as gives you the luxury of being able to record your music anytime you want.

While it might be true that the start-up costs can be high to create a home studio, if you are serious about the music there is no better option. Learning to actually produce what your band records can be challenging, however there is a wealth of knowledge online and playing around with the recordings can also be quite enjoyable.

It also really depends on the level of quality that you expect from the recordings. Home recordings might consist of single microphone in which a band is playing into, or might consist of something that is similar to what is found in a professional recording studio. Just keep in mind that they sky is the limit when it comes to purchasing tools and that you most likely do not need to buy the nicest gear. Many bands have experienced success with recording at home or in the garage with just the simplest of gear. Having a little bit of creativity is sometimes the key to making a do it yourself record from the comforts of your home. When in doubt, you can also consider taking a look online and seeing examples of what other people have done to build a home recording studio.

At the end of the day, it is entirely up to you and your band to decide what is best for you. Recording at home gives you the flexibility to do what you want, when you want. For that reason, it can be a great choice for many bands. However, it also means that you may not have access to all of the high quality professional gear that will be found in a recording studio. No matter what you decide to do, just ensure that the end result will leave you and your band satisfied.

Learn How to Make Dubstep

Mixing DubstepDubstep is fast becoming a very popular genre to listen to as well as to produce. A lot of people who are producing electronic music are wanting to know how they can learn to make dubstep. It’s pretty easy to do if you follow a few simple steps. You can make a good dubstep track if you follow these steps.

First, you want to make a basic beat. A lot of people make the beat first and then go from there. The tempo for dubstep is one hundred and forty beats per minute. So, the first thing you should do when you load up your music authoring program is to set the tempo to one hundred and forty per minute.

You should then pay attention to the sounds that the drums make, so that you will know what to look for when you are searching for samples. You will only want to have one snare for each measure in a dubstep tune.

The next thing you will want to do is go on the internet and look for some samples. There are some samples that are available for free and others that you will have to pay for. Get yourself a good, decent sized library of samples to choose from. Load up the samples into your music authoring program. You will want to have a good snare in there. You can even layer several sounds together to make the effect more unique. You can also use other samples that are close to sound effects you use here and there. Experiment with the samples until you get the sound that you want.

Now, that you have done all this, you should set up the bass line for the track. The bass lines and wobble bass in dubstep are very unique, and can be created in various ways with different music authoring programs. You can try to make this wobble bass or bass line yourself. There are some great tutorials on the internet on how to do this, but it can take a lot of time to master. You can also find patches of these bass lines and wobble bass lines online that you can use in your track. There’s no shame in doing this, because a lot of producers, even professional ones, use these all the time.

You should then make a couple of copies of each of the wobble basses that you have, so that you will have a good, clean sound at the end of the making of the track. Separate the two wobbles so that they don’t sound muddled ad distorted in the track. You can do this by copying the track, then using an oscillator on it with a sine wave. Then you would use a high pass filter on the high. Use a low pass filter on the low end. Now you have a better idea on how you can learn to make dubstep.

How to Mix Trap Beats

Mixing Trap BeatsTrap music has become a very popular genre these days in the electronic music genre. There are a variety of ways for mixing trap beats, but there are some basic rules that you should follow when you are mixing trap music. The tempo has a tendency to be pretty slow. You will want it to be around seventy-five beats per minute. In the sub-rhythms, you will find that there’s seems to be something like double the time. It gets even faster at some points, especially when the snare kicks in or the high hat rolls out. The rhythm will also be different in various parts of the tracks as well.

There are a variety of layers in the synths with trap music. Each layer makes the track very heavy and very unique. You will want to create a very nice drum track for the trap track. There are a lot of drums in trap music, and these are the absolute focus of the whole track. You will then want to have the kicks be very specific. The snares need to be really, really poignant.

In mixing trap music, you need the bass to be a very important part of the tune. The bass will be the kick. There a variety of different elements in the trap tune, so it’s not very often that it will just be a loop that will go on and on. A lot of what you will need to do when mixing trap music is to focus on the low end of the tune. This means that you will want to get the bass to really work will with the kick in the tune. The kick is a very important part of the trap tune.

If you are using reverb in your mix, you will need to make sure that it fits in with the tempo of the tune well. The same goes for any delays that you might mix in the tune. These delays need to go well with the tempo, but keep in mind that the tempo will be variable at different times.

In trap music, you want to get as much balance as can. Ideally, you want to get as much balance as you can with the different instruments to get a really good arrangement for the tune. You will want to have some really dramatic differences within the tune at different times because that really gives the tune a lot of variety and punch. You don’t want your trap mix to be boring. Again, you really need to get as hard of a low end of the tune as you possibly can. However, you need to be really careful that you get the volume of the track right on different layers. You don’t want one part to be so loud that it outdoes the rest of the song.

There are creative license that you can take when you are making and mixing trap music. Hopefully, you have found that this article has been useful for mixing trap beats.

Vocal Mixing Tips for Professional Sounding Audio

Vocal RecordingOne great vocal tip for professional sounding audio is to make sure that the microphone is far enough away from the vocalist. Some people’s voices sound better closer to the microphone while others sound better a little farther away. To figure out where your vocalist sounds best, you need to experiment. You can also have your vocalist sing into the side of the microphone for different sounding audio.

Some singers like to tilt their head back a little while they are singing because it opens up their vocal chords. To get the vocalists to remember to tilt their head back you can put the microphone a little bit above their head angled down.

Although you do not want to hear the vocalist breathing, if you eliminate the breathing sounds all together, your audio could sound very fake and unprofessional. While editing tracks you need to think about what you can do to not make your audio sound over processed.

If you or your vocalist take a break during a recording you need to make sure that when you start recording again that you or your vocalist are in the same position when singing as they were during the last recording. Changing positions could mean changing the sound of the audio for many different reasons. If you start off singing further away from the microphone and come back from a break and sing closer to the microphone, this will change the tone of your voice and the audio will sound a lot different than the rest of the audio you have recorded.

Some musicians like to add a chorus effect to their audio to make it sound more professional. You need to be sure that if you are adding this chorus effect to the audio that you do not overdo it. The best way to add the chorus sound in the background is to record the same verse or line over and over again and then layer them on top of each other so it sounds like there is a chorus in the background. If this is done correctly you will have very professional sounding audio.

When recording a vocal you need to make sure that you have your lyrics written in front of you just in case you get lost or need some direction while recording. These are some of the most basic vocal mixing basics, but are also some of the most important

Introduction to Recording with Pro Tools

Pro Tools LessonsWith the rise in dubstep and drum and bass styles of music, more and more people want to know how to use audio editing programs. One of the very best programs out there is called Pro Tools and a lot of professional musicians are using it. Pro Tools is a very complicated program with lots of options and different things to learn, but Pro Tools lessons will help a lot. Pro Tools lessons will help you learn how to use this wonderful program. In this article, you will learn the basics of Pro Tools. Once you get the hang of it, Pro Tools simply can’t be beat.

The first thing that you need to do is get a really good sound card for your computer. In order to get the most out of Pro Tools, you are going to need to have this. You will also want a guitar cable or microphone if you are planning to record live music. Something else that is very important is to have a good Midi controller. Make sure that the driver that you have for Pro Tools is the right one for your sound card.

When you are ready to begin, open up Pro Tools. You will notice different pull down menus. Click file and then go down to New Track. This will open up your new track and where you will begin your work. Depending upon what sound you want, you will need different types of microphones. To get stereo sound, use a microphone that is stereo. You can also choose to use two different tracks to get that stereo sound. Either way, at the end you will have the two tracks.

You will want to go to Show Edit on the menu and then hit Show Mix. This will open up two windows. You will be able to see track one on this window. You can drag the tracks around in order to make them easier to see. The next thing you will do is it the r key above volume. This will turn recording on. Then, you just go to the Control Bar and push the record button. When you are done recording, you can edit the song in the edit menu. You will see different icons in this menu. One is the hand tool, which lets you move part of the track to somewhere else.

There are many other things to learn in Pro Tools, but these are the basics that should get you started with Pro Tools lessons.

Learn the Elements of a Home Studio

Home Recording StudioWhether it be Mellisa Gorga’s well documented efforts to create a home studio on the hit reality television series The Jersey Housewives, or Lady Gaga recording at home before she became famous, or simply a next door neighbor trying to hit it big, it is no secret that a properly equipped home recording studio is an essential tool that is required in order to achieve success in the musical industry today.

In order to better understand how to go about creating a successful home recording studio, it is first necessary to learn what the elements of a home studio include. One way of going about this is to visit a free online studio to get the lessons to know what is needed.

One such example of a reliable internet resource is http://www.audioschoolonline.com. Audio School Online was created by Ken Lewis, who has worked with Kayne West, Eminem, and 50 cent, among many others. Needless to say he is a top name in the music industry. The purpose of Audio School Online is to provide an education in the art of record making for people all over the world who want to learn. If the goal is to create a personal home recording studio, the place to learn the elements of a home studio is Audio School Online. Audio School Online contains many free tutorials that are essential learning aides.

Once the homework is done and it is time to start assembling the studio, a good idea is to focus on the vocals first. In a nutshell, A good checklist for getting the home studio up and running might look like this:

– Computer

– Audio interface (for the computer)

– Microphone (there are many out there but quality is important here- the difference between a cheap knock off and a quality mic can make or break your sound)

– Mixer (here a basic one will usually do just fine)

– Speakers (here, just as with the mic, quality is a big key. Check out Audio School Online for some do and don’t tips on speaker selection)

– Other sound sources, such as musical instruments, turntables or CD player

Once the above checklist is complete the home studio project will be well underway. It is something that truly anybody can do – even on a budget. Of course with anything in life money makes everything easier. When in doubt, turn to Ken Lewis at Audio School online for tips and pointers.

Recording Live Drums

Drum RecordingRecording live drums can be one of the trickier things to do when in the process of recording music. Unlike other instruments, a drum set cannot simply be plugged in, but rather it much be recorded using a variety of microphones on each individual drum. Before the drummer starts to play, one will want to ensure that they have taken all the necessary steps that will lead to a quality recording. Three areas to focus on involve the set-up of the room, the microphones used to record, and the drums themselves.

Set Up the Room

Ideally, the drums should be recorded in some form of music studio where the room is actually set up to properly record the drums. However, not everyone has the resources or the ability to be able to do this. One of the main things you want to get out of the room is good acoustics. If the room is small, the drummer may experience a high level of feedback. This happens when the sound waves bounce of the walls or other objects into the room. The microphones will pick up this feedback, greatly diminishing the quality of the recording. While it is true that some reflection may be considered a good thing, take care in the placement of objects in the room to try and minimize the more delayed echoes that will occur.

Place the Microphones

Microphone placement is another key factor in getting a quality recording out of a drum set. Not using quality microphones or placing them in the wrong areas can make a nice set sound like a cheap one. If you have never miced a drum set before, there is a wealth of quality information online about how to properly do it. Ideally, each drum should be recorded with a separate microphone in addition to a few overhead mics and a few in front of the set. With noise coming from many different sources, it is important to use many different mics to properly pick up all the sound that is being produced.

Check the Drums

The last tip to recording live drums is to make sure that the drums themselves are in good working order. This involves replacing any worn heads and tuning the drums to the desired sound. It may seem obvious, but not all drummers replace both the batter head and resonant head all that frequently. Doing so will help get the best sound and ultimately the best recording out of the drum. Lastly, find any areas that produce a ringing sound when striking and tape them down. This will also help reduce the amount of echo and feedback that is picked up by the microphones.

Recording live drums involves a lot of experimentation. Trying different things can be a fun experience as you will need to play around with different techniques to figure out what truly works for you. Once you go it though, there is nothing quite like producing a solid sounding drum recording to add to your mix.

Music Recording Software Overview

Music Mixing SoftwareWith more and more music production activities going digital, music recording software has assumed greater significance for music production companies. There is quite a lot of recording software that is available for download through internet. Some of the software comes as free to download, while some with a specific price tag. A beginning user can go through the features available in the free recording software and paid recording software and choose one that suits their requirements. Don’t worry -paid software usually comes with a free trial usage period.

Recording software is relatively standardized, so once you have mastered one, you have mastered them all. Some of the major features available in music recording software include editing, mixing, cropping and providing effects such as echo, modulation, fade, normalization, reverse and tempo. The software should be able to restore audio, reduce noise, repair sound quality and refine tracks.

Some of the advanced recording software comes with premium features such as multitrack recording, 5.1 surround sound mixing and MIDI sequencing. While selecting the recording software, one ha s to look at the level at which they are performing recording operations.

Music Recording Software Lessons

To get the most from this software, there are recording professionals who provide quality coaching on sound recording. They provide training material that is easy to easy to understand and learn for a beginner in sound recording.

One such sound recording professional is Ken Lewis, who has 20 years of music recording experience. He has worked with a number of top music celebrities. Ken Lewis provides training on the latest technology that is available for recording music using limited resources. He provides training in the form of online training lessons through the website audioschoolonline.com. These lessons are available as simple to understand video lessons and can be easily understood by those who are quite new to the music recording field.

There are lessons that are based on the music genre, type of instrument and also based on the skill level of the person willing to learn music recording. In order to get a hang of the lessons, one can head to the website and browse through the free lessons that are provided. The different genres for which training is provided include urban, pop and rock. There are also lessons based on skill levels known as intern, sophomore, freshman, junior and senior. One can enroll for lessons based on their skill level and get amazing benefits.