Sequencer software – Making your laptop into a complete recording and mixing machine

Why record? Why start using sequencers? Recording our own singing or instrument playing and listening back to it is probably the single best activity that can bring considerable improvement to our skill. And, if you have a computer, it is

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A few sequencer and editor interfaces – the common interest

Most of the sequencers listed below are available for free. Many of them were released quite some time back, but a look at the interfaces of these different sequencers gives us a good idea of what the common interest of

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Mixing process: Normalizing a wav file – Example with nuendo

Normalizing is the easiest way to increase the loudness of a recording where the computer automatically detects the highest peak in the recording and raises the level of the whole recording according to the peak.  When we normalize a wav

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Choir in your laptop – The Phantom Ensemble

The slightly different pitching and timing combined with the different vocal quality of each singer gives us the rich dense texture of vocal ensembles, choirs. Using the layering and processing capability of our software sequencers, we will try to emulate

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How to record vocal guitar performances with sufficient control and quality

Some of us need to record  vocals and guitar performances to make good mixes. Here are a few things to consider. The guitarist who sings or the singer who plays the guitar while sings – a very common occurrence. Your

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Solo vocalist’s or karaoke artist’s guide to good vocal recording

What equipment do I need to start recording my vocals? Audio Technica AT2020USB Studio Condenser Microphone With the prices of recording equipment and electronics having come down, starting to record your vocals and making good quality mixes is possible for

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Vocal double tracking for rich and interesting textures

The rich thickening of sound that double tracking gives to a vocal, makes this technique a favourite of many artists and record producers. Basic double tracking is about playing two tracks of vocals alongside each other, at the same time.

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Musician on budget

Just a quick list of equipment some of us on budget could start with. (all prices at the time of writing.) Good budget audio Shure SM58 is the most popular stage vocal recording mic. It is a good mic to

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Performance and recording related tips to record your vocals well

Getting The Best Performance Vocalists tend to sing better, in pitch when they can hear their own voice mixed with a little reverb in the headphone mix. This reverb is not to be recorded, because we want the freedom to

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How to make good vocal recordings – basic mixing and effects

Once we have recorded the vocals, we need to edit them and process them with effects. Do we need to apply effects during the recording stage? What are the effects that we need to make a good vocal production? This

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