[Trombone-l] Overdubbing for beginners!

Craig Parmerlee craig at parmerlee.com
Sun Apr 26 09:22:30 CST 2020

This is a great introduction.  Thanks for taking the time to put that 
together, Jim.  I also started by using Audacity, and I still keep it 
installed on my studio computer because there are occasionally some 
things I want to do that are super quick and easy with Audacity.  The 
nice thing about starting with Audacity is that is straightforward and 
uncomplicated (relatively speaking) and generally does exactly what you 
would expect it to do.

If there are people who are looking at this sheltering period as a time 
to take next steps, then they may want to explore the DAW (digital audio 
workstation) world. Audacity is what I would call a static audio 
editor.  Everything is done in discrete steps.  If you want to apply 
equalization, you select the range, process the EQ, then listen.  If it 
isn't what you wanted, you undo and try it a different way,  That makes 
it very comprehensible because you are never doing more than one thing 
at a time.

With DAWs, everything is interactive. For that equalization example, you 
would select the range, loop it, *and while listening*, apply EQ 
adjustments in real time until you get it sounding the way you want.  
The original file is unchanged, but the DAW knows to apply the EQ any 
time that track is played.  With DAWs you can automate all these changes 
(EQ, compression, reverb, chorusing, distortion ... anything you need) 
so that the effects can change during the course of the song.  And you 
can also automate the volume faders (to bring up a solo), pan controls, 
anything.  Also with DAWs, you can freely mix recorded tracks with 
tracks created through MIDI performance.

It is a completely different experience, and probably a whole lot more 
learning curve than most people want to undertake.  I just mention it as 
an option because people may have a little extra time available right 
now to take on a learning curve.

For Windows users, the Cakewalk (previously called SONAR) DAW is now 
provided 100% free from Bandlab and it is a very, very advanced DAW.  
For $60 you can get Reaper, which works on Windows, Mac and Linux.  It 
is also a very advanced product.  If anybody is very serious about going 
in this direction, feel free to send me an email.  There are loads of 
other options out there with varying levels of features, price and 
system requirements.  Truly an embarrassment of riches in this space today.

On 4/21/2020 12:45 PM, Jim Nova via Trombone-l wrote:
> Overdubbing for beginners!
> This is a step by step instructional video on how I do my overdubs! I use Audacity in this demo which is free software on either a Mac or PC. I hope this helps people get started!!
> https://youtu.be/xr3m3YyhHYM <https://youtu.be/xr3m3YyhHYM>
> James Nova
> Trombone - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
> Brass Area Coordinator and Adjunct Trombone Faculty - Duquesne University
> Brass Coach - Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras
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