[Trombone-l] Overdubbing for beginners!
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
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> Brass Area Coordinator and Adjunct Trombone Faculty - Duquesne University
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