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Heavenly choirs sing to the Pacific Ocean high above Vancouver's Burrard Inlet

TRACKING A SMALL CHOIR

    A small choir is the largest group of voices singing simultaneously that you are likely to encounter at home, and the odds are good that you will actually end up arranging to work with them outside the home, perhaps on location at a church hall or gym or yoga studio or some similarly […]

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Viola and Violin side by side

TRACKING STRINGS

  So, feel like trying your hand at recording real strings?  Maybe you have a song that would be great with a traditional string quartet accompaniment such as Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday”, or a country tune that needs some fine fiddle-playing added to the mix.  Perhaps you want a viola solo or some celli accompaniment in […]

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After all the gigs and recording sessions I've been part of, it's hard to look at the UAD plug-in model of the Roland RE-201 Space Echo, the hardware unit I wish I'd never sold.  On the other hand, where the hell would I get 1/4" tape?  This is a lost love of mine, right down to the black cover peeling off the unit after so much loving tenderness and so many unfortunate incidents.

PROCESSING – TIME-BASED EFFECTS Part 1

    DELAYS There are various types of time-based effects, also known as time domain effects. The simplest types are called delay effects. You may come across mono delays, stereo delays, tape delays, outboard delays, numerous flavours of plug-in delays, duplicated tracks offset in time, cross delays, multitap delays, ping-pong delays, and others in your travels. There […]

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synth module by Roland, the JP-8080

MIDI PROGRAMMING – SYNTHS AND SOUND DESIGN

  First, a note to the daily followers of this blog – thanks for following this blog and my apologies to you for my late posting – I had a big bout of dental surgery yesterday.  I’m sore but glad it’s over, and I’m catching up on the blogging now, so do stick around. A […]

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BOOM Plug-in Window

MIDI PROGRAMMING – DRUM MAPS, SAMPLES AND SLICES

    One of the most common uses of MIDI is to implement a rhythm track.  Drum sounds are ideal for MIDI triggering, and drum parts are programmed in using various methods. The screenshot above shows the BOOM plug-in running in a ProTools HD DAW environment.  This design uses many of the classic features of […]

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MIDI keyboard

MIDI PROGRAMMING – MIDI = Musical Instrument Digital Interface

  It is relatively unusual to find a hit record from the last 30 years or so that did not require MIDI at some point in the recording process. The usual way to introduce MIDI is to say it’s a communication protocol to pass musical information (notes, instructions, etc) to be transmitted between instruments or […]

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Sony DMX R-100 digital audio console (partial view)

PRE-PRODUCTION: A PRE-PRODUCTION CHECKLIST

Production is a journey of many steps.  Take them one at a time if it gets overwhelming! Producing yourself at home for your own songs is a tough challenge and an incredible joy every time you get it right.  Taking a song from the writing process to a deliberately produced recording requires a lot to […]

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Cone flowers

PRE-PRODUCTION: WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?

  Just like a beautiful flower, strive for a place in the sun for your music. That will mean taking care of a number of details ahead of recording.  That’s the essence of pre-production.  Plan and be prepared to record. You’ll want to decide how fast a song should be, and what key suits the […]

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