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SM57 set to record a lefty Gretsch DuoJet played through a custom VOX AC30

TRACKING ELECTRIC GUITARS

    The variety of sounds you can get from an electric guitar is effectively infinite, and no one way can be claimed as The Way to record them. There are countless ways to implement guitar parts on a song.  Everything under the Sun is fair game, it seems, and that’s before we even consider […]

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WAVES Element Virtual Instrumentl, an excellent synthesizer plug-in.  This shows the ISAO TOMATO patch, a reference to Isao Tomita, the Japanese synth pioneer who covered Gustav Holst's The Planets Suite using only synthesizers to create the orchestra.

TRACKING AUDIO IN GENERAL

    When you are recording audio, there are two things you are mainly concerned with.   Performing well, and capturing audio well. In certain situations – for example, when you are recording the audio output from a virtual instrument leaving a MIDI or Instrument type of track (in your DAW) – there will be […]

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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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CLICKS AND VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS

  Today I’m writing about clicks and virtual instruments. A click is a steady beat pulse played by any short percussive and hopefully musical sound, at a fixed tempo chosen by the user. A click instrument is a virtual instrument specifically designed to provide a click.  It offers a small selection of sounds suitable for […]

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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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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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TOOLS OF THE TRADE – SOME COOL STUFF TO CONSIDER ADDING

  There is absolutely no chance you’ll run out of cool stuff to consider adding, so you might as well get used to it! They call it GAS – Gear Acquisition Syndrome.  I have terrible GAS. I’ll just make a few suggestions, in the interests of our mutual sanity. A MONITOR CONTROLLER AND A POWERED […]

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SONGWRITER HOME RECORDING WORKFLOWS

SONGWRITER HOME RECORDING WORKFLOWS Between May 1 and June 30 2013, I ‘m adding a lot of informational content to this, my recording blog at www.wigglytoesmusic.com There are short blogs and long blogs in this series of blogs on home recording for songwriters. This is probably the longest one  Maybe save the link for later […]

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