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  • Rebecca Clearwater

    mumbled "*shameless self promotion* (Peace of Mind)"

    Yo Movellas,
    A lot of you have probably forgotten I exist- don't worry, I did too.
    But... I wrote a song called "Peace of Mind". Want to hear it?

    The Intelligence Division
    Mic Placement:
    Literally just point the mic at where the sound comes out, then if it's an amplified or it's naturally quite loud (i.e. brass), test the loudest part of what you're about to record and see if the level meter comes close to the line at 0dB. If you don't, record, if you do, move the mic slightly further away.
    For vocals, always put a sock over your microphone as it will act as a pop filter.
    Always record somewhere quiet, and if your mic is resting on a table, make sure your metronome is both behind it somewhere and not sitting on the same surface, as sound travels better through solids and the mmteronome will be picked up instantly by the mic.
    It's quite self explanatory, just make sure you *record absolutely everything to a metronome*, and don't record more than you need: If there's a bass part that loops, record it once and repeat it. If it gets louder at some point and just amplifying it slightly won't do, then record the same loop with more intensity.
    Virtual sounds:
    If you're looking for a free sequencer, i'd go for either LMMS or Hydrogen. They both ship with a good few nice instruments and samples and things and there are plenty of video tutorials out there on how to use them. I'd also recommend if you aren't already to use Audacity for assembling together both recordings and virtual parts.
    In a sequencer, put simply, the piano roll is your new best friend for pitched instruments and a beat/bassline editor is your new best friend for rhythm parts, and both are quite self explanatory once you can locate them in the program. Remember: complete noobs whose only knowledge of music is to have listened to Eminem once pick up these things and can sometimes create quite pleasing results on them, so I'm not lying when I say they're not hard to understand, but using piano rolls especially can be quite unnerving at first.
    I personally don't understand why in LMMS the 'Beat/Bassline editor' is called what it is: all good basslines should require a piano roll, but that's just my personal opinion.

    For sequencing in general, my advice is only make what you need and always get yourself into a position where for your final mix and arrangement, synthesized sound may be considered and treated equally to recorded sound.
    Arrange first, then mix. I'd personally arrange in Audacity, export your tracks individually as what are called 'stems' and mix in LMMS as in audacity, you can only apply an effect once where as in LMMS, you can rack up effects and tweak them as necessary.
    Alternatively, Garageband (if you have it) can do all of this in one program, but Garageband is only free if you buy a Mac (so, not free). I'd recommend only paying for a program if you find you really want to get serious, or in my case, if you've been being serious for a while and you just realised you should probably pay for the program you've been using on the demo version
    for the past four years... XD

    I'll go into mixing in a new post, I'm getting a character limit coming up on this one... XD
    Rebecca Clearwater
    Thank you so much :)
    The Intelligence Division
    ....On second thoughts, I'd probably actually look at the FL Studio Demo for recording and mixing, and probably arranging too.
    The Demo limitation is that you can save projects but you can't open them again.
    Recording can be done in as many sessions as you like, and you can export each successful take directly from the Edison wave editor (which also has a really powerful denoiser btw, which will definitely come in handy) and export synthesized patterns as and when you need to. You can then reimport everything and arrange it, then export stems, import them and mix.
    I'd try both workflows and see which you like best, but FL Studio definitely has the best range of (more or less) essential technical provisions, is easily the most accessible DAW around, runs on more or less every computer quite well, has very good capabilities even before you pay for anything, and costs peanuts in comparison with other DAWs should you ever decide to buy it.
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