I. The First Steps // JAN 11th
Welcome fellow tonebase academists!
This is the place where we will talk about the first lesson of our recording course. Please use this thread if you have any questions concerning the workbook or general questions concerning the first steps!
Make sure to download our DAW of choice using the link below:
The DAW is free to use for 60 days. After that, you can still always prolong the evaluation period. Though a little bit daunting at first, the routing is pretty straight forward once we get accustomed to follow the signal flow!
I will post the answers to the questionnaire on Jan 17th!
After the livestream, submit your assignments by replying to this thread!
Answers to the questionnaire:
What is a DAW?
- digital audio workstation like Reaper, a place where you can record, listen, and edit audio that is either being recorded or imported. Items in the arranger window reference files on your hard drive, so working within the DAW is (generally) non-destructive.
What is the difference between a USB-Microphone compared to a microphone that is connected to an audio interface?
- An audio interface converts analog voltage into discrete digital values for recording and vice versa for monitoring and playback. While an audio interface requires a microphone to record changes in air pressure, an USB-Mic usually comes already equippmed with some kind of AD/DA converter (aka audio interface). Since a computer usually can handle only one interface at a time, professionals use audio interfaces that have a multitude of digital and analog input and output channels.
What describes the Polar Pattern of a Microphone?
- A microphone's polar pattern describes its sensitivity for sounds arriving from different angles. The most popular polar patterns for music are cardioid, omnidirectional and figure of eight, though every polar pattern or directionality is being heavily used in professional productions in order to to achieve either spaciousness and enveleopment or speration and directivity.
See you tomorrow for "The Edit"!
I'm really bummed I won't be able to make this as I'll be at work. I'm actually struggling with a recording issue right now. I'm running a yeti x microphone in my MacBook Pro and trying to use an iPhone 11 as a camera using the epiccam application for video. It works through OBS but for some reason the recording quality is very poor. I'm not sure if it's the settings or the app. When I try to select the camera in iMovie or Final Cut Pro x I am getting the spinning wheel of death. Super frustrating. Anyway looking forward to watching the video and perhaps joining in for future classes
I am running Reaper on a Linux machine. In setting up preferences I don't have ASIO as an option for Audio System. I've selected ALSA as that show my USB mic (Tascam D-05X). I also have JACK as an option though I don't really understand what JACK is. Perhaps you could explain. I also have Impro-Visor as Linux equivalent to Band in a Box (I'm dabbling in jazz guitar) but don't really use it as the synth is so rubbish. I believe I may be able to use Jack to interface to Reaper to use its synth options but don't know how. Is this possible?
Greetings everyone. Do you think it would suitable to use Shure SM58 mic? It's a dynamic mic and I understand it's more suitable for vocals, where you can put it really close to your mouth if necessary. It looks I got it picking the level from acoustic guitar more or less OK, and I'm routing it through Line 6 POD HD 500X (do not anything else able to work as audio interface), but wondering how crucial it's whether you have a dynamic or condenser mic to pick an acoustic sound?
Another question - I have a classical-style acoustic-electric guitar (wide neck, nylon strings), so it can be plugged and recorded in line. Is it reasonable to record it that way for this course, or using a mic and following "acoustic" setup is essential?
Thanks in advance.
Hi, Martin. I won´t be able to join today -since I´m still at work-, but I´m really interested in the course. I´m new to (and a bit scared by) this recording world , and this is my question at this point: can I use my Zoom H4 as a microphone? Thank you!
By the way, I¨m not sure I´ll be able to keep pace with the course. We shall see..
thank you for offering this workshop.
I tried to set up iRig Acoustic Stage (a pickup microphone) with Reaper, but couldn't get it to work with the ASIO4All driver - the microphone is recognized as an USB audio interface but the ASIO configuration looks like this:
I tried to deactivate all other input devices, but the iRig is always displayed like this, so I guess it simply won't work with ASIO.
What is the "second best" audio setting for recording in Reaper? :)
These are my options:
Hi Martin, thanks for the first session on the recording course, it was great but way to fast for me, and just to let you know I am having trouble with my set up. On the windows computer I didn't seem to have any sound coming through, so couldn't hear you, was doing some stuff on recording on the windows, but listening and watching you on my I pad so as
I have a Samson USB go mic, I have both Mac Air 10.5 and Windows 10 computers, so 1st question, which computer would be the easier to use, 2nd question -is Reaper the DAW to use with this Samson product, is it possible to give me a quick run through on how to load the mic and Reaper, step by step and is there any special order required, can I really be so dumb?? Hope you can help me, ciao Deb
Hello martin ,
Thanks again for the insightful session yesterday.
For the first assignment, where multiple takes of certain musical piece are to be recorded, does it matter how they're organized in Reaper? On one track in different bars, or on different tracks? I've noticed Reaper even has a feature called "takes", when it's showing different takes of same piece in the same track, but that probably requires good learning to be correctly used.
Thanks a lot.
Very interesting live session. I wont be joining the next live sessions as its 3am where I live but I'll definitely check the recordings!
I use the Scarlett Solo interphase with a cardioid mic (AT2020) and Garage Band usually but I already installed Reaper. Excited to try and learn new stuff! Sadly, Stereo recording is out of the question with this interphase ( Should've gotten the 2i2!!) but I'll still explore with different mic positions.
This might be a dumb question but if recording with 2 mics isn't available right now, would doubling the track be a workaround to try and create a similar effect?
Thanks your a wizard at all this!
1. how do I tame some of the low boominess I get on certain notes in playback?
(single usb mic, cardioid, 24 inches on axis, at the bridge, classical guitar)
2. can it all be eq'd out after, or should this be mostly fixed in the setup?
3. suggestions for recording video to a track in parallel, separately?
4. Can I take a video recording and edit/fix the sound to it in reaper?
I've imported a backing tracking into reaper and I have the output jack input to a guitar amp So I can play backing tracks and guitar through the amp into headphones. All good so far. I then thought I'd try to record the amp using my Tascam mobile recorder as audio interface into reaper to record the guitar onto its own track. Result: feedback so can only do at really low volume.Is there any way round this aside from using a different laptop as input to the amp for the backing track? My usb i/f also seems to drop out occasionally so I lose the mic - rubbish gear I suppose. Very annoying
Hello, first thank you for a great session this week.
I have two questions.
The first is easy. My mixer is missing from my main screen in Reaper. It is available if I open it in a floating window, but I cannot work out how to display it fixed at bottom left of the screen. Can you help with that please.
second, as I explained during the meeting I currently use one small directional condenser mic ( mshurr sm81) and a larger condenser mic that allows me to shift from Omni directional to figure of 8 or cardioid. AKG p420
I like the sound of the shure as the main focus with the other mic picking up the sound at a little more distance, but I see you use 2 mics for the main near field recording. Would you recommend me getting a second Shure mic? Or is that over the top.
many thanks Peter
I see that the audio I record in Imovie has a sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 Bits per sample when I export the file as a .wav file. I could then import to Reaper to edit the file. This way I can record the video and audio on my macbook with Imovie and not have to mess around with another camera. Is there any problem with this workflow? Any benefit to recording with my Focusrite Scarlett directly into Reaper instead of in to Imovie? thanks in advance, William
Thanks for the quick reply Martin. I am starting to record some videos of myself playing and its just a lot easier to push start/stop on one device and have the audio and video already synced versus downloading the video from the camera to the laptop and then syncing the audio. Any idea if you can hook up and video camera and record audio and video into Reaper just as I do in Imovie?