RecordingTechniques


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Recording Techniques for Beginners

The following are some of the basic recording tips. These tips are written keeping Taranaa members in mind who do not have much experience with home-recording techniques or who are starting their journey of music afresh. I have already published these on Taranaa Forum in multiple posts. After reviewing and combining those posts, I am re-publishing these for members' convinience.

Basic Equipment:

In order to use these recording techniques, the following equipment is required:

1. A Computer with sound card

2. Headphones

3. Microphone

4. Sound-editing Software (E.g., Audacity)

Pre-Recording Preparations:

1. Gargle with warm water with honey and a few lemon drops added. This cuts on sinus and other impurities, and soothes your throat. Using cough drops or other chemicals is not good for the throat.


2. Practice basic “swaras” for a few minutes. This warms up and synchronizes your vocal chords.


3. Listen to the song you are about to record and then sing it a few times.


4. Understand the lyrics. Unless you know the meanings of the lyrics, it would be difficult to instill pure emotions into the song.


5. Develop the situation of the song in your mind and act accordingly while singing.


6. If convenient, set up the microphone so that you can record standing up instead of sitting down. That way, you will have a better control over breathing and you can use your voice to the fullest.


7. Do not stay too close to walls. Locate yourself in somewhat open area. Walls can add echo and add noise that is too hard to remove.


8. Ambiance also plays an important role. Pay attention to the room temperature. The noise samples will be different if the room is too warm or too cold.

Post-Recording Activities:

1. Always save your raw voice-only file and then add effects and save another voice-only file with effects. That way you have the original and can use it to change effects later. The way I save my first voice-only file is that I remove noise and then add silence wherever necessary. Then I save that file as MyName.SongName(V1).mp3.


2. If you are listening to the track and recording on the same computer, I suggest bring the volume control as low as possible, just enough so that you can hear the music. And keep your microphone level as high as possible. If volume levels are too high, too much noise will be added to your recording and sometimes, even music gets added to the voice-only track. It makes it almost impossible to remove the noise completely.


3. If possible use a different source for listening to the music track (Please also see the section "Optimum Recording Quality" below). Either burn it on CD and play on your CD player with headphone on or use another computer. Recording quality is much better if you use a separate source for listening to the music. If not, then do as suggested in #2.


4. I usually recommend not meddling with the original music track. But sometimes the volume in music tracks are too loud and even if you raise the volume of your voice-only track it still does not sound too clear. So bring the music volume a bit low and raise your voice volume a bit high. While you lower the volume of the music track, do not save the change to it. Once done with mixing, discard changes to the music track. It is better not to have too many versions of music tracks around.


5. Always remove noise first before doing anything else to your voice-only file. If you add effects and then try to remove noise, it could remove some other frequencies that will make your voice sound distorted.


6. I usually do not use echo as it has been recommended to me during my SOW time. But a little bit of echo is fine.


7. As far as singing and timing issues are concerned, I find Taranaa Karaoke Player (TKP) very useful for songs that I am not too confident about (Please also see the section "Optimum Recording Quality" below). I initially record songs in TKP first and then import that file into my sound editor and use it as a guide for my final recording. That file tells me where I need to start singing, etc. It is best to know the song by heart, but it is not always possible. Hence TKP is the fantastic answer to that problem.


8. When recording a duet or a trio, it is usually the best if one person adds exact same effects to all tracks. In such a case, each singer should send a clean (noise-free), voice-only file to the person who is responsible for adding effects. That way, same effects are added and the outcome sounds much more homogeneous.


Optimum Recording Quality

1. About using a different sound source:

If your computer has a 2.0Ghz or better processor, it should not be a problem playing the music and recording your voice at the same time on the same machine. It also helps to close all other programs, disable Internet connectivity, anti-virus programs so that the CPU is fully available for your recording.


2. About using TKP while recording:

It is possible to use the TKP while recording with Audacity. Here is how:

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Setup

  • Connect a Dynamic Microphone to your PC Mic input
  • Connect a Headphone to the PC Headphones output
  • Wear the headphone while singing

Procedure

1) Start Audacity

2) Click View, then click Float Control Toolbar. This undocks the Audacity control toolbar with Stop, Play, Record buttons.

3) Select Microphone channel so as to record just the voice, not music

4) Start TKP, select track, play it, stop it.

5) Drag the audacity toolbar so that it does not obstruct your view of TKP

6) Click the record button in Audacity Control Toolbar

7) Click Play button in TKP. This starts track playback with lyrics.

8) Read the lyrics and sing into your microphone. Audacity will record your voice and not the music.

9) Click Stop in Audacity Control Toolbar after track is finished.

10) Now go back to Audacity for adding effects to your voice track.

11) When you are done with adding effects, drag and drop the Taranaa Karaoke Track residing in subscriptionTracks folder into Audacity.

12) Use the Time Shift Tool to align music track with voice track

13) Add more tracks (backing vocals, chorus, etc) if desired)

14) Export all tracks as MP3.

Note that in this method of recording, the music track is never recorded, but mixed with your "wet" (post-processed) voice track. This gives you optimum recording quality.

-- Taranaa Team

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