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Commonly Used Recording Effects

In this section, an attempt is made to list, define, and explain several commonly used recording effects. By applying a combination of these effects, you can change your raw audio song into a very decent, presentable, and sometimes marketable audio file. Such audio files can then be used to participate in Taranaa events such as, Song of the Week (SoW), Star of the Month (SoM), and occasional, member-sponsored, singing competitions. Or you can simply burn a CD with your own in-home recorded songs and be a Star of your own domain!


Noise

Definition (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noise_%28audio%29):

"Noise in audio, recording, and broadcast sytems refers to the residual low level sound (usually hiss and hum) that is heard in quiet periods of a programme.

"In audio engineering it can refer either to the acoustic noise from loudspeakers, or to the unwanted residual electronic noise signal that gives rise to acoustic noise heard as 'hiss'."


How to Remove Noise from Recordings:

The following are some general steps that could be followed to remove noise from a recording:

1. Take a sample of noise. This can be done by simply pressing the record button and recording the silence in the room. In other words, just record the sound of the room, if you will, and nothing else. And considert that as a sample of noise. Do not save it permanently since this sample would be changing from time to time.

2. Select the section of your recording from which you want to remove noise. Usually, it is the whole song unless there are pieces in your recording from other sources.

3. Select the "remove noise" option in your sound editor.


Silence

Definition:

Silence is simply a complete absence of noise - any noise.


How to Use Silence for Recordings:

The most appropriate areas to add silence are between "antaras" of your song, in the beginning, and at the end. In other words, most of those areas where your singing voice is absent. Adding silence cleans up your recording quite a bit.

It is important that silence be added to the non-singing portions of your recordings because even if the noise has been completely removed, sometimes there is still some residual noise/signals that can make your recording sound distorted at places.

Most of the sound-editors come with "Add Silence" feature. Find out if your sound-editor has this feature and then learn how to use it. Usually it is done by selecting the area where you want to add silence and then selecting the option.


Reverb & Echo

Definitions: (from http://www.interruptor.ch/scottmadigan.html)

"Reverb is defined as a delay less that 35 ms. in which the regenerations are randomly dispersed and in which the release portion of the sound envelope is random as well. This is also sometimes referred to as Later Reflections."

"Echo is defined as a delay of approximately 35 ms. in which the regenerations are evenly spaced and in which the release portion of the sound envelope is even as well. This is also sometimes referred to as Early Reflections."


How to Use Echo & Reverb for Recordings:

Well, you really need to experiment with it. Based on your recording, you can apply it to the complete song or only to selected portions. Make sure not to use too much echo as it may add distortion to your recording. Also, the two effects can be used in combination, i.e., some portions get echo and some reverb.


Note: Please go to the site mentioned above for more details on types of echo and reverb.


Normalization

Definition: (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_normalization)

"Audio normalization is the process of increasing (or decreasing) the amplitude (volume) of a digital audio recording. Typically normalization increases the amplitude of the audio waveform to the maximum level without introducing any distortion into the recording."


How to Use Normalization for Recordings:

Usually this technique should be used mostly when the audio levels are going off the roof. When that happens, a very uncomfortable loud noise with distortion is heard when those pieces are played. In order to keep the voulme level with in limits, apply normalization whick will clip those off-limit levels.

It is usually best to apply normalization on the whole song.


Compression

Definition: (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_compression)

Audio level compression is a process in which the dynamic range (difference between loud and quiet) of an audio waveform is reduced. This is used in guitar effects racks, recording studios, etc.


How to Use Normalization for Recordings:

It is very important to be careful while using this technique. There are some songs where the voice levels are modulated intentionally, for example, singing a soft line and then singing it strongly with full volume, or whispering, etc. For such songs, if you apply compression, it will increase the volume of those pieces also. It is better not to use compression on recordings that use too many of voice levels introduced to express emotions, etc.

For other songs that have an even flow of voice level, it should be used to make the whole recording sound evenly.

Again, either through preset options of compression or by adjusting the settings in your sound-editor you can apply this effect as needed.

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