How To Record Music

Workflow - How to Record Music

  • Use 2 condenser microphones for acoustic guitars or vocals to enhance the sound
  • Add tube pre-amps to the condenser microphones to warm the sound
  • Add vocals effects, if desired, to the audio track on the DAW and turn on Phantom Power
  • Set recording levels so that it is red lighting a little at the highest decibel levels
  • Set the tempo (Beats Per Minute) using drum machine or metronome
  • Listen to the drum machine/metronome with headphones while playing or singing
  • Normalize the tracks
  • Upload the audio tracks to computer via USB
  • Create an audio track in sequencer software Cakewalk Sonar
  • Import audio track that was uploaded via USB
  • Add drum track (insert DXI Synth/VST/EZDrummer)
  • Establish drum kit, velocity, mixer, humanize
  • Set the tempo on the sequencer according to tempo used during audio capture
  • Select and apply appropriate groove clips and fills for the song into the track
  • Play back and adjust the groove clips and fills until the desired result is achieved
  • Set the volume output levels to -6.5 to -3.5 dB
  • Mix down the drum track by using File/Export/Audio
  • Export to DAW using USB and import into tracks 15/16 (unless using drum machine)
  • Change drum tracks 15/16 to an audio track (unless using drum machine)
  • Set the desired effects, volume and panning for each of the audio tracks
  • Mix the audio tracks onto tracks 11/12 for stereo
  • Select the Mastering Tool Kit and apply the correct pre-sets for compressor and EQ
  • Master (compressor and EQ) the mix on tracks 11/12 using different virtual tracks
  • Create the CD on the DAW and Finalize the CD after all songs have been written
  • Take picture, import into PC and use LightScribe to write image and text onto CD
  • Written by William H. Bradshaw