Electric Violin: Vivo 2
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This is video three out of four in which we take a look at how to make our first recording at home.
If you’re just joining us now, in the first two videos we covered the gear that we need to make the recording and in the second video, we take a look at REAPER, the DAW that will make it all possible.
All the links to the videos you can find below this one. So, now it’s finally time to start the recording.
First of all, let’s connect the headphones so we can monitor ourselves. So, connect them to the phone output and set a comfortable level here.
Now, let’s use our jack jack cable to connect the electric violin. We’ll use input 2 and we’ll use a high Z option for that.
The other end will go directly into the violin’s instrument output.
Okay, so we’re finally ready to make the first recording. Here with me, I have Inta, the recording artist today. And let’s begin.
We’re all ready and I’m pressing Cmd+R to start the recording. And here we go.
Okay, great take. Pressing Space to stop the recording and here Save All.
Now, let’s talk about comp takes. Comp takes is a very useful tool for a recording artist, making the recording all by himself with no one to press Stop or Record.
So, essentially, what that means is we’re gonna make a selection, like so, first 18 bars and the selection is gonna go in a loop.
And once first take is done, the second take is gonna start, okay, until we switch it off. So, first of all, I’m gonna make a new track.
Make sure that the input is right, input 2. I’m gonna press Record Monitoring On and I’m gonna mute the previous recording we have.
Okay. So, now when I press record, everything is gonna go in a loop. Are you ready? Okay, let’s begin. So Cmd+R to start the recording.
Okay, great, so, let’s save our work. All right and now we can see here all the recordings that we made. And if we press Cmd+L, we can toggle between comp mode and just the track mode.
Okay, so here we see take number one and take number two. And we’ll take a look, in the next video, at how to combine the best parts of every track.
Okay, so now it’s time to record the acoustic violin and this is the tricky part.
Right, so first of all, we will need a large diaphragm condenser microphone. And in order for that to work, I’m gonna switch on my Phantom power, in my case, it’s located on the back of the audio interface. I’m switching it on.
And the light saying +48 volts is also on. I’ve connected the microphone into input 1 of my audio interface with an XLR cable.
So, now everything is nice and ready to record. So, as soon as we start playing, I’m gonna adjust again so that the levels here will be between -18 and -12 dB on the scale here.
If you wanna have a more developed sound combined with the richness of the reflections coming off the walls, the ceiling, and the floors, you should try putting the microphone a little bit further away from the violin. Let’s try this approach now.
I’m raising the microphone as high as I can above the violin and let’s adjust it here. This way, I’m not only gonna get the direct sound from the violin, I’m also getting a reflected sound off the walls and ceiling.
Okay. So, as soon as we start playing, I’m gonna adjust again and let us do a take just to check it out. Okay? Let’s go.
Okay, great job. Now that we have a great performance, we need a backing track for it to sound more interesting.
In order to do that, we’re gonna keep this recording playing and we will make a new track and record another part on top of what we already recorded.
So, let’s do that again. Cmd+T to make a new track, record.
We won’t mute the previous track as we did before and now we’re ready to do that. Okay. So, let’s record. We’re gonna use a close miking technique to do that as well. All right. So, let us…
Okay. So, that’s a lot of great material for us to work with in our next video in which we will cover combining tracks, adding special effects and processing, and also adding a virtual drum machine.
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