Welcome back to consordini.com, this is video number four. For everyone joining right now, I recommend you watch our first three videos. The links to which you will find under this one.
In this video we will talk about, combining tracks, adding effects, adding a virtual instrument, and exporting your work as an audio file. Let’s dig in.
Okay, so, so far we have recorded several tracks, one is our main track here, and we’ve also done a couple of takes of backing tracks, so if we press Command+L, we can see that there are several takes from which we can choose.
So, I think that the second track was okay, but there might be something in the end, that we might wanna keep from the first track.
So, how do I combine them together? First of all, I want to make a slice. I wanna switch the grid off by pressing option+G, putting the play head somewhere, let’s zoom in here, I’ll put a play head somewhere here and press S to make a slice.
Now, when I press on the I wanna keep, and I’ll press on the other one. Press Command+L and they will be glued together.
So now, I can use this fade tool that appears to make a cross phase between them, and move the slicing points as well. So, let’s hear what it sounds all together.
And let me move it a little bit to get more of the recording from the first one. We’ll just have the end from the last one.
Okay, so this sounds kind of dry, and I want it to sound more alive, so I’m gonna add some reverb to both of them.
I’ll start with the pizzicato track. We go to effects window and go to Cockos, and these plugins come with Reaper already, so they’re ready to go. Let’s choose reverberate, that’s okay. I have chosen a preset and it sounds amazing. A really big, wide room.
Okay, I’ll just bring down the wet signal a little bit, so it doesn’t reverberate that much, but it’s really pretty now.
Okay, I love that. Now, let’s put some reverb on the main track as well. We’ll press effects, Cockos as well, and we’ll use reverb plugin instead of reverberate, and see how that goes.
There are…a couple of presses here as well, let’s solo the track and see how it sounds. I’ll bring down the wet signal. Really nice. Let’s see how they sound all together.
That’s a beautiful reverb. Okay, so as we’re done with the arrangement, and choosing the takes, I think it is time to add some virtual drums now.
Let’s bring the grid back by pressing option+G, and now we need to make a new track.
We go to Track and choose ‘Insert virtual instrument on a new track.’
Now, we’ll just…in our instruments, we’ll find the instrument that we’re looking for, in this case, I’m going with a TX 16 freeware sampler, and choose that.
Now, essentially, this is a sampler that you can download for free, and, how you use it, you just drag a sample from your hard drive directly onto the notes of this instrument, and when you click on it, it sounds.
You can also use your computer keyboard as a MIDI controller, by clicking option+B. You got a MIDI…a virtual MIDI keyboard appears and as we click on the notes, the sound will be played. Okay, so let’s just squish that out for a while.
I have already prepared a small preset for this particular recording, and go drums, and here I have a kick drum, snare drum and a hi hat, that’s all we need for a simple arrangement, and here we go.
So, I’ve made a selection and now I’m gonna go insert new MIDI item, double click that and here I have a new MIDI Region, in which I will find my sample sounds.
And now let me just put my instruments down. Okay, I have a simple pattern here, so let’s see how it sounds.
All right, I’m quite happy with that, so I can just copy it over to the whole arrangement. Here we go. Let’s listen to what we have.
Okay, great. I’m really happy with the mix and the arrangement that we’ve got here, and I’m ready to render the file creating a stereo file which we can then share with family and friends.
Okay, so to do that, we will make a selection from the start ’til the end. Go File, Render.
Choose a name for the file, choose the place where the file will be rendered to, and go render one file. And here we go, our first recording completed.
The last thing to do is saving the session in case we wanna come back to it and work and add to it later. We go File, Save Project As, select project name like “Violin recording.”
Select where it will be stored, hit Save, and all the media that was used in the project will be safely stored inside the folder. Hit Save and we’re done.
Thank you for watching. I hope those videos were very useful. Let’s recap. So we’ve looked at the gear that is used to make a first recording.
Looked at the DAW Reaper, which is used to capture the recording, and we also used other ways to add effects and virtual instruments to our arrangements.
Then we exported our file into a stereo that we can share with the world.
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