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Music 265B Week 09 Editing, Part 3

PDF version available HERE So far, we have used the Smart Tool to cut, drag, splice, and assemble a good master performance. We used Strip Silence to cut down on unwanted leakage, and Beat Detective to clean up our performance’s rhythmic accuracy. Elastic Audio allowed us to stretch and warp our audio to fix up any additional mistakes. But what about tuning and pitch? A musician could have accidentally played the wrong note on the right rhythm, or the singer could be out of tune. We can attempt to fix some of these mistakes through an editing process known as…

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Music 265B Week 08 Editing, Part 2

PDF version available HERE Remember, during the editing phase, we try to accomplish three goals. Assemble the best performance out of all the recorded material. Fix any mistakes: correct pitch and adjust rhythmic accuracy as needed. Clean up, polish, and prepare our tracks for the mixing phase. By now, we should be able to accomplish that first goal using the skills we developed in the previous lesson. Those are: Analyzing, selecting, and separating clips. Cutting, copying, and pasting clips into different Playlists. Moving, sliding, and nudging clips forward or backward in time. Creating fades: fade in, fade out, and crossfades….

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Music 265B Week 07 Editing, Part 1

PDF version available HERE During the Editing phase, we try to accomplish three goals. Assemble the best performance out of all of the recorded material. Fix any mistakes: correct pitch and adjust rhythmic accuracy as needed. Clean up, polish, and prepare our tracks for the mixing phase. Let’s take a look at some of the tools & functions we will be using for the next few weeks. The Tools The Trim Tool is the first of our three primary tools. It has three separate functions, which can be changed by right clicking on the icon. In Standard mode, we can…

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Music 265B Week 06 Recording an Ensemble

PDF version available HERE Here’s a brief review of what we’ve covered so far. Pre-Production: The songwriters create a piece of music: they decide on a tempo, structure, key, instrumentation, etc. When the music is polished into its finished form, they hire musicians, rehearse, and book time in the recording studio. Studio Setup: The engineer consults with the producer & bandleader to determine the best way to record the ensemble. The engineer drafts a Setup Sheet, which details how the musicians will be arranged in the studio, where stands & baffles will be placed, what microphones will be used, and…

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Music 265B Week 05 Control Room Setup

PDF version available HERE While the crew is arranging chairs & stands for the musicians in the studio, the engineers are in the control room, preparing the gear for the recording session. The Control Room is where the producer and engineers record and monitor the musicians in the studio. It typically contains the mixing console, computer systems, interfaces, recording devices, patch bays, speaker systems, and a variety of rack-mounted signal processors like compressors, reverb units, and so on.   Signal Flow in a Digital Studio   At this point, it is important to have a clear understanding of Signal Flow…

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Music 265B Week 04 Studio Setup

PDF Version available HERE By this phase of the project, our song is finished, the instrumentation is set, the music has been prepared, the band members know their parts (or they are excellent sight-readers), and the studio facility has been booked. We are finally ready to work in the studio. Before the band gets there, the engineers & crew need to prepare the studio for their arrival. This task has a lot of complicated parts, so we will break it down into several sections. In this section, we will concern ourselves with preparing the Soundstage, Tracking Room, and/or Isolation Booth:…

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