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3. Action: Recording drums and bass.

Ingredients: Roadmap, MIDI file, scratch vocal.

Explanation: If you've got a band, let the players hear the MIDI demo, and give them the song roadmap and chord charts (for the bass player). Make sure they understand the feel of the song. Set upyour sequencerorcomputer so that they hear both the accompaniment instrument you recorded and the scratch vocal.

Enable the metronome on your sequencer so that the drummer has a click track to base himself on. Record the drums. The metronome is only necessary if you are recording live drums or recording drums in MIDI played on a keyboard.

If you are recording drums from a machine or program, you won't need to use a metronome. Quite the opposite, you will want to humanize the feel of the drum parts. Do this by varying the volumes of each of the notes, as well as by shifting some notes slightly off the beat. Most sequencers have a"humanize" function that does this automatically.

Result: Your drum tracks are recorded / sequenced.

See article on How to Record Your Song If You Don't Play All the Instruments... or Any

Next 4. Record the piano, guitars and other rhythm instruments.

 

 

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