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Jon Loder

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  1. Jon Loder

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    I've added some of the suggestions. We plan on re-recording the piano tomorrow. The pianist realizes that she needs to leave some room. There's also one more backup singer and we'll use a different bass player. I tried to EQ the track we have but it's just not there above 300hz. I think I got the snare tamed with a notch reduction around 400hz. I also panned a few things around and added a touch of reverb on the vocals. I automated the backup singers on a bus for volume changes. I think I'm getting close. This is a great forum. Thanks guys. I appreciate the help more than I can say.
  2. That all makes sense. Thanks scook.
  3. I watched the Creative Sauce instructional on YouTube. He said that ASIO is important enough that you should use ASIO4All if your device doesn't have it. I typically record with a workstation (Tascam DP24Sd) and transfer the files into Cakewalk for mixing and mastering. Since I don't usually record with Cakewalk, does it matter if I just use my DAC (Peavey USB-P) without ASIO? The reason I ask is because I got it working but now, when I have a video playing (YouTube, Netflix, etc) I can't do anything in Cakewalk without crashing the sound drivers in the browser.
  4. Jon Loder

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    I have no complaints about the Tascam. It's very easy to use. I just keep the peaks around -6db or so. Noise ratio seems to be zero issue. The tracks go into Cakewalk completely raw. I don't even use compression in the Tascam. I didn't think the drums were an issue until you guys mentioned it. The snare does appear to be a bit intrusive. I'll try some selective EQ and see if I can notch it down some. Other than that, maybe I'll take another run at trying to get the MIDI out to work. We're planning on re-recording the piano part Sunday. I'll try the two-mic method. I've watched a few instructional vids on grand piano mic'ing. It seems like the only proper way to do it is with expensive stuff. The bass is attenuated quite a bit. There's no punch to it. We're probably going to have a different bass player on this one. He just verified that he'd do it.
  5. Jon Loder

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    The drums are on a single track. I would like to do something about that but, for now, that's what we're capable of. The recording is being done on a Tascam DP24-SD. The workflow is basically having the piano, lead singer and one backup singer record live and use those 3 tracks for a headphone mix. Then we record the individual parts using a Sennheiser e935 mic. The piano is a Yamaha grand with a single Sennheiser e835. My preference would be to use a click track but the pianist does the arrangement and she needs some latitude with tempo changes. It's her call. I'm working on creating a temp map in Cakewalk but, for some reason, the markers aren't selectable for me. I can't move them to the transients.
  6. Jon Loder

    Newbie project

    The drums are an issue. My recording equipment is kind of limited. Our drum kit is a Pintech with an old Roland module. I think there's a problem with the MIDI output. I can't seem to get any signal to the interface. I gave up on that and allowed the drummer to balance the kit and I mic'd his monitor speaker. It's not the best option but, without some expensive equipment and acoustic drums, I think it's the best I can do. I suppose the easiest option would be to replace the module and go MIDI. Thanks, guys. I'll post some progress shortly. Jon
  7. Jon Loder

    Newbie project

    The general assessment seems to align with what I first thought. That is, very busy. It's everything, everyone, all the time. It's musical information shooting at the brain like a garden hose aimed at a shot glass. The bass player is relatively new at it. He has a lot to learn. I've been trying to get him to be more punchy. I don't think he knows how to adjust pups, tones, gain, etc. I'll work on that. I tried the high-pass filter last night. Mostly on the piano but a little on every track. It really brightened things. Great trick. Gotta remember to do that. I'm relying mostly on presets in the Pro Channel for starting points. I panned the backup vocals and found that it makes a huge difference. I didn't expect that. You mentioned keeping bass and vocal elements in the middle. Is there a general rule for what goes where for a starting point? I need to figure out track automation so I can get the backup singers balanced. I'll be working on learning that today. Thanks for the help. It means a lot. Jon
  8. Jon Loder

    Newbie project

    I've been recording with a Tascam DP24-SD and transferring to Cakewalk for mixing. Now that I've got the workflow down, I really need to learn how to use cakewalk. I've got some of the basics down but I'm having trouble getting things polished. Here's my first attempt: (there's some dead space at the beginning for intro) I've already used Melodyne to tighten up (and fix a few clinkers) the vocals. I've also turned on the "Pro Strip" and selected some defaults. I could use some suggestions for where to go next with processing. Also, I can't seem to get a tempo map. I can get the transients to show up but I can't select the markers to drag them.
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