How To Record A Song From Scratch - Getting Started - RecordingRevolution.comFeb 21, 2022
hi buddy Graham here from Recording Revolution and today im starting a new series on how to
scratchthis will be perfect for you if you are an absolute beginner or just starting to dip your toes in the water of
recording and mixing music at home so in this particular video I'm going to walk you through what you need to get
startedand how to set up your session and get your idea into your software from
scratch. before you even develop the rest of the recording you might like me to write your own music so right now i've been working on a
songand i have a little idea now i want to have this idea on my computer so i don't forget and then i want to turn it into a full song now what you'll need to record music from home is very very simple and lucky for you this is the best time to make music so it's insanely affordable you're going to need a computer, I assume you already have one.
In fact the computer you already have is perfect for this don't go out and buy a new computer so use what you have you will need an audio interface which is the box that allows you to plug in your guitars and microphones and keyboards and plug them into your computer i'm going to use focusrite scarlett there's just a simple usb audio interface $99 sounds amazing one of my favorite companies it's hard to beat this deal you're going to need at least one microphone ideally a large diaphragm condenser microphone but can also be a dynamic microphone. I will be using a Behringer b1.
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This is the original microphone that I bought for my home studio over 15 years ago and still have it. I still love it and continue to use it. today $99 new mic very very simple you will need some headphones or studio monitors to listen to your recording and for me I am going to use the K RK k NS 8400 s I also have the 6400 these are great great headphones but really any adphone will work preferably with closed-back headphones, which means no open clutter here. It will help eliminate bleeding. If you're recording into the microphone, it picks up stuff on your headphones that you really don't want. to record and finally you will need a recording software which is usually called digital audio workstation da W and there are many free ones on the market if you are starting today. to use Pro Tools first, this is an absolutely free version of Pro Tools.
I usually use the regular version of Pro Tools, but throughout this series I'm going to show you how you can do it with a free copy of Pro Tools first. the options can be GarageBand if you're on a Mac or audacity or something like that that's all you need to get
startednow what I'm going to do is create a new session within Pro Tools first and record my idea so don't forget and set up the session so it's ready to build on top of the rest of my song ok let's start making some music now the first thing I want to do is create a guide track that will have a couple of key elements that will make the rest of the process make recording much easier so let's load first let's load our software first I'm going to load Pro Tools would you open whatever your software is let's create a new session mine doesn't have a name yet so I'll call it new song in a and now i have a new blank session here in pro tools now what i want to do first is make sure that pro tools my software is talking to my interface i want to make sure i have the correct output and setup of the mo tor audio Looks like I have the scarlett USB only set up here, so we're good to go that way. next i want to get a click track or metronome track within my session this is because playing on a click track will give me a lot of consistency and consistency if the whole band comes in and plays one at a time or if just Is it me or is it just you recording each part yourself you're playing at the same tempo over and over again so we want to make sure that's the right tempo and that we have one of those clip tracks in place.
I'm going to go here to track, create a click track, and hear what the current tempo is in this session, okay? they asked me a bit about my song and what we can do is change the tempo. I'm going to go ahead and look at the transport window here, pull that up and I'm going to uncheck the tracks for this driver. We're in a manual tempo mode, and right here you can see the tempo is at 120. I have no idea what the tempo of my song is, but there's a cool thing about Pro Tools: you can find out the exact tempo of your song by playing it.
All I have to do is click. in here find the T key on my keyboard and then hum the song while I play the letter T in time with almost quarter notes for the song boom boom boom boom boom boom boom so it seems like 70 BPM is over my tempo let's listen to the sounds ok for me now that my tempo is set i can start recording what i call the scratch track now ok this is kind of an instrument that is the main hook of the song that tells you what to play with which it doesn't have to be perfect because you're going to re-record it later or record it with different instruments later in my in case all I have now is the lead guitar riff so I'm going to play it in time with a tempo and create a loop from it of it that I could also play if I wanted to or at least I can build my song around it so the first thing I want to do is create a track for which I'm going to go to the new track and I want to make a mono audio track a mono is very important here po Because my source is mono which means it's a cable connection I'll probably use instead of two cables usually you want to record mono tracks because you have the mic that's going to be a mono track you'd only record in stereo if you had two mics that you would like to include in a track, such as drum overdrives or a stereo guitar like we have two mics or if you get a keyboard with two cables. out, but it would be two inputs, this will be just one input, so we'll go to the mono audio track for today.
What I want to do is rename this track so that it doesn't create audio files called audio 1 1 or audio 1 2. it would be very hard to find the audio if I need to go back and get it later, so I'll name it something more memorable like guitar scratch and now i need to plug in my guitar. I'm going to use my acoustic guitar for this scratch part and I'm not even going to mic it because it doesn't have to be pretty. I'm literally going to plug an instrument cable into the side of my guitar and then plug it into input 2 on my Scarlett Interface, which is the instrument input.
I need to change the line level input. at instrument level because this is an instrument level signal not keyboard or line level or outboard gear signals it's a little bit different and then i'll increase the gain so it's at an appropriate level let's see if we're
gettingany signal the interface at least looks good, so now all we have to do is make sure the track inside Pro Tools is ready to record. I want to make sure my input is set to interface input in this case because that's where I've plugged my guitar in and then I want to record enable track and see if we're
gettingsignal inside Pro Tools looks like we're good to go so now all i'm going to do is hit record and play for about eight bars so i feel like i got a decent hook pass and we'll see what we got right without recording abel that and i think the first half was pretty bad i missed one note or two so let's see if we can just find the second half yeah let's break that up with a B key select the first half and delete it and Then let's go ahead and drag this back to bar 2 we'll leave a countdown bar and then I'll go ahead and trim it again so I have a full 4 bar loop here we go so now this is something I could loop by holding down the D command and now I have 4 times through the dolls up and we're ready to go now you can build the song you could record a pass of the entire song from start to finish this is all i have right now in the writing phase so i'll keep it in this loop but now i have the tempo pretty close to where i want to have it.
I could always adjust this later and I have at least one guitar track to give. I hooked the vibe of the song and I'm ready to start building my actual session, but before you go I want to give you a treat. It's something I call my six steps to a radio-worthy song. as my gift to you that will help you walk through the six steps that you absolutely must follow every time you want to create a song that you want to share with the world radio ready w or radio worthy of the term I use for a benchmark in terms of how good is the quality of a song in terms of production, recording, mixing all of that, whether it's going to be on the radio or not, this guide will help you. walks you through everything step by step and its absolutely free to get just go to radio ready guide.com we will put the link below in the description box and here on the screen it will give you a great frame if you are new to recording mixing or producing of music in the home studio, it will guide you from beginning to end, so check it out on radio-ready guy.com until the next video, my friend, have fun, make great music, subscribe: these videos are helpful and help us see you in part 2 of the series
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