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ShannonB / Shannon Bannister 3mo+19dy ago
Can markers only be use to write comments on a certain section of a file? Can you download only the marked section of a song? Don't laugh, I have painstakingly been trying to record a song in sections just so I can work on my timing. I have been putting my headphones directly on my microphone to block out as much noise as possible! Oh well, what else am I going to do with my time? :)))) <3 to all my pozers!


     

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VocalRun   commented 3mo+19dy ago


You want to loop a section? If I was doing it and I'm supremely lazy, I would download the entire track and do a snap to measure and snap it before and after the section and then make the section a loop and move it left and then hit the loop feature on the track or elongate it and it should have your section looped.

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jjt   commented 3mo+19dy ago


ShannonB, What software are you using to record (or hardware, if that's the case)?

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ShannonB   commented 3mo+19dy ago


Audacity, and I am not proficient. Focusrite interface with Scarlet headphones for the music part. I'm using earbuds for recording voice because I had some bleeding the last time I tried to record vocals with headphones; that's not normal, so it could have been a fluke.

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VocalRun   commented 3mo+18dy ago


you need some closed back phones. 1 in 10 pair actually last. Just a statistic I happen to know.

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ShannonB   commented 3mo+18dy ago


Plus a quiet house;that's the real difficulty. ;) Not the bleeding earphones, but sectioning off the music.

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VocalRun   commented 3mo+18dy ago


I have vocals that were recorded during a park walk. 15-20 minutes. Now, with everyone home, it's tougher.

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jjt   commented 3mo+18dy ago


I don't use microphones much, since I don't sing, but I did spend the last couple of weekends consolidating my and my daughters musical spaces into one room to make room for my fiance to have some space to work from home. I was very proud of myself: by plugging a single USB cable into a laptop, that laptop is connected to every audio or MIDI device in the room. So quiet isn't really the problem. Scheduling time in my own studio is. :-S

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ShannonB   commented 3mo+18dy ago


It's basically the same problem. :))) Check out PeterRand's All I Need. That is the project I am currently working on. And after all this, he may hate the whole thing. :) But at least I'm trying new things! :) So, I'm trying to sing to each section, providing both vocal seps and mixes, and posting my progress a little at a time, since I don't know when I will get back to it between now and April 1, when my husband goes back to work. Thanks both of you for your help and encouragement. It's quite a ride, isn't it!

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jjt   commented 3mo+18dy ago


Hey, yeah, keep trying new things! Most definitely. One note, though: When submitting seps to projects, it's usually best to sync them to the start time, which is to say, have your submitted track start at the same time as the track you're adding to, even if the majority of the resulting track is silence. In this case singing to a looped section is better than trimming. JJ.

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ShannonB   commented 3mo+18dy ago


I'm going to end up singing over the whole track anyway. :) Probably no spin-off, though, since I didn't write any part of the song. At least there will be a sample in the archives.

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jjt   commented 3mo+18dy ago


Nah, don't go there. You underestimate your fellow composers, and yourself. You'll get this.

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jjt   commented 3mo+18dy ago


I'm not sure what you're doing with the headphones and microphone. Are you trying to re-record a section of a song? I think that the way to do what you want is to load the song in question into Audacity using file... Open, decide which section you want looped, and then either: 1. trim away the excess audio on wither side of the section in question, or 2. loop the section in question. This video shows how to do both: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_CLDVKjIvQ

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jjt   commented 3mo+18dy ago


If you're open to different DAW options, REAPER is a good one and I believe it's free to use or $60 to register. For $75, you can get Mixcraft Recording Studio, which is the starter version of what I use. The reason I like Mixcraft is that it's good, cheap, and comes with a lot of plugins and virtual instruments to get you started. When they release a new version of Mixcraft, they give extremely reasonable upgrade offers to existing customers. REAPER: http://www. reaper.fm Mixcraft: http://www.acoustica.com

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VocalRun   commented 3mo+18dy ago


Doing this in Audacity takes like 1000 times longer than performing the same exercise in MixCraft.

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jjt   commented 3mo+18dy ago


Ahoy, matey! Another Mixcraft user?

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VocalRun   commented 3mo+17dy ago


Yep. Easy Peasy. I don't mix though so it's just for vocal tracking, and when I do guitar, I run the Eleven Rack fx into MC. With keys, I put the MC synth sounds in for what I played on the piano because they sound better than my Yamaha Arius in piano emulated sounds.

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ShannonB   commented 3mo+18dy ago


Just the pictures scared me! I'm more of a songwriter, anyway. But someday, maybe.

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jjt   commented 3mo+18dy ago


It makes sense sooner than you'd think. They have videos to help you with the basics.