Please Explain Multitrack Recording to a Multitrack Recording Virgin
September 29, 2012 7:14 AM Subscribe
If you can only record one track at a time via audio recording software (e.g. Ableton), why did I buy an interface that allows me to record two mics and an electric guitar simultaneously?
posted by DMelanogaster to media & arts (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I bought a Lexicon Lambda interface and got it to work with Ableton. Then, from our DUH department, realized I can of course arm and record only one track at a time. So why do I have two mics and an electric guitar plugged in simultaneously, when only one of those will be recorded at a time?
Tune me perplexed. I thought the whole idea in multitrack recording was to record each voice and instrument on separate tracks so you could mix them properly afterward.
Am I "supposed" to be doing multiple takes where each time I'm just recording one of those and the others are just "dummies", playing but not recording, rehearsing but really waiting to take their turns going "live" on their separate tracks?
But how is that even possible, in that, when we're each singing our parts, even though only my mic is recording, the other person's voice is going to come through even though his mic isn't turned on, because we're in the same room? is there supposed to be "bleeding" when two people are singing together, even if you record them on separate mics?
My goal, if this is not clear within my befuddlement, is to wind up with three separate tracks recorded: (Track 1) my voice; (Track 2) my partner's voice, and (Track 3) an electric guitar part, all playing and singing harmoniously. I think. Really, my goal is to do whatever the standard thing is to do when you are making a recording with two voices and an electric guitar.
I feel as if I have missed the entire philosophy of audio recording.