CHAPTER 4. COOL EDIT:
Importing Mp3 and recording your guitars !!!
In this chapter I will explain how to work with your Cool edit program. Remember that in last chapter we obtain all the tracks from our song. It means that we have for instance one bass-track, another snare-track, another ride-track etc. So we can work with lot of tracks (I think I always work with almost 20 tracks XD).
Well, I like to say that first of all I work with a fast-mixed-BT of the song. So I get only 1 track that I use like a guide to record my guitars. I say that it's ONLY A GUIDE. When I finish the guitar recording I mute this track and I use all the individual tracks to get perfect control of the mix.
But now let's go... ARE YOU READY??!!! (hehehe)
In next example those are all the tracks that I'm gonna use. As you can see they are a lot of Mp3 files:
Now please open your COOL EDIT =)
Now I'm gonna select the files that I did in last chapter, so take a look, those are the files:
Then click on the files and put them directly into the desired track, in my example in track 25:
You can do this step a lot of times. In my usual backing tracks I use a lot of tracks, every one with one instrument, see that example, I really put lot of tracks here
Now I'd like to explain some tricks to make your mixing easy. I'm talking about an easier way to modify the volume and the panning.
Look the blue and green lines and the white squares. (If you cannot see them just click on the menu in the place were I put the yellow arrow).
You ca click on the white squares and modify the pan or volumen of the selected track without altering the original Mp3. That's great if you want some "fade in" or "fade out" effect for instance.
Well, now we are already to record our guitars, so what may we do?? just select the track and click REC
I like to divided my tracks to put all in order so I use 2 tracks for the Right Rithm guitar (panning 100% right), 2 for the Left Rythm Guitar (panning 100% left), and same for harmonized melodies. For my it works and I feel more safe using this procedure.
See this example:
OK, now it's time to save the session, it's really important so try to save it every 20 minutes or less... or for instance if you recorded a great solo !!!
to do that just go to FILE and save the session (I hope no pictures are necesary )
Ok, when I recorded all the guitars and I put all the tracks in the mix with the correct paning and volume I do a a mix, let's go:
Now this is the file with all the tracks mixed :
That's all, we finally obtain our song. Now we can do some mastering but I will explain it in other lesson, now it's time to save our song and take a breath, hehehe, the hardest job is still finished !!!
Ok, thanks to all, see you !!!!!