#AtoZchallenge — R is for Recording

Posted by admin on 20th April 2013 in Techniques

Back in the early ’90s when I recorded “Songs for the Numb” on a Tascam 1/2-inch analog (they put the anal in analog!), you had to get your parts correct or do it again. Mixing was like playing twister, and it had to be done right and in real time… or you did it again.

Songs for the Numb by compulsives

Songs for the Numb by compulsives

Holy Phil Spector Batman!  How times have changed! I am now beginning to record my first album in 20 years. I am recording to my computer using amazingly powerful and wondrous software called Ableton Live.

Ableton Live 9 -- amazing tools for the 21st century!

Ableton Live 9 — amazing music creation/recording/performing tools for the 21st century!

With my poor track record of finding dependable bandmates. Ableton allows me to be the band and record high quality. Many professionals use ProTools, but for my requirements, Ableton Live will allow me to record professional sounding albums in the days ahead.

Once the songs are recorded, I use Sound Forge Pro 10 to achieve stellar finished product. I have used early versions of this superb tool, and the new version takes it to a whole new level. Amazing how much things have changed for the better… but ultimately you still have to have the songs and it still helps to get your parts right. Although now you can fix mistakes with amazing ease… keeps productivity high!

Masterful Mastering Software: Sound Forge Pro 10

Masterful Mastering Software: Sound Forge Pro 10

 

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