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Digital Audio Recording Tutorials:

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  • Configuring Windows Volume Control (basic): For users with entry-level sound cards. Most entry-level cards do not come with their own software mixer; they use the Windows Mixer (Volume Control) instead. This tutorial shows you how to select Line In as the recording source, and how to adjust recording and playback volumes. view tutorial

  • Recording & Playback Setup (basic): Whichever sound card you use, configuring N to work with your sound card is one of the first things you'll want to do. This tutorial shows you how to select 16- or 24-bit recording/playback, and how to choose your recording mode (mono, stereo, 2 mono tracks). Setup for Playback is usually done once (to match your sound card) and left alone. Setup for Recording, however, may change for every track you record. (TIP: You can select the recording mode either using the Recording VU or the red button on each track in the Timeline.) view tutorial

  • Selecting Track Bar Elements (intermediate): Most recording software will give you the ability to customize the look and feel of much of the GUI (graphical user interface). One area that most of us find helpful to tweak is the Trackbar Header (far left of the Timeline). This software specific tutorial shows you how to enable/disable the many elements available to you. (TIP: Disabling VU Meters saves precious CPU cycles!) view tutorial

  • Adding SIR to Aux 1 (intermediate): Ready to add reverb to your song? The SIR reverb plug-in is one of our favorites, and an Aux is usually the appropriate place to add it. This tutorial covers...
    • Importing a WAV file
    • Adding SIR to Aux 1
    • Loading an Impulse into SIR
    • Configuring SIR for use on an Aux
    • Setting Aux Send and Aux Return
    • Drawing Aux 1 Send Volume Evolutions
    • Zooming In to make critical Evolution adjustments view tutorial

  • Rendering MIDI to WAV Using Sfz: (advanced) Sfz is a great freebie that makes using SoundFonts easy. This tutorial covers...
    • Adding Sfz to a MIDI channel
    • Importing an existing MIDI file
    • Directing MIDI output to Sfz
    • Rendering Sfz output to WAV view tutorial

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