Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Delay effects and recording depth

Last night I watched the video lectures on delay effects. Then I experimented with the instructor's recommendations. I learned that delayed echos of 80-90 ms can create a sense of depth (and warmth). So I experimented with this a bit.

It seems to work really well with the guitar, but not so well with my voice. So I'm definitely going to start adding this effect to the background music.

But I'm going to need to experiment further before I would be comfortable adding any effects to my voice.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Experimenting with a sound editor

As I mentioned before, I'm taking a course titled, Introduction to Music Production. This course  has gotten me to try a new sound editing program, Studio One, and experiment with different settings for recording sound. And I've discovered a couple of surprising things.

1. Not all of the clicks that plagued my recording were mouth noise. Many were corrupted data caused by having my sampling rate too low. Raising the sampling rate from the 41kHz to 48kHz seems to reduce the number of clicks significantly. This will save me a lot of time in post-production.

2. In order to get the microphone and headphones working together in Studio One, I had to create a combined midi instrument in the Midi Setup program. Strange and unexpected thing with this configuration, it reduced the gain in the software to zero, which eliminated a lot of the white noise in my recording.

In other words, I'm think this course is going to help me produce better quality recordings, and that makes me happy.