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Remote Recording Sessions

LA GOLD RECORDS | REMOTE SESSIONS

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LA GOLD RECORDS | REMOTE SESSIONS
LA GOLD RECORDS | REMOTE SESSIONS

COVID-19 has had an impact on musicians and the recording of original music. Remote session recording is providing a positive way to stay connected and record music while remaining at home and social distancing. Today we will take you through the basics of remote recording sessions, some of the tools required as well as tips and tricks to help you get the best out of your sessions. We will be focusing on original songs as cover songs or tributes have other copyright issues to deal with beyond recording or performing of the material. 

What is Remote Session Recording?

Traditionally musicians would record their songs all in one room together sometimes even sharing the same mic. As technology improved, this gave way for larger track counts and multi-track recordings. Multi-track recording technology allowed musicians the option of recording track by track, re-recording a track or overdubbing a track.  Allowing each musician to track their parts separately or overdub any mistakes. With modern DAW’s you can do this at home, one track at a time. Visit our previous blog on DAW’s to help you pick the Daw for you. Modern DAW’s have made this even easier as the entire session can be emailed, uploaded to a forum and shared. The drummer can take the song structure or scratch tracks and record the foundation, then the rhythm tracks can be recorded followed by the lead and vocals. Keep the vocals and lead instruments till the last stage as they tend to rely on a solid rhythm foundation for better performance building on the rhythm tracks. Drums are essentially the foundation of the song and will keep the other musicians in time, and to the same meter.

Overdubbing the drums at the end is usually frowned upon and makes it harder to track, therefore, have the drums or rhythm tracks recorded first. If your song has no drums, a click track will help keep the musicians in time. Once the bed tracks are recorded, then you can either send the whole DAW project, bounce the tracks as stems or bounce a mixed down single file. If the other musicians are using the same DAW it is great to share the entire project as any changes can be kept in the DAW. Choose an export format that is easy to share such as a .wav file. This can easily be imported and supported by most major DAWS. 

Reamping with LA GOLD RECORDS

You can even remote reamp your tracks. Check out our article on how, why and REAMPING Services offered by LA GOLD RECORDS for Members Only.

Sample Rates

441 is great for cd quality sound, where 48khz is better for incorporating video. Here is a sweetwater blog post on the difference.

We recommend 48 as cd sampling rates are being replaced with streaming, and most video work is done in 48khz.

Credits:

Remember to give credit where credit is due. When someone performs on your original song you should include them in the credits on the liner notes. The same goes with original material, the author and song title must be included or else you may be subject to copy-write issues.

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