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Music Workshop It can be difficult sometimes to have the confidence to make your first song upload, so with this in mind we've decided to launch this new forum with a view to helping other members solve some of their music-making problems.

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Default Re: What is multi-tracking? How do I make a start? - 07-11-2008, 10:56 PM

Hi Spike,

Starting with a blank canvas.

I think it depends on whether you're doing a cover song, or an original.

I find the best way to start with a cover song is drums, (from an onboard style) and then bass. I find the bass the track is the one that needs nailing first, before moving on to the others. However, if you prefer to record other tracks first, then at least these can be muted when putting the bass down. I find with cover songs, (I did some pro midis back in the late 80's early 90's, Abba stuff and similar), that you need to work in a more methodical, disciplined way and have to try and completely finish each track, before moving onto another instrument. Of course, if you're doing your own interpretation of a cover song, then you can relax and be more flexible in your approach.

With an original, which is why I love doing them, you can just please yourself. I still start with one of the onboard drum styles, which are first class, and then usually hit the record button, and tinkle along with piano or el. piano until something happens. Then I usually always get the bass down.

This is just the way I work, but I'd like to hear how others approach their recordings.

Willie Joe for instance, is an experienced multi-tracker so would be nice to hear his working process. He doesn't own an arranger k/b, so I presume he has to record directly to an external PC sequencer.

One immediate advantage I can think of when recording directly into an external sequencer is that you only need to record a bar or two of drums, which can then be easily replicated across as many bars as you wish. If you're writing a composition from scratch using the onboard sequencer however, then you either have to try and play the whole piece, along with the drum backing, or record loads of blank bars with just drum beats.

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Default Re: What is multi-tracking? How do I make a start? - 08-11-2008, 11:02 AM

Thanks for that informaion Paul - if it's read with your first post you have provided enough for even a musical duffer like me to do it
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Default Re: What is multi-tracking? How do I make a start? - 23-03-2010, 07:29 PM

Just found your article and find it more than interesting...have printed out for easier digesting......only one big doubt re this "Cubase" which I know a lot of folk use.....I have directed my discs etc to the rubbish bin.....I tried different methods of loading....with and without AV , Firewalls etc. to no avail...completely jammed pc every time and what did load contained adware,and other doubtful objects....gave it away after five tries......am currently playing around with "audacity"...emphasis on the `playing around.` Interested in any comments ....Regards, Mardy.
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Default Re: What is multi-tracking? How do I make a start? - 23-03-2010, 07:53 PM

Cubase should load direct from it's disc and should be free of any virus etc (unless it's a pirate copy) so why would you bin the disc? There certainly shouldn't be any adware on a program disc. A purchased disc will have nothing on it other than Cubase.
Audacity doesn't do what Cubase does - yes you can record audio with Audacity but you can do it with more control with Cubase. For midi sequencing Cubase does it all whereas Audacity does nothing.
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Default Re: What is multi-tracking? How do I make a start? - 03-07-2010, 09:49 AM

Thanks Pul. Great article. But I am still stumbling at an earlier stage, i.e., getting my sequencer - Logic - to properly recognise midi data from my Tyros 2. I find that chords and melodies - which are transmitted on tracks 1 through 8 - are received ok in Logic, but that Style/ACMP data - which are transmitted on channels 9 through 16 - are not. The Style/ACMP data always sounds garbled and produces odd plonks and sqeaks in the higher octaves up above C5. I'm sure the problem lies in Logic but I just can't figure it out. Does anyone know the secret ? Thanks. Chris
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Default Re: What is multi-tracking? How do I make a start? - 05-07-2010, 09:48 AM

Hi Chris,

If you drop Mark Styles a PM, he should be able to help as he is a Logic user.

His profile area is here: The Lone Arrangers Keyboard Forum - View Profile: Mark Styles

You'll see a 'Send Message' menu where you can PM him.

Hope you get it sorted.

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Default Re: What is multi-tracking? How do I make a start? - 23-03-2012, 01:46 AM

Great information, I'm glad I found it. It's in the back pocket for when I get a chance to try it out. Looking forward to it now I have a better idea what it might do

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Default Re: What is multi-tracking? How do I make a start? - 09-04-2012, 09:05 PM

Thanks for the feedback. It's really appreciated!

I hope you do find the time to explore multi-tracking in this way. It's a bit like comparing Microsoft Paint with Photoshop. MS Paint is basic, but still fuctional whereas Photoshop opens up endless possibilities. It's the same with a computer sequencer. Once you get to grips with the basics, just like any other software program, then you can really get creative with the program.

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