THE BEST KEPT SECRET… In this post I bring to you a most useful tool that you can use for all your recordings. It’s recording the recording. I know, you are reading this and wondering what I possibly might be talking about. What I mean by this is, recording a memo… verbally. You all ready have a mic at hand because you are mixing or mastering your songs, right? Take it a step further. I have to tell you I often find it hard to write down a sound! A lot of times when I begin writing a song, I might hum the tune or scat the vocals. How in the world do I put that on paper? What if I am away from the studio, no guitar or drum kit in site. Dang…how do I get that tune in my head and into the studio when I am ready. It’s simple, record it! Take a verbal memo. Heck, most cell phones have recorders on it. Use it! Don’t let that song get away! When you get back to the studio, just export that memo to your hard drive and you are ready to go. Here some ideas:
- Take that memo, import it into your DAW software as a track. Use this along with your scratch track, add to it as you go along.
- In your studio and your coming up with a slew of ideas, setup a MEMO track, hit record and start taking notes about your song. Keep that memo track with your project when you save it. Don’t forget to mute it so it’s not in your mix down. You can take it a step further and export the memo track as a stem. Keep it in a safe place for future reference.
- Another tip, make a recording of the recording (your song) with (voice-over) memo notes. Save it and keep it in a safe place. If you happen to loose your original project, you will have notes on how to record the mix again.
These are just some thought, the options are endless. Save yourself some time in the studio!!