I like that.
The sound was very good and I am interested in hearing about your detailed process of recording using Audacity.
Do you have the free or Pro version of Audacity?.
Am I correct in thinking that you do not record your trombone into a file for use in the Band-in-a-Box program?
Do you record the BiaB backing direct into Audacity or via your speakers?
Do you use earphones?
This is an area where I am extremely lacking in knowledge. I have only recently decided to try and master the process of recording myself.
Thanks for your kind compliment and your interest, Grah. You've always demonstrated a willingness on this Forum to share your knowledge and I think it's very admirable. I'll try to answer your questions point by point.
1) "Do you have the free or Pro version of Audacity?"
I have the free version. I didn't even know there was
a pro version. Now you have me
2) "Am I correct in thinking that you do not record your trombone into a file for use in the Band-in-a-Box program?"
Correct. I know there is possibly a better way, but what I feel most comfortable doing is to save my BiaB accompaniment file as a wave file in Audacity. I usually add some amplification to it once it's saved. I then play that accompaniment wave file through my stereo system with the volume down as low as possible. I record into that wave file with Audacity - what I call - "karaoke-style". I'll keep all of my efforts and use the best of how ever many takes it requires for me to get the best product. In this case, I used the Audacity compressor to level the highs. Then I adjusted my sound for the mic by dropping the lows from the 200hz point on a curve to -12db and I gave it a nudge on a curve from the 2000 through the 5000hz area by +3db. I don't really want to do those things, but I feel I have to to restore my sound. I then give it a small, dark room reverb if the accompaniment sounds wet and it did, so I did.
3) "Do you record the BiaB backing direct into Audacity or via your speakers?"
No. Not necessary, since it's already been saved as a wave file.
4) "Do you use earphones?"
No. I know I should. I know I should just hit the record button on BiaB. I've tried. But I really do not like using even 1/2 of a headphone set. I suppose I could get an even cleaner recording the right
way, but since I'm doing this for my own entertainment and not for commercial work, I get pretty good household-quality results.
Please either feel free to use this thread or open another with what you are learning about recording using BiaB! I have no problem at all with this thread turning into a mish-mosh of my "rendition" efforts and/or BiaB.
In a subsequent post, I'll put up the lead sheets I devised for "Under The Boardwalk". It's a work-in-progress. I need to enhance my second run-through to make it a bit different from my first run-through. But for now, I just repeat.