What is the best way to combine songs into one track?
One of the challenges in a recording studio is creating the perfect sound. Sometimes, there is a need to take combine snippets from two tracks. Let’s discover the best way to combine songs into one track into one professional sound.
Combining tracks can be done, for example, if four “takes” of a lead vocal were recorded. There might be problems with different “takes”. The chorous might sound great in the first, but the verses might be out of tune or have some other problem.
The best way to fix the problem is to cut up one or more of the other takes, steal pieces from them and drop them into the main vocal track. This would eliminate the need to sing all day in order to get the perfect take.
How to make basic cuts and edits in recorded tracks
The cutting and editing process is identical on different recording software. This is how to do it in Garageband:
Drag the playback cursor to the exact part of the track you wish to cut.
Go to the edit menu and choose “split at play head” or the similar choice on your software.
Go to the end of the section you wish to cut and make another splice there in the same way.
The new section you have created by making these cuts is called a “region.”
If this is the section you would like to remove, highlight it and hit “delete” on your computer’s keyboard.
Now find the same section on another track and make cuts the same way. However, instead of deleting the region, go to the “edit” menu and choose “copy.”
Rinally, paste the clone into your main track to replace the region you deleted.
How to make a cut at the beginning and end of a section of vocal recording.
It is very important to understand the basic steps in making cuts in any vocal recording. The steps are to:
– delete the section you wish to remove.
– find another section that is a better take.
– copy and paste it into the exact section that was removed.
The image below shows how to make a cut at the beginning and end of a section of a vocal recording.
It’s as simple as that. All sound wave editing is based on this basic example.
How to duplicate sections in a recording to create wall to wall sound
To duplicate a section is to produce an identical version of it. The steps in duplication are similar to comping or combining sections. However, this time the aim is not to build a single, perfect track out of the pieces of other tracks.
Instead, the intent is opposite. To duplicate, you should take a single track, copy pieces of it, then paste the pieces into a new, separate track.
Why would you want to duplicate a track?
Duplication is useful when:
– you have one, decent full length take of an instrumental or vocal.
– you want to reuse that take and “fatten it up” in the chorus or verse of the song.
– you want to spread out that take and use it as a full stereo part for one of those sections of the song.
How to duplicate sounds
Duplication of a sound is based on simple editing technique. This is how it is done:
– First, make cuts in your single good track at every section of the song. THat is at the:
the beginning and end of each verse
beginning and end of each chorus
beginning and end of the bridge etc.
Next, use this technique to fatten up an instrumental or vocal for the choruses:
Create a new track in the recording software and drag it underneath the track you just cut into sections.
Highlight a repeat of the chorus that occurs later in the song on your main track.
Go to the “edit” menu and choose “copy.”
Highlight your new track and place the song position cursor at the beginning of the first chorus.
Go to the “edit” menu and choose “paste.”
Now your first chorus has a double or “clone” that you borrowed from your main track. In other words, you have have two vocals, (or instruments, if that’s what you decide to clone with a copy.)
Now pan one track “left” and the other “right” to spread them apart.
By copying and pasting a chorus from a later section onto a new track to play along with the main track’s first chorus, it’s exactly the same as if you had gone to the trouble of singing, or playing, two separate takes. But in fact you only actually had one take to begin with.
Source: Owen Critchley