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Whether one is producing music, podcasts, game sounds, or film sound effects, Digital Audio Principles provides the tips and techniques that will make the project a success. Author Dave Schroeder explains the basics of digital audio production techniques and covers the essential hardware and software. He also discusses sound theory, frequency response, the range of human hearing, and dynamic range.
So now I want to record my voiceover track and overdub it, but first we need to talk about the Record Input Monitor mode, or modes. Basically, there are two. There is one called Input Only, and then there is another called Auto Input. Now Input Only means that when we're in Record mode, we're going to only hear what's at that input. And let me go ahead; I'm going to arm the voice track. I'm going to bring this fader down. I've got the level set, so we did that before we started the movie. So, we're good to go. There you can see, there I am. I exist in the meter as I speak to you. Fabulous! So, I'm going to bring this up a little bit, and you're going to be able to hear me.
It's going to be a little weird, but that's kind of cool. In Input mode, we can always only hear what's at the input. So, in this case, we're always going to hear my voice coming through the microphone, whether we're recording, playing back, or sitting still like we are right now. Let me show you. Let me make sure we're in Input Only Monitoring mode. We hit Play, check, I'm still there, and we'll also be able to hear our drum beat.
I'm still there. So that's good! Then if we go in and record that track, I'm still there; you can still hear me. Fabulous! So that's Input Only mode. Now, the other mode is called Auto Input mode. We'll go up here and select that. What that means is when we're sitting still, like we are now, we'll hear what's at the input. And when we're recording, or in Record mode, we'll also hear what's at the input.
But as soon as we start to play back, we'll actually hear what's in the track. So, if there is another track here and a different voice track, we'll hear that back. I'll actually record a little something here in Auto Input mode to show you. (Dave: This is Auto Input mode. Very exciting!) So, that was easy. We recorded and you could hear me, but now when we go to play back, you'll notice that I disappear from the mic. Now, I'm talking in to my track like an input, but when I hit Play, now I'm gone.
See, we hear what's already there. It is very exciting! So did you catch that? We were listening to the playback instead of the input of that track. So, those are the two modes: Input mode and Auto Input mode. Now the reason this exists is because Auto Input mode is really convenient when you're doing things like punching in and out recording, which I'll show you in the next session, and it's also convenient when you're taking a lot of takes and you want to listen back to what you just took without going in and out of Record Arm mode. So, I can do that, take a few different times, and every time I do it, I can just zero in on it, (Dave: This is Auto Input mode.) and give it a listen back.
The reason Input Monitoring is cool is that sometimes you have a couple of tracks laid down, and you want to rehearse along with it; you want to sing along to the track or play that solo over the basic tracks, and you can pipe it in, sit here at your computer, play along, and actually hear the input. Without actually recording it, you just make it play back and you get to hear yourself. That's where Input Only mode is really cool. It's good to know about the differences between Input Only and Auto Input mode when you're recording. You'll find it's useful to switch between the two modes based on what type of recoding you're doing.
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