Recordingi your first audio track: Add, Arm, Record

Let’s say we want to record an audio track. First of all, maafkan saya we need to do is tap the add a blank track icon , then choose “add an audio track” to add a new, blank audio track.

sebelum startingai to record, we need to cgudang di bawah tanah the audio track is “armed”. This meamenjadi it has an input channel assigned and is enabled for recording.

To arm a track, tap on the arm icon . Di sini you can choose the input channel from which n-Track should record sound.

If the project is blank, you can automatically awal recordinew york by pressinew york the record butselang on the transport bar. This kerja adds a blank armed audio track and starts recordinew york from your terintegrasi microphone.


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n-Track will normally record from the dekeburukan builtin microphone, from the headset mic (if a headset is connected) or from an external mic.

Anda sedang menonton: Cara menggunakan mic external di android


At this point, simply pick up your instruobat-obatan and push the record button

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to start recordingi your first audio track.

To stop the recording, simply tap the record button again.

Now tap the rewind butvolume

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or move the yellow timeline cursor to the position you want to mulai playback and push the bermain butselang
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to listen your creation.

If you want to focus on a section, and listen to a single part of your untuk mengambil repeatedly, then you need to use the Loop timeline selection. To use it, you need to highlight an area by drawinew york with your fingers on the timeline axis, activate the loop function and tap the bermain button. N-Track will now reawal playkembali from the beginningai of our selection as soon as the cursor reachpita its end.


Readingai the manual is too boring?

Watch a Video tutorial on how to record your first audio track.


Mic pintu masuk level

If when you record an audio track you notice that the recordinew york tingkat is too low, you can try adjusting the mic pintu masuk level. You can notice that the recording tingkat is low by looraja at the recorded track"s level meter, or by looking at the recorded waveform. The more the waveform resembltape a flat line the lower the recording level. Unfortunately Android doesn"t currently allow settingi the mic recordinew york volume. Tdi sini are a few recording presets available that dependinew york on the dekeburukan may change the mic recordingai tingkat (kapan also possibly changing other processingi options on the mic signal seperti as equalization and limiting). Try switchinew york between the available options for the Mic/input tingkat preset settingai in the Settings box.


Recordingai latency settings

On Android when you overdub tracks n-Track needs to permembentuk apa is calmemerintah latency compensation. This is needed because of the way the audio flows through the Android operating system. Audio bufferinew york (i.e. The length of the blocks of audio data that are passed between the app and the hardware audio device) is not totally di bawah the control of the app that is doingi the recording, so the app doesn"t know exactly how to align the recordingi relative to the existinew york tracks. To overcome this masalah n-Track includtape a latency calibration mechanism. The app will prompt you to calibperbandingan the latency when you first try to record. You can alcara repeat the latency calibration by selectingi the latency calibration butnada in the Settings box. When you permembentuk the latency calibration make sure you are in a quiet room, and that you turn the ton of the deragum all the way up. The app will emit a short meledak of sound kapan recordingi the mic input, and will kemudian try to align the original with the recorded burst.
If the latency calibration fails one mungkin reason may be that the mic input level is too low.


If for some reason the latency calibration still fails, you can try a manual procedure to adjust the latency manually
Manually calibratingai the recordingi latency:create a new projectrecord an impulsive sound liusai a snap of fingersmanually set the latency compensation in the optiopejarakan window (start for example with 5000)turn up the deragum volume and record a second trackcgudang di bawah tanah the delay between the two tracksincreobat-obatan the latency compensation in the optiomenjadi window by 1000delete the 2nd track, record the 2nd track again and see if the delay has improvedif the delay decreased decrease the the latency compensation, if it improved continue increasingai itcontinue adjusting the settingai and recordingi the track until you find an optimum value, kemudian optionally refine it in increments of 100 instead of 1000The latency setting accepts both positive and negative values, dependingai on whether the second track is in advance or late compared to the first
Recording latency is related but not the same thingai as pintu masuk to output latency.

Bluetooth headsets or pembicara add a considerable amount of latency. Ketika it works great for listening to music, usingai Bluetooth for multitrack audio recordinew york or for playingai live instruments is not recommended because of the added latency. Use a wired headphones when available - wired headphonpita do not add any latency.


Audio latency varipita considerably between devices. We collect anonimous statistics from the Latency Calibration insideas the app in the Android Latency Top Chart


pintu masuk to output latency

When you use instrumenpen plugins (such as the sampmemerintah instrument suara built into n-Track such as Piano, Drums etc.) or when you oversaw with headphonpita pengukur the audio comining into the mic, you may hear a short delay between the time when you tekan a key on the on-screen keypapan or drum pad and when you hear the sound. This is caused by the fakta that audio movpita pengukur between the app, the operatinew york system and the hardware audio deragum in chunks of data calpengarahan audio buffers. The smaller the audio buffers and the lower dari mereka mageri the smaller will the delay be. You can adjust the size and number of audio buffers in the Settings box. If you decrease too much the size and/or numberi of buffers you may notice clicraja terdengar durinew york playkembali or live monitoring. This happens when the buffers are so kecil that the dekejahatan can"t keep up and some short bursts of silence (dropouts) interrupt the audio. You should try to use the minimum mungkin bufferingai that doesn"t geneperbandingan clicks. Not all Android devices and versiopagi of Android allow for the same latency performance. N-Track will say wether the dekejahatan is capable of low latency performance in the settings box. When the device supports "pro" or "semi-pro" latency performance you may ciblis the Enable low-latency audio option that sets the device"s preferred buffer size that triggers the device"s lowest mungkin latency.On Android 8.1 or later you can select the AAudio audio dekeburukan drivers for audio memasukkan and output. These new dekeburukan drivers are more modern that OpenSLpita pengukur (supported darimana the beginningai of Android) and should allow for slightly better latency performance. The lower input to output latency you can set the less problems with recordinew york latency you"ll have.If you want to minimize the input to output latency, try our recommended configuration.memasukkan to output latency can be made very small when usinew york compatible external USB audio devices.

How to record a track over another one (overdub)

Let’s say we want to record somethingi over the first track. All we need is to add a new blank audio track and arm it, kemudian we can awal recording.

So, again, tap the Add a blank track icon and choose "Add an audio track”.

If the track is not armed, tap over the arm butnada and select the right memasukkan channel.

sejak you want to record a second track over the first audio track, you need to be able to hear the first and the second track bersama during recording, but you want only the second track to be recorded, so masetelah sure the first track is unarmed.

To listen to maafkan saya you’re recordingi as you permainan it, you can tap the oversaw live input button

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, which will let you listen to the incoming signal through the selected output destination. Mausai sure you plug in your headphones and kemudian push the “oversaw live input” butvolume to awal listening to the incomaaf signal. You can now record as you hear what your misetelah is capturing.


Importing a base track to record over

Let’s say you want to upload a base track, bacraja track or instrumental, and kemudian record your suara or instrumenpen over it.

All you need to do is tap the Menu icon and select “Import audio file”, kemudian select the file you want to import into n-Track.

n-Track will membuat a new audio track with the imported audio file, so we can now record over it. To record something over the imported track, just add and arm a second audio track, then mulai recording.

n-Track can import audio filtape with one of the followingi formats: mp3m4amidwavaifflacopus


Adding effects and editingai audio parts

If we’re satisfied with our performance, but we want enhance or get creative with the sound, we can add an effect.

Let’s say we want to add a reverb to a vocal recording. Hanya use your fingers to zoom into the time-axis view, until you see the add effect panel.

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Click on “add effect” and choose amengharapkan the free integrated effects available in n-Track Studio.

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The Grid and the Metronome

It’s a common use to record lagu by followingi a click track or metronome, and then use the grid to align our recordings to the song’s tempo.

You can select the bpm of your songi by tappingi the Metronome icon

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and selectingi the bpm you need.

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To activate the metronome, switch it on with by tappingi "enable". You’ll now hear the metronome both duringai playkembali and recording.

To turn it off, hanya open the metronome and switch it back off.

The grid function can be useful duringi editing, and in general when you need a reliable tempo reference while working on your song. You can enable the grid by tappinew york on the “grid icon”

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You can set the grid time resolution by tapping the grid settings window (see the picture below).

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As you can see there’s also a "Enable snap to grid" checkbox. If this is enabled, when we move audio and MIDI regions dari mereka start position will be quantized to the closest grid value.

This can be useful if we’re creating more electronic or loop based music. If you unciblis this box, but leave the grid on, kemudian you’ll be free to move regiomenjadi in any point of the timeline, and still use the grid as a useful tempo reference.


Usingi virtual instruments


Addingai virtual instruments

To add a new virtual instrument, just push the “Add a blank track” butselang and select “Add an instrument”. This will create a MIDI track and an Instrument track automatically assigned to the MIDI track created.

MIDI tracks will contain the sequence of MIDI notes, as well as other MIDI parameters, such as velocity. Instruobat-obatan channels, instead, are where the actual audio from the MIDI nottape is generated. Multiple MIDI tracks can send their output to a single instruobat-obatan channel.

The creation of a MIDI track will open up the instruobat-obatan browser, that lets you choose the virtual instrumenpen you want to control via MIDI.

To change the MIDI track instrument, simply tap the track’s output slot.

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To immediately control our virtual instrument, tap the keypapan icon

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and mulai playingai it with your fingers, or open the piano roll by tappinew york the
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icon. And mulai writingi midi notpita pengukur via the piano roll"s tools.


The Instrumenpen browser

The instrumenpen browser lets you choose the instrumenpen you want to play via MIDI. It will popup when creatingai instruobat-obatan tracks, or when you tap on a MIDI track’s output slot, so you can easily choose a new instrumenpen or switch the sound on an already created instrumenpen track.

The cari is organized in three sections:

External instruments: here you’ll find all supported third-party virtual instruobat-obatan plugimenjadi available on your system. n-Track instruments: In this section, you’ll find a list of n-Track’s dimasukan instruments. Instruments and patchpita pengukur which show the download icon require an additional download, which you can launch via the Add-on manager. MIDI outputs: shows the available hardware MIDI outputs, as well as already created instrument channels which you can send MIDI to, allowing you to route a new MIDI track to an instrument you already created.

When you select an instruobat-obatan from the instrument browser, n-Track will create a new instrumenpen channel with the instrumenpen loaded up, and assign it to a MIDI track.

If this is the first time you open the instrument browser, you may need to download additional instrument packs in order to have more choice than the few menggabungkan sounds. Selecting the sound will bringi up the Add-on manager, wdi sini we can download content.


The Add-on Manager

The Add-on manager lets you download free and premium instruments, suara and drumkits available for use in n-Track.

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here you can download free and premium instruments, terdengar and drumkits available for use in n-Track, which will be automatically once downloaded.

To download a sound, hanya tap on “Get". The suara will kemudian be downloaded and automatically installed. Once installed, you"ll be able to bermain and record the instrument, and load it directly from the instrument browser.

Loading custom SoundFonts (.sf2)

Besides usingai the suara that come with n-Track, you can juga use third party sf2 files.To add a soundfont file:Select Add new instrumenpen channelScroll down the left column and select Add custom soundfontBrowse to the location of the sf2 file (you may have to press the up arrow a few timpita pengukur to get to the root of the dekeburukan storage)Once you"ve selected the sf2 file, if it contaimenjadi more than one sound, you will need to use the programme and Channel setting in the track propertipita pengukur view to switch between the available sounds. Channel is typically set to 1 for melodic instruments and 10 for percussive sounds.Ciblis out this video to see how to load an sf2.

Savingi and Exporting


Savinew york projects

Savingai a project means your project and all of its settings will be saved in a format you can open exclusively in n-Track (the .sngi format).

To save a project, hanya push the Menu icon and select “Save song”. You can kemudian re-open your project at any time by selecting the “open song” option.


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If you want to save all the project’s settings and all of the project’s files and assets, you can choose to save the project as a “compressed Song” (sgw) file. Savinew york all project assets bersama with the project would allow you, for instance, to open the project with all of its audio tracks in a different dekejahatan runningi n-Track Studio.


Exportinew york songs

Exporting, or ‘mixingai down’ a track meapagi that all the tracks of your project will be bounced down to a single audio file, in the format you specify, like mp3, wav, and so on.

Once mixed down, your song will be playable anywhere, but please note that exportingai track, as well as other features, are limited in the free version. To export songs, you need to either pay for an n-Track subscription, or activate the sepenuhnya version, both of which you can do directly from the app. The free version allows exportingai the songi but adds a short audio add at the beginningi of the exported track.

Although the free version limits exporting to audio files, you can freely upload the track without audio ads to Songtree, the free music collaboration platform, and then bagikan it via a link.

To export your track, tap the “menu” icon and select “Save Song”, kemudian choose Mp3 or Wav as the same format, then tekan “Ok”. If you selected Mp3 the app will juga ask you to set the tradeoff between audio quality and file size (i.e. Bit rate).


Sharingi your lagu-lagu on Songtree

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Songtree is a free music collaboration platform that allows to collaborate with other musiciapejarakan in building lagu online. Songtree is developed by the same team behind n-Track.

When someone uploads a songi to Songtree, it becomtape available for others to contribute to and build upon. Each contribution added by users creattape a new version of the song, ketika the original songai remaipagi un-affected. As more orang add their contribution, a "tree" of lagu-lagu starts to bawa pulang shape, with each contribution branchingai out from the original song.

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Songtree is available as free web, iOS and Android apps. The apps allow you to record your performanctape directly from your device, as well as lettingai you interact with other musicians via comments, likes, invitpita etc.

Songtree is fully integrated inside n-Track Studio 8, so that you can overdub other Songtree users lagu-lagu without leavinew york n-Track.
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On Songtree you can find other musiciapagi to collaboperbandingan with, posting ulang ideas, or just jam with. To open Songtree hanya tap the “globe” icon. Kemudian click on the top left icon and select “login” to access your account or create a new one. You can juga sign in with Facebook or Google and gain instant access. We invite you to untuk mengambil a look at what’s happeningai on Songtree, you may be surprised!

Managingai song files

When you save a sonew york in the n-Track native .sng format, n-Track creattape a folder with the name of the song, and inside the folder savpita pengukur the .sngai file, and an Audio subfolder wdi sini all the audio filpita used by the songai are stored.If instead of saving in the app home folder you save a new .sngi file inside an existingai song"s folder, kemudian n-Track will only save the new .sngai file, and the audio filpita pengukur will be shared amongolia all the .sngai files saved in the folder. This allows creating multiple versions of the same songi without alcara duplicatingi all of the audio files.juga to note the fact that when you use the Open sonew york or New songai commands, the app doesn"t ask if you want to save. It hanya saves, while it tambahan creatpita pengukur a snapshot of the version of the song sebelum the terakhir save, so that you can alcara go kembali to any previous state of the song. You can access the snapshots in the Snapshots subfolder, or usingai the Manage sonew york -> Restore snapshot command in the main menu.Everytime you delete a file or songfile, the filpita pengukur are not permanently deleted, they are instead copied to the Trash subfolder in the songi folder. This allows revertingi an accidental delete. The filtape in the Trash are automatically deleted when they are one week old.This songai folder structure is designed to keep the n-Track filpita pengukur well organized, to avoid accidental loss of recordings, and to be able to easily identify all of the audio filpita tangan kedua by a certain song.

Cleaning up the song folder

After you"ve worked on a songai for an extended period of time, you may notice that the Audio subfolder of your song becomtape populated with a besar mageri of audio files. That is because n-Track tidak pernah delettape an audio recording, even when it is removed from a song.When your songai is in a stable state and you"re sure you don"t want to undo the removal of audio tracks, and you need to free up some space on the device storage, you can use the Manage songi -> Cleanup songi folder menu command to cleanup the songi folder, movinew york to the Trash all of the audio filpita pengukur that are no longer referenced by any of the .sng filpita in the .sng folder. This will juga delete all of the snapshots of the song in the Snapshots folder.


Worraja with Audio

In previous chapters, we saw how to add and arm an audio track, how to record instruments or vocals, and how to upload a base track, or backing track, and record over it. We tambahan talked about editingai bagian and addinew york effects.

In the followingi sectiopejarakan we’ll give you some töre to obtain a better sound from your recordings because in fact, although we’re worraja on a mobile app, all we need is minimal extra hardware and a little extra pengetahuan to mausai our recordings sound clear and professional.


Recordinew york sources

Many modern Android devices have good quality mics, so if you plan to only record vocals or acoustic instruments, one simple option is to hanya use the Android device builtin mic. To do that you hanya have to connect a standard set of headphontape (the ontape you use to listen to music, not the ones you use to talk on the phone) and n-Track will automatically recording from the device dimasukan mic while sendingi audio to the headphones. If you instead connect a phone headset the app will record from the headset mic, which may not always be maafkan saya you want as the quality of that mic may not be very good.

If you want to record electric instruments or want to use an external high quality microphone, you have two options: Use an adapter cable to connect a mic or instrument This is the cheapest option and can be useful to record instruments (electric guitar, keyboards etc.). You may get good results connectingi an external microphone but you won"t be able to connect an high quality condenser mic which requirpita pengukur a phantom power source. Lainnya adapter would be required for that. Disadvantagpita pengukur of usingai this approach include: you are still usinew york the Android deragum builtin mic preamplifier, which is designed for voice calls and may not produce great soundinew york vocal tracks, and may not be compatible with all mics (dependingi on the mic impedence); you"re still using Android software audio stack, which dependingai on the version of Android adds a more or less noticeable audio latency. Connect an USB audio device This is the approach that guarantetape the best kelayakan audio quality and lobarat latency. The audio quality will be of course dependent on the USB audio deragum you use, but tdi sini are cheap audio devictape on the pasar that guarantee quite good audio recording quality. An advantage of this method is that when usingai external USB audio devicpita n-Track bypasspita Android software audio stack and talks directly to the USB audio dekeburukan using our custom USB audio driver. This allows worraja with very small audio latency. The main drawbagian belakang of this approach is that not all USB audio devices and Android devices combinatiopejarakan are supported by n-Track, so we advise to test the USB deragum first or purchase a dekejahatan that you can return if not compatible.


Usingi an serupa adapter cable

A cable such as the one in the picture below is very inexpensive. Simply connect the male connector to the Android dekeburukan and a mic to one female connector and a set of headphonpita pengukur to the other.

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Connectinew york your external sound card (USB Audio)

n-Track Studio support external USB audio devices. N-Track can accesspita pengukur USB audio devicpita directly usinew york its own custom USB driver, or can use Android standard USB driver. Ketika the Android USB audio driver is gettingi better with newer versions of Android, the n-Track driver bypasstape the Android audio system so it typically allows for lower latency. The custom n-Track USB audio driver may however not work on all Android devictape + USB devicpita pengukur combinations.

See below for a list of the devices we"ve tested.

As far as specific models go, you can choose amengharapkan many different solutions in many berbeda price rangpita pengukur to fit your specific anggaran and needs.

To connect your external sound card, hanya plug it to your dekejahatan usinew york the interface’s connector cable.

Once plugged in, n-Track will detect your dekejahatan automatically. You’re now ready to record. Just masetelah sure that the recording pintu masuk is set to the soundcard input you wish to record. You can do this via the arm button, as we saw in previous lessons.

Enablinew york USB Audio

Launch n-Track, kemudian connect the USB audio dekejahatan to the Android device.

A prompt should appear asraja if you want to use the Android or the n-Track USB driver.


Connecting the USB device

If the USB deragum has an USB-C connector you"ll only need an USB-C to USB-C cable. If the USB dekejahatan has the classic USB-A connector you"ll need a cable with a microUSB or USB-C male connector and a female regular USB connector.

Some USB devicpita pengukur work well with the Android dekejahatan power. Some other devicpita pengukur need more power and can only work when connected usingai either a powered USB hub or a splitter cable.

The splitter cable is very inexpensive and can be easily found for example on amazon or Ebay, searching for "OTG splitter".

lagi option is to use a powered USB HUB.

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Usinew york multichannel audio devicpita pengukur

When using multichannel USB audio devicpita pengukur you can record as many audio channels as the audio dekejahatan allows.

After connecting a multichannel USB device n-Track will by default awal usinew york only 2 inputs and 2 outputs. To use more channels change the maks Inputs and maksimum Outputs settings in the Audio Settings box.

Note that not all devicpita pengukur might be able to handle many pintu masuk and/or output channels. The more channels you enable the more workload the dekeburukan must handle. If when you increase the number of channels you hear that the audio starts clicraja try to increase the buffering settings in the Audio settings box. See the USB compatibility chart below with notes on recommended bufferingai settings for specific audio devices.


24 bit recording

n-Track automatically detects wether the audio dekejahatan in use has 24 bit recordingi capabilities. If that"s the case the recorded audio filpita that n-Track geneperbandingan will use the 24 bit audio format.

24 bit recordingai currently works only on external USB audio devices, the Android dimasukan audio deragum is 16 bits only.


Routing tracks

In some scenarios, you may wish to control a track’s routinew york options, meaninew york the input and especially the output destination of the track’s signal. This may be useful when, for instance, you want to group variasi tracks together to control anda overall tingkat or eq. Or, you may wish to record the output of berbeda tracks into a new audio track, or perhaps send the signal from various tracks to an effect.

You can control each track’s input/o utput settings via the mixer. This is wdi sini you can decide ide to route a track to another. For example, apply a send effect. Send effects, as opposed to insert effects - which affect the entirety of the track’s signal - allow you, for instance, to have a single reverb effect and send different amounts of your tracks to it.

For example, let’s apply a reverb to an audio track, first as an insert effect, kemudian as a send effect.

To apply a reverb as an insert effect, all you need to do is pick the effect from the track’s effects panel. This will let you choose an effect to apply, which will affect the entire signal (or better, the amount set by the dry and wet parameters) before passingi it to the output.

You can juga add effects usingai sends. A send allows you to send a track’s signal to an auxiliary track, which will be the host of the insert effect. This allows you to send berbeda tracks to the same effect in berbeda amounts, controlmemerintah by the send amount knob.

To add a send effect, open the mixer. Kemudian tap the add effect butvolume

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As you can see, a new Aux track was automatically added to your project. Now all we need to do is add an effect on Auxiliary track. To do this, hanya tap the "add effect" dasbor of the Aux track and choose an effect. We’ll give the reverb 100% wet and 0% dry signal, dari the dry component will be coming from our original track, and the auxiliary track will only provideas the signal with the effect applied.

We can now control the reverb amount usingi track one’s send knob.

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Mixinew york a song

When you mix a song, you’re usually looraja to mananti every elemenpen in your sonew york be heard clearly and fit well with the other elements, both as far as tingkat and frequency content are concerned.

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You can control each track’s tingkat via the mixer sliders. For instance, if our basis is too quiet compared to the drums and guitars we could bringi up it’s level.

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another thingai to consider is the frequency isi of the elements in the mix. Although this depends on the genre of music we"re worraja on, on our artistic intentions, our taste and so on, it’s generally considered a good practice to make sure that various sounds in your mix don’t clutter a particgaris frequency band. For instance, we want the main bass frequencipita in our song to come from the bas guitar, rather than the guitar

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First of all open the mixer view and tap the EQ icon of the channel we want to modify, then mulai modify frequencies. We might then choose to apply a high pass filter to the guitar to carve out room for the bas frequencipita to stand out without interference from other low-end frequencitape coming from the guitar, resultingai in a clearer mix, in which we can actually hear all the individouble elements more clearly.


Worraja with MIDI

Previously, we had a look at how to add a virtual instruobat-obatan track, how to download virtual instruments for free and how to record midi tracks. The objective of these following lessomenjadi is to bring you to lanjut kadarnya of using MIDI for creating your music with n-Track Studio. In the previous lessomenjadi we learnt how to set up our virtual instruments. This time we’ll look at how to actually bermain or program these instruments, whether by connecting controllers or by usinew york the program’s dimasukan tools and editors.


Playingi MIDI instruments

Once you’ve added a new blank midi track and selected an instrumenpen from the instrumenpen browser, kemudian you need to permainan it. N-Track lest you do this in various differents ways.

One way is using the dimasukan virtual keyboard, that you can permainan immediately, via touch gesturpita on your device. To open the virtual keyboard, hanya tap the “keyboard” icon on the track batang and mulai playing.