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Multitrack Recording

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Multitrack Recording Jamie Maunder Introduction: We were set the task of recording a music session involving the following instruments: Bass Guitar (using amplifier) Electric Guitar (using amplifier) Electric Piano To record this session we used multitrack recorders (4 track Tascam and 8 track Yamaha MT8X) and recorded onto audiocassette. We used the following microphones to pick up our sound sources: Senheiser ATM 33 (condenser microphone) Shure SM58 (dynamic microphone) Recording: My group had the responsibility of using the Tascam 4 track recorder. ...read more.

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We used our microphones to record the bass guitar amplifier and the electric guitar amplifier. We placed them roughly 30cm from the cone of the amplifiers (Fig. 1). We also used the Yamaha MT8X 8 track recorder to record the music session. We used 2 Senheiser ATM33 condenser microphones, which require phantom power. Condenser microphones are a lot more sensitive than dynamic microphones and are used for high frequency instruments like flutes, vocals etc... ...read more.

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During this process volume, tone and spatial positioning (panning) can be altered to the artists/producers desire. At first we made the mistake of adjusting the input level on the amplifier too high which made the piece too loud and the individual instruments were muffled and unclear. We re-adjusted the input level to a lower setting and re-recorded our piece. We decided to centralise the spatial positioning as we thought this would give the best sound overall. We were pleased with the overall quality of our piece. If I were to change anything about the piece I would perhaps adjust the spatial positioning to enhance the stereo effect of the piece. ...read more.

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