How to Create Backing Tracks If You Don't Play All the Instruments... or Any

Written by Seth Lutnick

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Another thing you can do to put life into your tracks is to customizerepparttar style. Depending on how good you are with your software and its capabilities, you can create your own riffs and mix them intorepparttar 138792 song. Also, vary similar styles throughoutrepparttar 138793 song to breakrepparttar 138794 monotony. And, again, don't underestimate drum fills!

Creative use of layering is a very effective technique. When allrepparttar 138795 tracks play allrepparttar 138796 time, it can be very boring. Wait to bring in some instruments till later inrepparttar 138797 song. That creates a "building" feel. Then, at some point towardsrepparttar 138798 end, take them out again briefly to create a "break" or "bridge". When you bring them back, it is very powerful.

Finally, don't allow any perfection. Yes, you read that correctly. If your music is perfectly aligned rhythmically, it will sound artificial. Live musicians are never precisely onrepparttar 138799 beat. Almost all programs have a "humanize" function which corrects this automatically. Otherwise, takerepparttar 138800 time and slide some notes inrepparttar 138801 piano roll editor window. If you need quantize (rhythm correction) onrepparttar 138802 recorded tracks, set it to less than 100%.

When you've got your MIDI file, there are two ways to convert it to audio (wav, mp3) for CD burning. The quicker way is with a dedicated program that renders wave files from MIDI files directly. Most software synthesizer programs that have a stand-alone playback feature can do this. Otherwise, open an audio recording program, playrepparttar 138803 MIDI file, and simultaneously recordrepparttar 138804 output. Make sure your audio recorder is set to receive fromrepparttar 138805 correct input.

If You Play Nothing, and Don't Know Chords or Theory or Anything

Guess what? You arerepparttar 138806 one who should hire a musician. Yes, I know that some programs will offer both a chord progression composer and even a melody composer. All you would need to do is chooserepparttar 138807 style. If you are considering going this route, I have one request for you.


Sorry to yell, but think about this. The melody is composed by a computer,repparttar 138808 chords are composed by a computer,repparttar 138809 band is composed by a computer. It is music that is completely composed by a computer. Oh my gosh! How revolting is that?

No, my friend, hire a qualified musician. You singrepparttar 138810 song to them, they createrepparttar 138811 magic. Do not sell yourself short. Your song is important -- it's part of you! Show itrepparttar 138812 greatest respect and make it as beautiful as you can.

Seth Lutnick is a singer, songwriter and arranger. Visit his website, for more on creating and using a home recording studio, and personal action planning.

How To Create Your First DVD

Written by Steve Bishop

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DVD-R wasrepparttar first format that was developed by Pioneer and is used by most computer users today. These discs will work with most DVD players onrepparttar 138389 market atrepparttar 138390 time of writing.

DVD-RW is pretty muchrepparttar 138391 same as above butrepparttar 138392 'W' bit meansrepparttar 138393 disc is re-writeable. You can over-write existing data over and over again. You can usually writerepparttar 138394 disc as much as upto a 1000 times! I would suggest practise writing to DVD-RW to stop wasting DVD's and then write to a DVD-R when you want a more permanent copy.

Then we have DVD+R DVD+RW. These discs will dorepparttar 138395 same job as DVD-R and DVD-RW but tend to cost just a little more to buy. There is actually little difference between +R and -R. They are slightly more expensive but in most respects haverepparttar 138396 same longevity and reliability as DVD-R.

Need for speed

Different DVD writers have different write speeds as well. DVD+R will burn faster than there counterparts DVD-R. The old write speed was 4x but now DVD writers can burn at 16x speeds. So if your dvd writer burns at 8x just make sure you buy discs that burn at 8x or whatever speed your drive is. Easy!

Creating That First Disc

You will find information regarding your DVD writer onrepparttar 138397 box or inrepparttar 138398 instructions like:

Recording Formats DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW

Recording Speeds 8x, 4x, 2.4x,

Connections USB, Firewire

Now you know that you can burn a DVD+R at 8x speed on your burner. Thats all you need to know in order to burn that first disc. What are you waiting for? Go and impress someone with your new found burning skills!

If you would like to get started with DVD copying then go now to to discover how you can make your first dvd quickly and easily in minutes!

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