How to produce flawless audio recordings
Perfect recording demands perfect preparation. Here we'll show the best way to get ready for recording with Samplitude.
Today we will show you how to produce flawless audio recordings by selecting the right settings. This will help to avoid delays during the capture process and produce clean, distortion-free recordings:
I. Audio Settings
Step 1: Press "Y" on your keyboard to open the audio setup options.
Step 2: Set the driver system to "ASIO". ASIO drivers enable you to work at low latency and monitor VST plug-ins and virtual instruments in real time.
Step 3: If you are using the built-in sound card of your computer, it's worth testing the "MAGIX Low Latency" driver or "ASIO4ALL". If, on the other hand, you are using a professional sound card/audio interface built into your system, you should activate the appropriate driver. In this example, we will use a sound card by "M-Audio" and select the ASIO driver "M-Audio Delta ASIO".
Step 4: The ASIO buffer is set to 512 by default. Experiment by setting the value lower. To do so, click on the "Settings" button. This will open the control panel of your audio device. Depending on your PC's performance, you should reduce the ASIO buffer and response time. To prevent audible distortions, you should select low levels for monitoring live recordings of vocals or instruments. Please note, however, that reducing the ASIO buffer settings will use more computing power. The corresponding output and input latencies are indicated at all times.
Step 5: The VIP object buffer indicates the buffer size for the internal processing of object effects and economy tracks in hybrid mode. In every other monitoring mode, it also determines the buffer size for editing track effects. With a smaller VIP object buffer size, the amount of playback delay also decreases (latency). However, the processor can still be overloaded which may result in dropouts during playback. Large buffer sizes actually increase stability, but they also increase the latency of the system. The field below displays the resulting latency in relation to the buffer settings.
Tip: The VIP object buffer size should normally be set between 1024 and 8096 samples.
The VIP object buffer size must be at least as large as the ASIO buffer size and double the size in case the Hybrid Engine is used.
Step 6: Device resolution/driver communication: This option enables you to select the bit resolution for communication with audio devices. The preset value correlates with that of the sound card installed on your system.
Step 7: Go to "Monitoring Setup" and move the slider to the far right. The Hybrid Audio Engine enables audio monitoring throughout the entire mixer and also calculates playback tracks in the mixer with short latency. This usually provides the best results.
Step 8: Set the Monitoring Behavior to "Tape Monitoring".
Step 9: Check the "Mix Input and Playback" box. If track monitoring is activated, you will be able to hear the input signal during playback.
II. Audio Devices
This is where you configure the inputs and outputs of your audio device.
Step 1: Activate the available inputs of your sound card in "Recording". We will leave inputs 1 to 4 activated. This gives us 2 stereo or 4 mono inputs.
Step 2: Go to "Playback" and enable outputs 1 + 2 to output the stereo sum. We can also activate outputs 3 + 4 in order to output a separate headphones mix.
Step 3: It's also possible to rename the outputs and inputs – simply click on "Rename" and assign new names.
Step 4: These inputs and outputs are now also accessible in the track editor.
III. Recording Options
Step 1: Nun öffnen wir die Aufnahmeoptionen. Diese können Sie über das „Wiedergabe“-Menü erreichen oder auch über einen Rechtsklick auf die Aufnahme-Schaltfläche.
Step 2: Now you can select the file format for recording. You can choose between different formats such as Wave, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, etc.
Step 3: Now set the record mode (bitrate, stereo/mono) and the sample rate.
Step 4: Select "Playback while Recording", "Create VIP object" and "Update object during recording" to monitor the recording process.
Step 5: You can set the record folder path and file name by clicking on the folder icon.
Step 6: Now give your recording process a name. Let's call it "BassTake". As a result, a number is added behind the name of each take, such as 01, 02, etc.
IV. Track Settings
Step 1: First, we will name the track we want to record "Bass".
Step 2: Right-click the track name to open the track settings. Name the Wave file "Bass.wav".
Step 3: We will also choose a track color.
Step 4: If you connected only one microphone, select "mono" and a single input as audio input. Enable the track for recording by clicking on the "Record" button.
Step 5: Adjust the input signal to your external amplifier or the sound card input so that the peak meter is as close as possible to 0 db but does not quite reach this value.
V. Metronome options
Step 1: Open the metronome settings by right-clicking on the "Click" button in the transport console.
Step 2: Select "Active During Recording", determine the number of beats for the pre-counter and tick the "Precount Clicks Only" checkbox. If you don't like the preset metronome sounds, click on the folder icons and choose other clicks from the "fx presets" file.
With these settings, we will hear the metronome for two beats before the actual recording starts.
Now we have applied all settings and can start recording.
Step 1: Start recording by pressing the keyboard shortcut "R" or the "Record" button in the transport console.
Step 2: Press the spacebar on your keyboard or on the "Record" button again to stop the recording process.
There you go, you just completed your recording! You should always prepare the recording process with care to avoid unpleasant surprises when you're ready to listen to the final results. This allows you to focus on the performance of the artist while recording and to capture every moment!
The Samplitude team