• ACID Pro Tutorial: Punch In Recording

    The following Sony ACID Pro Tutorial will take you through Punch In Recording to help you master ACID Pro.



    Now you're ready to bring your vocalist back in to re-record her part.

    Click the arm for Record button in the vocals track and repeat the process of setting your record levels properly. Don't forget to engage input monitoring.

    Once you and the vocalist are all set click the Record button, and record her vocals in the key of A.

    When you are done recording, name the file Vocals in A.

    Let's say you're not happy with the way she sang the first "can we take anymore", rather than re-record the entire vocal track again let's use Punch In techniques to fix just the phrase that you don't like.

    The phrase we want to replace starts during measure 18 so there's no reason to play through the entire song.

    Click in a blank area of the timeline at measure 16 to place the cursor, you'll start playback from there. That'll give her two measures of pre-roll so that she can get her bearings in the song and before she has to sing the phrase.

    Hit the record button just before she sings the phrase that you are punching in, and click the record button again when you want to punch back out.

    Stop playback when you are done with the punch in.

    This punch in process adds a new event that lays over the top of the existing event and holds the newly recorded clip. This means that you haven't destroyed the original recording. To get the original recording back just delete the new event.

    The clip remains in your clip selector list so you can paint it back in if you want to.

    The method you just used works perfectly well when you're creating punch ins on the fly and perhaps you don't know where exactly you'll need the punch in and out, but in this case we do know the exactly location of our punch in target and we can use a different punch in method that will result in a little bit more organised project.

    First, isolate the phrase that you want to punch into in its own event. To do that split the main vocal event at the beginning of measure 18 and the beginning of measure twenty. This creates a separate event that lasts for the same two measures that the vocal phrase does.

    Click the new event to select it. Again, you want to place the cursor at measure sixteen to provide the vocalist a bit of pre-roll but if you click on the timeline at measure 16 you'll not only place the cursor but you'll also deselect the event in which you want to punch.

    You don't want to do that, so double click the beats and measures display and type 16.1.0. This means the sixteenth measure, the first beat and no tix. Press the enter key to finalize the change, the cursor jumps to that location and the event remains selected.

    When you have an event selected like this you can safely begin recording immediately.

    ACID Pro won't replace any data in the timeline until the cursor reaches the selected event.

    Click the Record button when the vocalist is ready.

    When the cursor passes the selected event ACID Pro stops replacing data, in other words only the data in the selected event has been replaced with the newly recorded data.

    In the recorded files dialogue name the new file "Vocal Punch In 2" and click the Done button.

    As I mentioned, this creates a bit more organised file because now the new punch in recording appears as a clip in the same event as the original recording.

    Right click the punch in event and choose Event Clip from the popup menu. You can now select any of these clips and assign it to this event.

    You can set the project up to loop through a section that includes the selected event and record every time playback comes back around to the event.

    First create a loop region that starts at measure sixteen and ends at measure twenty-one. This gives the vocals a bit of both pre-roll and post-roll so she can stay in time with the song.

    Click the Loop Playback button. When she's ready click the record button and have her sing the phrase each time it comes up. I'll try four different passes and from that we should get at least one that we like.

    Once she has sung the fourth pass click the Stop button.

    Even though you've recorded four passes, you've really only recorded one file. ACID Pro divides that file into four clips for you. In the recorded files dialogue, rename the file "Multi Punches in A" and click the Done button.

    If you need to, zoom in a little so that you can see the entire clip name in the event information for the punch in clip.

    Notice that it shows the last of the four clips you just recorded. Right click the event and choose Event Clip from the popup menu, in the cascading menu you can see the four new multi punches in A clips.

    You can use the two commands at the very bottom of the cascading menu to scroll through the various clips in this track. Notice the keyboard shortcuts, Next Clip press 'C' and Previous Clip press 'Shift + C'. Without selecting any options click the even again to hide the menus.

    Since the fourth of your new clips currently occupies the event press 'Shift + C' to scroll to the previous clip. Keep scrolling back until the first of the four clips shows.

    Not only can you scroll through the clips with these shortcuts but you can also do so while listening to the project.

    While still in loop playback mode click the Play button and listen to the current take, after the take finishes press 'C to scroll to the next one. Continue doing this until you've heard all four of the new takes.

    Once you find a take you like best, press 'Shift + C' to scroll back to that take.

    Now that you've got all the tracks recorded, it's time to turn your attention to mixing and the powerful mixing tools available in ACID Pro.

    Click the arm for the Record button of the vocal track to disarm it and take the application out of loop playback mode.


    That concludes this Sony ACID Pro Tutorial.

    You will be able to get help with using ACID Pro and learning how to make beats by posting a thread in the Producer Talk forum, and by asking other Producers who upload their beats in the Homemade Beats forum.


    Disclaimer:
    The tutorials I post, are not tutorials that I have written or recorded. They are simply rough audio transcripts of the videos embedded in the tutorials. The videos have been found freely available online, unless otherwise stated.
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