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Acid Pro 5.0 or Soundforge 7.0 is the software used. In my PC I use an Edirol USB device which has red & white RCA in/out. The 'out' goes to my stereo and the 'in' comes from my Behringer 8-track mixer w/phantom power....

Acid Pro 5.0 or Soundforge 7.0 is the software used. In my PC I use an Edirol USB device which has red & white RCA in/out. The 'out' goes to my stereo and the 'in' comes from my Behringer 8-track mixer w/phantom power.

What we do is we first record a track with vocals and rhythm guitar simultaneously. The vocals and guitar are on separate amps which run 'out' to the mixer inputs.

Before recording we do a few test runs to get a sound level check, eq, fx, and adjust both with the vocals just a little louder.

Then I lay a bass line. This song has a 'recorder' (-that flute instrument), and some harmonica. After recording a bass track I then record a lead part.

I use a Behringer mic w/2-stage pop filter for vocals. A condenser mic for recording any other sounds (harmonica, drums, or live simulation--which is when we just jam.) The condenser mic recorded me hitting a stack of papers with drum sticks which was altered in Soundforge to give it a more fuller sound.

After all the tracks are recorded I do EQ on the tracks and adjust volume levels. Many many replays to get the sound just right...

But on this track we had the vocals clip because we didn't adjust the master volume on the mixer... but for some reason, Acid Pro has a master volume as well - and the clipping isn't too bad, makes the vocals sound just a tiny bit distorted.

Then render it to MP3.

This is just the first session, with this layout we can have insight into where to insert an extra section, or change a section... and redo the recording process with the bass, guitars, vocals and drums 'tight.'

It's together but has to be a tight sound, that's a very important thing.

Brian writes the songs and plays rhythm.

Keith plays bass, lead, mixing, and percussion (We don't have a drum set handy!).

Further information is available at www.myspace.com/isolatedpeopleoffering

By Isolated People Offering Thursday November 30, 2006