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Recording on the go

Discussion in 'Recording' started by BobbyRose23, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. BobbyRose23

    BobbyRose23 Active Member

    I am looking at getting an R16 for the time being. I have been sitting here watching videos on YouTube but I still have a question. Lets say I record guitar and bass tracks at home to a drum machine or metronome, then I want to take that recording to a drummers house. My question is how would I be all 8 tracks free? Cause I'm thinking if I use it as an AI and then a recorder then those tracks are not recorded to specific tracks since I recorded them with the AI... Correct? sorry if confused!
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Do all your multitracking to the SD card - you can replay previously-recorded SD tracks while recording up to 8 more. If you want to mix on a DAW, transfer the tracks to a computer when the track recording is done.
     
  3. BobbyRose23

    BobbyRose23 Active Member

    Ok that's all I wanted to know, I'm trying to makeup my mind on the R16 but it's looking good right now.
     
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Here is another way to accomplish more than what this thing can deliver. You record your first batch of initial tracks. You remove that chip, plug it into the computer and transfer those tracks into the computer. You then do a quick reference mix down using any effects and processing you want. You transfer that makes down back onto a chip. You plug that chip back into the Roland R. 16 and you are ready to record more tracks. You keep repeating this process of tracking, transferring, mixing, laying up that mix back to the recorder of few times over until you have overdubbed and recorded everything.

    Once finished, it stands to reason you could have 24-128 tracks to mix it in the computer. You can even reduce that to 8-16 tracks of stems printed back to a memory chip and then mixed down also, in the Roland? And you'll get a different sounding result. You'll want to taste and compare and work out your own workflow for the best way to go about this. Because you're really not limited.

    And in fact, I'm rather unfamiliar with that particular Roland digital multitrack studio in a box? I also have some recollection of what they refer to as virtual tracks? And what that means on a lot of these types of devices is that while you can only record up to eight tracks. And you can only mix 8 tracks. It might however I'll are you do have up to eight separate full takes, On, track one and they can be pulled from and composited to also create one good comprehensive track by utilizing these virtual tracks within this digital box. Not all are like that but many of them are. And that's one of the benefits of working with nonlinear hard drives. It's a much different world we live in than our previous analog days. So sit down with that instruction manual again. This can allow you to mix combine and bounce tracks without the need for a computer. Or you can use as the audio interface for your computer, with your computer and in addition to your computer. So it's a versatile gizmo that is more limited by your incomplete knowledge of the device. It gives a professional a very powerful and useful tool that's also very versatile for the price.

    There is no single correct way. Whatever works for your workflow and your mindset and how it registers is how you work it. And of course different kinds of musical genres require different kind of recording techniques to be used and taken advantage of. And sometimes it won't work out when it has before. That's the joy and the uncertainty along with the challenge of audio. What worked and sounded good yesterday, in spite of the fact you left everything set up overnight, doesn't sound the same the next day. Well that's from the temperature, humidity and barometric pressure. Even if it was the same the day before. These microphones are living creatures and maybe they got a little cold overnight? And even though it's a nice warm sunny afternoon, the tension in their joints might still be a little off? Try that every night for a week and you'll find it sounds different every night.

    And if all fails? At least you're in the right town to buy an organ.
    Mx. Remy Ann David
     

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