For my second loop draft, I decided to start from scratch. The reason why is because I felt that my first draft did not have any place for proper vocals. In my new song I set the bpm to 100 which I found to be a comfortable pace to sing at. I went for a more softer approach that would allow me to create a melody to sing in it. My vocals started as a piano melody that I played and tweaked here and there until I finally found a tune that I was happy with. The piano melody served as a placeholder for a while until I had the time and courage to sing it. The logic lessons really helped me understand how to record my vocals and properly integrate them into my song. I decided to hold off on any cool plugins because I still need to decide on my lyrics. I’m currently working on some lyrics right now but as of now they are not completely ready. Overall the whole song still needs proper mastering and mixing.
In the readings I learned that there is so much more to consider than just recording. On page 26 of the Dochtermann, he mentions that room setup, microphone techniques, equalization/compression, signal processing, and mixing/mastering tips are all crucial to creating a high quality recording. On page 28, Dochtermann also brings up the term “punch in” which is a technique to allow musicians go into a previously recorded track to record over and correct mistakes. I think that this is a really handy tool that allows musicians to achieve that quality sound that they can be happy with.