Record a capella tracks with Cool Edit Pro 2.0
Cool Edit Pro 2.0 can be used to record more than just bands with instruments; it can also record a capella music. Whether you want to record an a capella track at home for fun, or have been hired to record an a capella group, Cool Edit Pro 2.0 has all the functions and tools needed to record and mix vocal tracks with no instruments. Improve your recording and mixing skills by engineering a style of music that many people never get a chance to: a capella.
1. Open Cool Edit Pro 2.0 and set up your hardware. Plug your microphone into your sound card’s line-in port. Plug your headphones into your computer’s microphone port.
2. Start a new session by clicking “File,” then “New Session.” Choose “44100” as the sample rate for the session and click “OK.”
3. Set the correct microphone volume by clicking the red “R” icon on the track, then the red record icon at the bottom left of the program. Adjust the microphone’s volume using your computer’s sound options to ensure the waveform you are recording is neither too quiet nor too loud. Check the fader levels at the bottom of the screen and make sure your recording does not reach 0 decibels, indicating that your signal is clipping.
4. Create a click-track to help you keep in time when recording. Click the “Options” menu, then “Metronome…” Set the tempo by selecting the “Tempo” tab and changing “beats/minute” to your desired speed.
5. Import a guide track to help you keep in tune. Right-click one track, select “Insert,” then “Wave from file…” to search for the guide track. The guide track should play the melody of the a capella, and must be in time with the click-track.
6. Record the first vocal track by pressing the red “Record” button. Press “Stop” then “Rewind” to record the vocals again if you are not satisfied with the performance.
7. Record the other vocal tracks in the same way. Make sure the track you want to record onto is the only track that is record-enabled. If more than one track is record-enabled, the same vocal performance will be recorded onto multiple tracks.
8. Delete the click-track and guide-track and mix the a capella. Click the “FX” icon on each track to add effects such as reverb. Click the “EQ” icon on each track to adjust equalization.
9. Pan each vocal track to create a stereo mix. Click the “Pan” icon and move the mouse cursor left or right to move the track mix between the left and right speakers.
10. Save the a capella. Click “File,” then “Save Mixdown As…” Choose a format for the a capella, such as WAV or MP3. Choose a name for the a capella and click “Save.”