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Re: How to tell if a song is recorded or edited

Postby xxl774 » Sun May 19, 2019 8:17 am

OK. I think I understand. So there are two ways of recording, one is using the midi keyboard (master keyboard is the same thing?) to put data into a computer then load instrumental samples to let the MIDI make a sound.
Another way is real recording, in a room, play an instrument, recored with microphones.

Here are some simple question,

1: I try to find out what is digital recording, there is a lot of explanation talking about the computational process. I just need to know if the digital recording is the real recording that a player plays an instrument in a room and recorded by microphones.
2: Also, your first reply talked about the digital piano. Did you mean the digital piano as a real instrument and its sound is recorded in a room with microphones or the digital piano have the access to input its sound directly to a computer, or the digital piano is something like a MIDI keyboard that cannot make sound?
3: For simple piano songs, which way you would recommend to have the best quality of the songs?

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Re: How to tell if a song is recorded or edited

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun May 19, 2019 10:24 am

Three ways, midi keyboard and record the midi, (midi records when you played a note, it's pitch, how long and how hard) this results in a file ending in .mid which you can then use to 'play' a digital/sampled piano and record the audio at a later date. This let's you choose the piano sound later (Rhodes, Grand, Honky-tonk or WHY).

Midi keyboard (or digital piano) but this time record the piano into an 'audio file' ending in (probably) .wav. This can't be changed later so if you record a Rhodes sound you can't change that to a Concert Grand later.

Play a nice piano in a nice room and record it with nice mics.

With all of them you could edit a chorus out or use chorus one to replace chorus two (say if you made a mistake) or other changes (much like you might edit a document to change the order of the paragraphs, it was done with a razor blade on tape or with a mouse on a computer) but with the real piano and mics that is about the most you can do.

1, Digital audio recording simply stores the recording in digital format compared to, say, a tape recorder which stores it in an analogue format, both are 'real' and you don't need to understand the differences to be able to make good recordings. Digital can be more true to life than tape. Digital is the form that music is stored on CDs.

2, See above, but to add, a digital piano is (simplified) 88 digital recordings of every piano note which can be played back when you play the related key. You press the middle C key and the middle C recording will play. It's hugely more complex than that but that's all you really need to know.

3, Depends what instruments you have already. If you sing as well then you'll need to record the voice (either at the same time as the piano part or later while listening to a playback of the piano). The usual way would be to record the audio output from the piano to a track on a recorder and the vocal to another while listening to both on headphones so the piano does not get picked up by the vocal mic. But there are many other ways so if you have a nice piano in a nice room then recording with mics might be best.

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