mixing and volume control

controling volume on a track

I am new to using N-track (or any other of this type of software), and can’t figure how to do what I want to do, which is basically make a voice of music with the music in the background becoming louder when the voice track is not speaking.
How do I do that, when I change the volume, it doesn’t seem to “stick” when I open the song again.
Do I mix/record the voice track I am recording from a mic input with the imported music track onto a third track which "freeze"s the volume settings and mixes the two onto the third track, or what am I doing wrong I just want to mix music and voice like a radio commercial.

thanks for any help - LK

I think I am figuring this out - to do a voice over and mix voice and music - do I have to draw the volume manually using the “draw volume envelope” command - is there no way to do this in real time using the mixer controls as I am recording into the mic.
Also when I speak into the mic, it comes in a two channels L and R I think.
Is there some way on the mixer control to “lock” the volume control of the two tracks together
so the volume goes up and down on both track the same?

thanks,
Larry

Hi ikoyle. You’re getting there. Just try to record the voice on a new audio track as good as you can and don’t worry about the volume until afterwards. When recording the vocal, make sure you have a good loud signal with no horrible noises.
Then you can (in theory :laugh: ) draw the volume changes.
Have a go - it’s great fun.

thanks Tony - yeah I think I am getting a start on it.

-lkoyle

Cool. Keep us up to date.

Thats good info !! Thanks for the post guys. Im always learnin.

Another approach would be to use the voice track to ‘duck’ the music track.
For a brief demo of this check this tutorial from db-audioware.

http://www.db-audioware.com/videos/scc/scc.html

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Hi Gents:

Thank you for the link to that page,sevenOfeleven…
That is a great demo of using one track to “Duck” the levels of another track…
I have and use DB Audio Plugs, but I don’t have that particular plug…
That plug works very nice for adjusting the energy and dynamics of a mix…





Bill…

A “ducker” is a compressor with a “sidechain” input, so you may be able to use a compressor plugin.

Here’s a link to a free “sidechain gate” that might serve, it says that it has a ducker mode:
http://www.geocities.jp/webmaster_of_sss/vst/index.html#sidechgate

Hi krbaker:

Those are nice plugs…
Thanks for posting that link…
:agree:
:p
:laugh:



Bill…

p.s. Hey… I got them all…

There are many really nice free plugs out there, it’s just a matter of finding them when ya need 'em!
:)

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A "ducker" is a compressor with a "sidechain" input, so you may be able to use a compressor plugin.

Here's a link to a free "sidechain gate" that might serve, it says that it has a ducker mode:
http://www.geocities.jp/webmaster_of_sss/vst/index.html#sidechgate



You can 'duck' in N using the SideChainCompressor from the above sight.
For mono:

input ch1: signal input
input ch2: key input

Create an AUX channel with the SC-comp as an effect.
Make a send for the signal input (i.e music track) and pan it left.
Make a send for the key input (i.e. vocal) and pan it right

You have to play around with ADSR and level settings of the compressor.
But your vocal track will now duck your music track. Pretty handy if
your doing naration to music background.

Some pics

Music track (1)
and
vocal track (2)



AUX track with SC-compressor and track sends



WAV output if you just mix the two tracks together (no ducking)



WAV output with SideChainCompressor as ducking effect

:laugh: Darn you, 7. That's my homework for tomorrow.