and we’re back hey guys what’s up alex
here and in this video we are going to do some exciting stuff ok not really
we’re just going to set up any hardware that you might have I know I know okay
it’s boring is lame is menial tedious even but it’s got to be done it’s
instrumental and we’re going to get into recording a track together soon I
promise it’s going to get creative in the next few videos and and we’ll get
there we just got to lay the groundwork first okay all right so sit tight and
let’s get started okay so um you might want to record some
audio in bit wig a big surprise I know you could probably do hour right just
working off of samples but eventually you’re going to want to input some of
your own flavor into bit wig okay whether it’s recording MIDI recording
through microphones guitars basses whatever you got electronic drum kit
doesn’t matter it’s all in the same principle okay and so if you were to go
ahead and click command comma it brings up your settings alternatively you can
click the bit wig sign which is your dashboard it’ll bring it there go over
to settings and then down to audio okay so here is where we’re going to kind of
set up our interface and if you don’t know what an interface is well it’s the
middleman between your computer and anything you want to record for example
a microphone guitar bass and the reason you need this middleman is because well
first of all we’re on my computer exactly am I going to plug in a guitar I
know some of you are probably thinking well I have a I have a microphone input
on my computer yeah that’s cool and can be handy for doing you know and you know
what I’ve never used it so I don’t know why you would use it but it can’t record
guitar even if you’ve got an adapter that brought it from the quarter inch
down to the three and half millimeter jack it still it’s not going to work
okay you need a middleman and another reason is because an interface will have
preamps in it and they will have a sound to them they’ll sound much better than
if you just have a raw signal going into however else you would get into your
computer I’m not even sure okay so here is basically asking you what device do
you want to use right now to record and output the audio and right now it’s set
into my built-in microphone on my built-in output and that’s for good
reason so my input device I don’t when I’m recording it I’m
actually using bit wick and I’m not just making these videos I’m never going to
use this microphone okay this microphone that’s built into your
computer that’s for like Skype and FaceTime and stuff like that okay and
it’s not going to do much for you as far as recording I mean I shouldn’t say that
music is pretty fluid you can do whatever you want but in my case I have
an interface and so I’ll click this drop-down menu and then there you see it
the scarlett 2i2 USB and that’s because my interface is a focusrite scarlett
it’s got two inputs and two outputs when it says two inputs it’s kind of actually
four because it’s two guitar inputs mixed with two microphone inputs but you
can only run two at a time if that makes any sense to you it’s a pretty great
little interface it’s pretty sexy looking does everything I need it to
good quality good preamps in it and they’re not too expensive actually you
can get you can get a decent interface if you’re starting out for well under
300 bucks just go to Amazon check that out okay so i’m using the scarlett right
now to record my voice so i’m not going to click this because i don’t want to
create a conflict in my computer because a different program is using this to
record my voice okay any other time I would click that and if I’m clicking
this as my input then for sure I’m going to click that as my output okay you
don’t want to plug your headphones into your computer and then your guitar or
microphone or whatever into your interface okay your computer’s brain has
to split in order to figure that out and it’s going to create latency and it’s
going to do all kinds of weird stuff you want the same device or the same
interface that’s converting your analog signal to digital to also be converting
the digital signal to analog okay that’s important and it’s all about
latency and what is latency well we’re going to get into that right here
because that’s important now if I’m playing guitar to a tempo which I
hopefully would always be playing to a metronome or a click track if I’m
listening while I play through headphones I’m hearing that click right
away okay but when I strum a chord on my
guitar by the time it weaves weaseled its way all the way through my gear
through my interface and into my computer there’s going to be a little
bit of delay and it even tells you right here you’re going to have five point
eight milliseconds of delay that’s it looks like an accurate number
but it’s approximate okay and the where that’s a problem is it might sound find
what I’m recording but then if I go and play it back it’ll sound like I suck at
guitar because it’ll it’ll be super late super behind the beat okay and you’ll
notice the further I drag this slider this way the larger that number gets but
there’s a use for doing that so if I’m recording an instrument guitar vocals
bass whatever I’m going to bring this as far to the left as I can as few samples
and it’s little milliseconds as possible the thing is the temptation is to go to
32 well unless you have like a mammoth of a computer 32 is going to create
clicks and pops in your sound okay and that’s not good it’s going to be it’s
going to be taxing your computer super heart because you’re basically telling
your computer I want you to dedicate all of your resources to getting my signal
into this DAW fast fast fast okay and 32 that is stupid fast look at that point
seven three milliseconds no way a human brain is picking up point seven three
milliseconds but also very few computers are going to do this I’m yet to work on
one and so I set mine around 128 I have a pretty decent Mac and 128 gives me two
point nine milliseconds of delay not that not really noticeable and it’s just
enough that I’m not getting any clicks or pops my audio quality is not
suffering and my computer is working decently hard but it but again not hard
enough that it’s interrupting my audio okay if I’m done recording and I don’t
plan to do anything more live all the way to the right because there’s no need
for you to worry about the milliseconds anymore you’re not recording live you’re
not monitoring again car or a keyboard or a vocal anymore
2048 samples give your computer all the space it needs and all the time it needs
to process your plugins and your audio and do everything that you want it to do
okay and that’s just a general rule of thumb we can get super technical on this
for now just recognize if your recording goes far to the left as you can it might
take a little experimentation to see where you know the sweet spot is minus
128 yours might be 256 so you might even get away of 64 depending on your
computer and your CPU if you’re done recording and you’re just going to work
on your track with headphones all the way to the right okay all right so
that’s that’s very important it’s so frustrating when you’re first starting
out and you feel like you nailed it nailed apart when you are playing it and
you listen back and it sounds like total garbage
yeah that’s why okay and it’s the same for MIDI okay people don’t realize that
it’s the exact same for MIDI if I plug in a MIDI controller and I hit a key and
there’s a delay that’s why so down here it’s basically asking what are the input
bosses and so in other words how many inputs it knows how many inputs are on
my interface but how do I want to assign them I’m going to go ahead and delete
that so right now I have a stereo input I have actually two inputs on this
device and it’s saying okay well input one is your left and input two is your
right channel or your left speaker and your right speaker so if I plug
something into both of these channels at the same time I’m getting that stereo
sound but if I plug in a guitar it’s only going to be in one channel right
and that’s going to be a mono channel where so if I do this right now and I
plug it into input one and record it I’m only going to hear it on the left side
and that’s frustrating right like that’s weird what if you just nailed the part
and all of a sudden it’s off what only on the left-hand side then you got to
deal with that you got it like summit to Mono and all this crap forget about it
okay click add mono alright and then it’s
asking it so okay you have a mono input what input is it and I’m choosing one
well it’s kind of for me I could choose to that I’m
choosing one and I’ll even label this guitar that’s not how to spell it
guitar so now when I plug my guitar in the channel one it’s a mono input and
it’s going to you’re going to hear it in both speakers okay because the guitar is
not a stereo device it’s only mono device and that’s how I want to record
it I can add another mono and maybe call it microphone alright and maybe I want
that on number two okay this down here the output buses depending on your
interface you might have to play with this in general you’re good as you are
like it’ll it’ll sort it stuff out usually it’ll make it so that your
outputs are already assigned you got your headphone mix on it and don’t worry
about it okay unless you’re going heavy if you have if you have like a crazy
interface of some kind of a whole ton of outputs you want to assign them to all
different places then you need to worry about that and really it’s not that big
of a deal it’s the same as this you’re just going to add sources at a stereo
whatever okay I don’t need to do that I only have two
outputs oops one of the stereo not a mono
okay alright so now now that I’ve labeled these guitar and microphone and
stereo input exit that if I go to an audio file or an audio track story right
here you’ll notice that this panel changes remember this is your dynamic
info panel and it changes to accommodate so now it’s asking what’s the source of
the audio I’m going to record and where is it going to and right here if I click
on the drop-down menu you’ll see the two things I made guitar and microphone and
I know because I made it that that’s the mono if that’s input one on my interface
and it’s mono alright I could record guitar and stereo but again it’ll just
be on the left side and that’s dumb so where this is handy would be if you’re
plugging in a keyboard for example and so then you would use up to two
inputs maybe depending on your keyboard and you would get a stereo signal but
don’t worry about that just for now just recognize that what I did inside the
settings it created it here for me okay this is the input from other tracks so
if I want the if I want to record off of this track whatever this track plays or
outputs I want it to record on here well that’s easy I just click clean Oregon
and post or pre you’ll notice okay post just means it’s after this channel
volume fader alright and pre is before that we’ll get into that later when we
start getting creative with recording but for now just realize that’s your
inputs and this is your output I want it to go to master and I’m right now I do
maybe I wanted to go to an effect maybe I wanted to go to another channel but
I’m not going to worry about that I’m just recording it and I want it to go to
master okay here’s your volume and that’s your rear or variable and we
shouldn’t have even said that we’ll get into that later we’re just setting up
your Hardware right now okay command comma again or click this and we’re back
here if you have a MIDI keyboard click controllers MIDI controller MIDI
keyboard same shit okay and you can detect your controller
now the thing with that is bit wig is new so it’s all the main like newer like
really really popular MIDI controllers that are here and I have análisis VI 25
great little keyboard but it’s not on this list and so don’t worry you see no
Alisa’s don’t worry about that it’s still going to work out of controller
manually and click generic but in my case I actually didn’t even have to do
that as soon as I plugged it in it brought this sucker up and then I
selected VI 25 out and I’m good that’s it
keyboard works everything works on I have no no issues with it if you don’t
have this you need to click add controller manually generic and then
it’ll kind of try to assume what kind of keyboard you have like I do have
8 device knobs and it is also a keyboard or you can just click MIDI keyboard if
you have like one of those little cheap om audio jobs ok
and so here it’s asking where is it receiving the signal from well obviously
from the output of my MIDI controller and if you ever plan to send MIDI data
from bit weak to a controller say the controller that you have is a fancy one
and it’s got great sounds on it and you want it you want to use those sounds
well then it’ll show up here and you can click down and choose the input of that
controller I don’t have that option here because my controller doesn’t have
sounds on it it doesn’t even have the option ok but if that’s a plan for you
and that’s something you want to pursue it’ll show up there you simply click it
and you’re good to go alright so lastly the thing I want to stress out on you
the most is this right here don’t get frustrated with delay don’t don’t go an
email bit wick and complain about their software I mean you can if you want I
think it’s pretty great I don’t have any issues but just realize that you’re
getting delay it’s probably somewhere in there ok so I know that was super
tedious and super boring but it was necessary I hope you took away something
from that and we are going to get into creating a track soon ok I promise I
can’t wait I’m so so sick of going through and like making lessons for all
the boring crap and I know you’re sick of watching it too but it’s just it’s
necessary we want to streamline your workflow so that when you do start
making music you go off with a bang ok all right so are ok stay sexy folks
we’ll see you in the next video