There was a time when a whole band or orchestra had to practice long and hard so that finally when the song was recorded, it was at its zenith.
But times have changed, and we have moved on to the devices which not only let us record different parts of a sound separately but also provide us with varied options of mixing, editing, adding effects and all other things that were previously out of reach.
Multitrack recorders allow the perfect synchronization of separate audio and video playback. While recording, a sound engineer can select a specific track to add effects.
He can also tag the same effect to two different tracks and make other desired changes without affecting or losing the other tracks. He can concentrate on one portion by muting the others, and can thus study each portion separately. This is a process called “punching in” or “punching out”.
Multitrack recorders come in all size and shapes; they can fit in your pocket or sit on your desk. Using the sel-sync or Selective Synchronous recording, editors can record one track while listening to another.
They are generally commended for enhancing the quality and clarity of sound. They can trace the lightest whisper to the loudest sound so that you won’t miss anything.
The sound could be manipulated accordingly to produce the desired results and allowed one to retain complete control over the final molding of the soundtrack.
A systematic correction was made possible, as effects or amendments could be made only in the ones that needed it while leaving the other tracks untouched. They make us use only our ears to contemplate the quality of sound.
It’s been said that the presence of visuals on a computer hinders the ability to completely concentrate on the sound. (Looks can be deceiving, right?) The different types of recorders bring in various new functions, which are consistently improving on this device’s stature.
The following points don’t fit every multitrack recorder, but are rather dispersed over a number of different brands.
- Except for a few expensive ones, you can’t use computer plug-ins as effects in others.
- Unless you assimilate a computer into your rig, you can’t use a large number of products that require a computer.
- In the absence of a VGA output, you are most likely to be restricted to the small display on your recorder, but some higher versions have the ability to connect to computer monitors to provide you with better display.
- You may need to keep another device handy, in order to record the final output since not all recorders have CD burners. However, the newer models allow you access to WAV in the digital domain and let you play the soundtrack on your device.
Conceived and developed by Ross Snyder at Ampex in 1955, multitrack recorders help us to record multiple sound sources or sound sources recorded at different times to be merged into one organized unit.
This significant technology has revolutionized the world of sound industry. They are used for high-quality sound recordings by professionals and novice bands who record without the studio.
Sound engineers can now record all instruments and vocals for a piece of music separately, adjust the tone of each individual track, and if necessary, can re-record certain tracks to correct errors and make them better. They come in various specifications; for instance, the number of simultaneous tracks available for recording.
Multitrack recorders are relatively simple to use, as compared to computers and DAWs. Yes, they have some flaws, but their numerable advantages belittle the inadequacies in the multitrack recorders.
And above all, they kept the door open for remixes. If it weren’t for the older methods- where once the tracks had been re-recorded together they became inseparable- we wouldn’t even have the chance to witness these awesome remix songs that we love. This overshadows any and every shortcoming they possess.