We find ourselves in the middle our month long challenge…that is to write, record, and finish a song in the month of January. At this point you should have a session created with your main instrument of choice recorded along with some drum loops or rhythm of some kind. If you’re just joining us you have plenty of time to catch up. Just head to week 1 and week 2 by clicking the links below and enjoy!

This week we are going to tap into the power and convenience  of using virtual instruments to fill out our arrangement a bit. Just a brief disclaimer: to really take advantage of all that your DAW has to offer by way of virtual instruments you need to use a keyboard controller of some kind. I wrote an article on it a few weeks back so be sure to check it out to get some ideas.

Just another reminder, here is how the weeks are broken up for our challenge:

  1. Starting Your Song – Creating a session, setting tempo, initial recording
  2. Rhythm – Using loops and drum machines to fill out the track
  3. Virtual Instruments – Using MIDI tracks to enhance your arrangement
  4. Editing – Comping vocals and overall cleanup
  5. Mixing – Basic mix and bounce for the web

Enjoy the video…and hey, feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. I’m here to help!

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