Cakewalk by BandLab Tutorial (Part 2) – Recording and Editing Audio Tracks


Hey guys, in this video we’re going to check
out how to record audio in Cakewalk by BandLab. Before we start, if you didn’t check out
our previous getting started video, I recommend doing that before starting. This video will cover configuring an audio
interface for recording, setting up your tracks, recording audio with multiple takes, punching
in and out, trimming audio tracks, and adding fades. First, go to the edit menu at the top and
select preferences. You can also open this menu with the P button. Go to Devices under Audio. This shows us all the inputs and outputs for
our audio interface that we’ll be using. You can select the ones you want to be used. For example, if I’m never going to be using
SPDIF or ADAT with my interface, so I can disable those inputs and outputs so they don’t
come up. Next we’ll add a few tracks. I’ve deleted everything and started a blank
project first. At the top menu bar, go to Insert, and select
Audio Track. If you want to add multiple audio tracks,
we’ll do this a few more times. You can also right click on the blank track
area to add a new track. I’ll set up this project for a drum recording
with a stereo pair of microphones, a mic on the snare, and a mic on the kick. We don’t need to set the track as stereo
or mono, Cakewalk will automatically do that when we select our input. The first thing I like to do with my new tracks
is rename them. To see all the track options, click and drag
the bottom of the track to expand it. On the right of the track options, there’s
a few buttons to go over. The mute button disables that track, and the
solo button makes it play while excluding all other tracks that are not soloed. The record button arms that track for recording
on the input we select for it. The input echo is basically a track monitor
button, and it allows you to hear the track with all the effects while it’s being played. In the bottom row we can see an R button. This enables automation read for that track. With this disabled, the automation settings
will be ignored. The WT button is for writing automation to
that track. The star button freezes the track. This bounces it will all the effects to a
new clip to take some of the load off the CPU during playback. Finally, the A button is for Archive. This track won’t be played. Unlike muting, you can’t just turn it back
on without stopping playback, but it also decreases the load on the CPU. This is what you should use to disable different
takes that aren’t being used. Now we need to set the track input and output. The left bottom dropdown is for the input. Click this, select the audio interface, and
select the input. I’ll be using the first stereo pair for
this track. The second track will use line input 3 and
the third track will use line input 4. If you take a look at this, the names of the
inputs might not appear as you expect them from other software. Cakewalk is considering all the inputs in
stereo pairs. That means that line input 3 left is the 3rd
input on my interface, but the 4th input is called line input 3 right. This doesn’t create a problem for recording,
it’s just a little bit confusing for how it’s displayed. Here we can also add a bus to group our tracks
together, but we’ll go into this in the mixing section later on. You can also set it to your audio interface’s
line outputs. That way if you have some sort of effects
processor you want to run it through, you can record the track without it first, then
add it after straight out of the software and loop it back into the audio interface. As this point we’re pretty much ready to
record. Press the red arm button on each track. Before you record, I strongly recommend setting
your project tempo and metronome up. Cakewalk timing is based on measures which
makes it a lot easier to edit everything later and combine audio and MIDI in the same project. Once you’re ready to record, press the red
record button in the transport at the top, or the R key on your keyboard. Now let’s take a look at how to work with
multiple takes in Cakewalk. If you’re recording, sometimes you’ll
play the same part multiple times and combine them to make it sound better. To open the takes menu, right click on the
record menu in the transport like we showed in the previous video. With the record mode in comping, we’ll overwrite
the previous recording and play the highest take, but it won’t be deleted. It will just mute the overlapped portion,
and we can unmute it if we want from the clip properties as we saw in the previous video. It also creates a split in our original track
at the beginning and end of the new recording, and this allows us to adjust where the transition
between takes will be fairly easily. In overwrite mode, it will delete the section
of the previous track that is being overwritten. I only use this when I’m sure I won’t
reuse a take again. Finally, there’s sound on sound. This doesn’t delete or overwrite anything. It just plays everything back. The next tool to look at is punching in and
out. We went over this briefly when we covered
the layout, but let’s take a look at how we can actually use it. First we start by making a time selection. Now go to the punch in out selection and press
the bottom button to set punch points to selection. The top button will light up, telling us that
we are now punched in for a certain section. If we want to get out of this mode, just click
it again. Now when we go back to the beginning and record,
it will play the entire song, with the metronome, but it will only start recording when it punches
in. This isn’t something you’d necessarily
want to use for a track that spans the entire song. It is nice when you’re recording a short
section like a guitar solo. You can have the song playing and only record
that section, that way your recordings aren’t wasting drive space, and you don’t have
to spend as much time trimming and cleaning up the tracks after. With that said, let’s look at the other
approach, which is just to trim the track. First, just keep your cursor tool in Smart
mode. Then click on the ends of the tracks, right
near the middle and drag them towards the center of the track to trim it. This can be done with snapping enabled, at
whatever resolution you choose, or you can zoom in and precisely trim the track to the
point where it starts or stops. Tracks can also be trimmed to extend them
outwards, but this just adds silence to the beginning or end, unless you have looping
enabled on that track. Finally, let’s take a look at adding fades
to a track. This is useful if you have a track with a
little bit of noise in it, and you don’t want it to abruptly end. Fading works similar to the trim tool, by
clicking and dragging the end of the track. The difference is that you are clicking and
dragging near the top of the track instead of at the center. By default, the fades are set to linear. When the fade indicator pops up, right click
on it and you can switch between linear, slow fade, and fast fade. The Neewer NW-700 is a budget-friendly condenser
microphone to get started with home recording, or voice over for video production. This XLR microphone is a good choice for those
looking to get started with audio production, and can be used with most USB audio interfaces. It also includes a shockmount and windscreen,
and has a cardioid polar pattern to reject background noise. Check out the link in the video description
to get one to start recording. Thanks for checking out this video on recording
and editing audio in Cakewalk by Bandlab. If you found this video helpful, don’t forget
to give it a like and subscribe to the channel. You can also check out the links in the video
description for products featured in this video and social media links.

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