Worldwide Track Suit is an international collaboration of musicians all creating a single recording of our song “Track Suit.” “Track Suit” written by members of Minor Mishap Marching Band has magically and unexpectedly traveled the world – spreading particularly through the HONK brass band festival community. We have heard so many wonderful versions of this song from people all over the world! We think this worldwide community is a beautiful and important thing. Since playing together in person is not a safe option right now, we thought we would take advantage of some online recording tools and connect our worldwide community together through a collaborative creative project.
How to participate:
UPDATE: Bandlab is terrible. Tired of so many people having problems working in it, so we are ditching it. (Don’t worry – we’ll include all tracks already posted to bandlab!)
NEW PROCESS: Please record to this track, wearing headphones!, please be sure to clap on the 4 claps at the beginning so we can sync it easily. If you want to also take a video while you do this, that would be great!
** A note about variations: The guide track is our version – BUT a lot of bands have made wonderful additions and changes to “Track Suit” over the years. If your variation can fit comfortably within and along with our version, we would love to hear it! (This means major changes such as meter, or form, probably won’t work, but more minor changes like a different peck part or different drum parts, could totally work. I’ll be looking for ways to feature these variations in the mixing process.
Some Recording Resources in case you want them:
- Download Audacity which is a freeware product for Windows and Mac and Linix. Here is the webpage
- Follow their instructions for installation.
- Open Audacity, For me, it automatically created a new project.
- Go to the “file” menu > import > audio
- Import the basic track provided above
- Go to the “tracks” menu >add new> mono. It doesn’t really matter if you select mono or stereo, but your input is probably mono.
- Put on headphones! It won’t work if your computer is playing the sound into the room. Bluetooth headphones will not work for this. They will create latency. You need wired headphones
- Make sure you have selected your track – it’s lighter grey if it’s selected. This is the default when you add a new track, so just don’t click anything and you should be fine. In audacity the selected track is light blue.
- Hit the record button (square) and try a few seconds. Make sure it’s recording into your track.
- See if you are too loud (clipping – where the audio wave fills the whole thing and distorts). * See screenshots below for further explanation of this.
- Along the top of the screen, just below the play and record button panel, there is a little picture of a microphone – that is where you can control your input volume. If you are clipping (likely if you play brass or drums) you adjust the controller to give you less input volume. If you are too quiet, you can make your input volume louder.
- Once the level looks good, hit record and record yourself playing the song!
- You can bring the wiper (indicator of play back) to a certain point in the song and begin recording there – this is useful if you make a mistake and need to redo some part a second time.
- When you are ready to upload your track, go the first track where you imported Track Suit and click “mute” or go to your track and click “solo”
- Listen and make sure the only thing you can now is your track and not any of the imported track.
- In the file menu, go to Export>export WAV or mp3 (audio is also fine)
- Don’t worry about those settings – the default should be fine.
- Upload your track here
Audio levels and clipping – setting your input volume and/or how far away should your computer be?
If the scribbles of audio waves are touching the sides of the track bar, that means you are too loud and you need to adjust your input volume. In audacity, there is a control in the program for this – the little microphone at the upper left. In bandlab, you’ll need to go to your computer’s main settings and adjust input volume. If that doesn’t work, move further away from your computer or mic. That looks like this: see how the edges of the wave pattern are getting cut off on the sides? That’s clipping and it’s literally that the sound wave is getting clipped because it’s outside the range, bc it’s too loud – this causes a distorted sound. If your tracks look like this, move your computer or mic further away from you, &/or play more obliquely to it. (Don’t just try to play quiet – better to just move away from mic)