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recording live onto separate tracks
Old 6 days ago
Gear Head

recording live onto separate tracks

hello. i am trying to record drums and guitar together live however i am short of understanding how to assign each instrument to a particular track. so far, the only thing it lets me do is record everything onto a track. if i want to plug a mic into channel 1 for guitar, plug a mic into channel 2 for drums, how do i stop them from getting recorded together on a track? in short, i want guitar on track 1 and drums on track 2 after a live performance.

i use a tascam 246 and have scanned the manual perpetually for answers. any and all help is appreciated. thanks!
Old 6 days ago
Gear Maniac

Use the 'Assign' buttons?
If channel 1 has only assign 1 pressed and channel 2 only has assign 2 pressed (etc) then those sources should only be recorded to the assigned tracks.
You should be able to send any input channel(s) to any track(s).
Likewise on playback, you'd reassign to L/R to create your stereo mix but will also need to switch to 'Tape' input to hear the tracks, not the inputs..
Old 6 days ago
Gear Guru

how to assign each instrument to a particular track
you do this in the DAW by creating the tracks and selecting the inputs for one to be "1" and the other to be "2". What DAW are you using. Normally, the input assign is visible in the mix window above the fader but below the sends. Most DAWs, the input and output buttons are next to each other, the input assign is the upper one and the output assign is below it. Leave the output alone.

perhaps you are dealing with stereo tracks in your DAW?

these tracks would naturally have assignments in pairs - so a new track would have "1-2" as its input choice. I do believe the signals would be panned L-R most of the time.

If you make mono tracks and have each one listening to a different input, you should be good to go. Keep in mind that if the guitar and drums are in the same room, there may be considerable guitar in the drum mics and considerable drums in the guitar mic. Experimenting with placement and awareness of the directionality of the mics will help reduce this bleed, but some amount of it is inevitable if they are live in the same room.
Old 6 days ago
Gear Maniac

Originally Posted by joeq View Post
you do this in the DAW .....
You may want to read the OP's last line
Old 5 days ago
Gear Guru

Originally Posted by Andy Thornton View Post
You may want to read the OP's last line
that's what I get for skimming!
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