If you like karaoke singing and you already shared your passion with your on-line friends of a community, one fine day you would be interested in the idea to have fun singing a duet with one of your friends.
A duet is easy when you sing with your friends, sister or brother at home, in the same room, same PC… but what if you on-line friend is in Japan and you’re in California?
In this case you should be able to setup a…
VIRTUAL DUET PROCEDURE
You and your friend should decide who does what, there are two Roles:
- the Mixer
- the Partner
The Mixer should be aware of all the tech-stuff, at least basic audio recording concepts and, in most cases, also know about Midi editing and software. It depends if you just like to sing with your friend or to make the final ‘product’ sound like a good semi-professional recording: of course the experience of the Mixer would make this difference. By the way the important thing is to have fun together.
The duet Partner should simply know how to record his/her vocal track and send it to the Mixer, that’s all.
Basically the procedure steps are:
- Mixer and Partner agree on the song to sing together so they find the background music (midi-file or other audio) and share this file, same file;
- a wise choice is to search for a Midi file, especially if the song is not so popular so that no audio karaoke (e.g. mp3/wav) is available; in this case they should also agree on the Key of this song (if the song is too high it is possible to lower the music of the desired amount of semitones). Also the Tempo should be changed but… too much stuff to mention;
- Mixer -once the choice is made- should start working on the background music with audio editing software, modifying accordingly the midifile (in case of mp3 or other audio file, not much to do), trying to make it sound good;
- Mixer sings his/her part and records the first vocal track (multitrack recording software is recommended);
- Mixer exports a composite of background music and vocals, let’s say in mp3 (stereo and at least 128 Kbps), from the audio Project containing all tracks. Not necessarily a final product even a ‘draft‘ file, the important is that the key and tempo of the music are the chosen ones they previously agreed upon;
- Mixer sends this draft audio file to the Partner (by email as attachment, instant messaging ’send file’, etc…);
- Partner starts recording his/her vocal track (the second one): also in this case it is good to use a multitrack software so Partner could put the background in track 1 and record a second track with his/her voice only;
- Partner exports his vocal track only as a good quality mp3 (stereo and 128 Kbps is ok), so: no background music, less background noise as possible, no heavy breath on the mic and no effects (reverb, echo, etc..) on the voice;
- Partner sends this audio file to the Mixer;
- Mixer now has all the tracks and should do his/her best to make the final exported audio file sound good, adding effects to the voices, manage the stereo position of each track, etc…;
- Share the final product, it depends on the purpose: generally the final step is simply to upload the final mp3 somewhere but in case the website, community or service requires you to record directly from the microphone you should let your sound output to act like a mic, so a simple playback of your final mp3 will simulate you singing on the mic.