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Member Since: Jul 17, 2006

hi. My name is Adam, I am 13 years old, and new to this board. I have been recording for a while, and my recordings, to me, sound bare. I have heard about layering things, don't know what the heck it is, and would like to know, and how to do it. I would also like to know how "revolution 9" was recorded. Thanks.


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Cone Poker
Since: Apr 07, 2002

Jul 17, 2006 09:28 pm

Welcome to HRC Adam! Layering is when you take several sound sources to make one sound kinda... Like if you wanted a really thick guitar sound you'd layer several copies of the same track. Make sense?

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jul 17, 2006 10:36 pm

Layering can also be using multiple differant guitar or instrument tracks and blending them together.

I will often layer several differant pad synths to get one certain sound form the end result. Or layer differant bass sounds to achieve one final tone. You can layer a bass note with a kick drum note, a piano note with a pizz or sustained string note.

So if your looking to thicken up a guitar track, simply record several takes and blend them together with slightly differant EQ and pan settings.

As for Revolution 9 and how it was recorded. I have some links I will try to post tommorrow for you. But I think the real truth is best told by Sir George Martin, and I would geuss he will never give those secrets away.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jul 17, 2006 10:38 pm

Here is the google search page for Revolution #9. Have a look through some of the links and maybe you can catch bits of what was done to record it.

And Welcome to HRC, just where were my manners above.


Typo Szar
Since: Jul 04, 2002

Jul 18, 2006 12:52 am

Layering in terms of thickening up a sound works because the subtle inaccuracies in ur playing, and the small differences in sound and tone, differences in air and EQ etc. etc. etc. all come together to create a larger thicker sound. I like to think its becoz when u listen to a guitar in real life or such, ur not just hearing the guitar, ur hearing its entire sound from its source, and then the reverb off all the surfaces around u coming at different times, and all the other things that happen before the sound gets to ur ear. this stuff isnt picked up by mics, so u have to simulate by recording these kinds of natural occurings and layering them ontop of eachother.

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