A) Record vocal audio on to a track.
B) Listen to previous recorded audio on that same track and overdub (punch in/out) new audio at specific time.
C) Listen to your voice on your microphone with no lag, using my RME interface for direct monitoring.
I’ve found one way to do this and want to verify it’s the “right/best” way.
- Enable direct monitoring
- Set up 1 Cue mix called Cue1-Vocals in the Control Room
- Set up a Headphones mix in the Control Room
- Set up a Monitor mix in the Control Room
- Set the Phones to C1 (headphones)
- Set the Main to Mix (speakers)
- Turn off Main of course if you are in the same room as the mic.
- Create an audio track for your vocals. Mic in / Stereo out
- Create audio track for Mic Monitor. Mic in only
Mic Monitor track: Turn on Cue 1-Vocals (pre fader) and increase the volume (this sets the direct monitor level into the headphones of the real time input of the Microphone coming in on this track) This is so the vocalist can hear themselves through the mic. Click the MONITOR button. You now hear the mic.
Stereo Out track: For now, for simplicity sake also turn on Cue 1-Vocals (pre fader). This allows the headphones to hear the overall mix (which includes the elusive track for overdubbing)
Set your punch in/punch out points on your Vocal Audio track and you are good to go.
Is there a better way? I do realize if you wanted to use the tape machine monitor mode, this almost does it. You can’t hear the mic until the recording part, which could be fine. But you have no independent control over the level of your mic in your headphones. It changes depending on the fader on the vocal track. The same fader also changes to the level to your headphones from your mic, thus I still think there is an advantage to setting up a monitor mic track. The disadvantage would be if having your mic on before and after the punch in is a problem for you.
This seems to be working, but it took a little “figuring out”