Tips for a Yamaha AW16G

Although home studios often use computers to help record and edit home audio, audio workstations still have a more user-friendly interface and are often more portable than bulky computer setups. The Yamaha AW16G features 16 tracks of digital audio recording and up to 144 virtual instrument tracks to create a full sounding professional quality recording. Still, as with most workstations, some tips can help you get more out of the product.

Bouncing Tracks

One of the key features of the Yamaha AW16G is the ability to bounce tracks. Bouncing a set of tracks means combining more than one track on a single separate track, allowing the original tracks to be used in another way. For example, if the player is recording guitar on track 1, keyboard on track 2 and drums on track 3, he can bounce them all to track 4 and then use tracks 1-3 for vocal harmonies or different instruments. Bounce tracks on the AW16G by pressing the "Record" button in the quick navigate area repeatedly until the "Bounce" page comes up. Here, move the cursor to the star icon at the top of each source track and press "Enter" to connect the tracks. Next select the star icon of the destination track and press "Enter." Finally, press "REC" and "PLAY" buttons in the transport menu.

Live Sound Mixing

The Yamaha AW16G was designed to perform as a home studio track recorder and editor but it can also be configured to handle live sound mixing. Configure the AW16G for live sound mixing by pressing the "Utility" button repeatedly until the "Preference Menu" is displayed. From here select the "Fader Flip" selection box. Next, press the "PAN/BAL" button until the "Aux Out" page displays and select the "Aux 1/2" preference. Finally, connect the monitoring system and front-of-house system to control from the AW16G.

Mixing Down

If you have recorded a track in mono by accident and desire stereo sound, use the Mixdown to Stereo process on the AW16G. Start by pressing the "Record" button until the "Mixdown Screen" appears. Next, select "REC" at the centre of the screen. Now play the song and adjust each fader to the desired mix level without letting the stereo peak go above clip level (zero) on the LED meter. Finally, press the "RTZ" button and press the "RECORD/PLAY" button to record the track in stereo.

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