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    I've heard various collaborations here on UU. I've never done it, and was wondering how it's done. Does one person record their piece, and send an mp3 to then other, who adds theirs, and combines/mixes them?
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    I don't have experience with that, but I would think that would be the easiest. If you were using something where you could set up multiple tracks you could send it back and forth and keep each track intact, allowing for editing and mixing. On a Mac it is easy to use something like Garageband. I am not sure what else would be cheap and easy

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    Yes, but it's not a simple process. Each person needs to know how to record on their device, plus, they have to use headphones to prevent the original track from recording on their track. Either they use a multi-track app that allows playback with a headphone and record at the same time, or they have to use two devices, one to playback with a headphone, the other to record, which then requires someone to combine and sync the tracks in a multi-track app. I'm sure there are many examples on YouTube.

    When my group met twice a week for rehearsal, I would record each song on my iPad Pro, then at home, clean it up and upload it to my web site so everyone could practice anytime as if we're all together. With COVID and using Zoom for play-along rehearsal, the leader now has to record herself singing and playing uke with a drum track, which she send to me, then I use Garage Band on my Mac to record my bass track, then upload that to my site.


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    I only ever tried it once.
    The way it probably works the best:

    The one who is going to mix things together, and probably has the more advanced recording software, records the initial tracks. Then uploads to a file sharing platform - either the advanced project file or an mp3 that might or might not have a metronome in the mix. Mp3 files can probably be attached to mail, but something like Dropbox, Google drive or the like can be needed for bigger files.

    Other participant(s) downloads this and listens to it on headphones while recording their bits into a separate track. If you don't have a proper DAW (digital audio workstation), a simple free software like Audacity will let you do that. The other participant uploads their sound files, being it wav or mp3.

    The one who does the mixing downloads them, import them to the music software, adjust the volume to suite the other tracks, turns off metronome if there was one, applies any effects such as compression, reverb etc., and exports a finished sound file.

    Most of the stuff can be done with audacity if you are patient, but it is not really good for metronome and effects. It is really mostly for recording some tracks and adjusting the volume, which for a lot of purpose is just fine.
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    An easier solution is Acapella. It is an iPad or iPhone only app. Records video, but the audio track can be saved separately if wanted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SailingUke View Post
    An easier solution is Acapella. It is an iPad or iPhone only app. Records video, but the audio track can be saved separately if wanted.
    I saw some YouTube videos on that and it seemed promising

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    The success of Acapella is that the application has absorbed the video capabilities of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram combined. Among other things, the service allows users to show creativity. For example, it is possible to use improvised means for arranging instead of standard musical instruments.

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    Can you share these videos?

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