Recording my Adele Hello Cover video

I have received a request to explain exactly about how I went about recording my Adele cover video. The video is here: https://youtu.be/78q3hVNPkTU

I am going to be doing a Periscope (anybody hear of this?) on this and will probably put it on Youtube so I will keep you posted.

First I make a very basic backing track using Band in a Box (wonderful product www.pgmusic.com). Then I make a "karaoke" type scrolling lyrics thingy with the chords typed in (so I don't waste time messing up the chords and lyrics). I use a program called Karaoke CD+G Creator from Power Karaoke.

I set up an HD camcorder on a tripod directly behind the screen of my laptop and plug in my Samsun Meteor USB mic into the laptop. For this video I was wearing one Shure over the ear headphone but it was not ideal because the cable wasn't really long enough. I recorded the vocals and guitar using Realband on my laptop. Realband can display CDG files, which is great. I simultaneously pressed record on the camcorder.

Then I mixed the song in Realband. I then imported the final mixed wav file and raw video footage into my video editing program which is NCH Videopad. I then lined up the vocals from the mixed track with the vocals on the video and muted the video audio track and there you have it.

From one of the comments on the video I learned that I was not looking into the camera enough so next time I am going to do the following:  Make an mp3 of the backing with loads of "white" time in the font to give me time to get in place. Copy the mp3 and CDG file to the phone (I have a program on my iphone that can play these files), mount the phone on the tripod just above or below the camera. Plug the headphones into the iphone and play the CDG +MP3 (I will need a long cable for my headphones). Record the vocals and guitar into Audacity via my USB mic. Record the video using my Camcorder. I will then have the vocals recorded seperately on a track and all I will have to do is import it into Realband and line up correctly and then mix in Realband. Line up the track with the video.
 

2 comments

  • Bob

    Bob Pidgeon

    Thanks for the link to this information, it will come in handy. Me, when I create a video this is what I do. I record the audio first on my Digital recorder, when mixing I use the master controls I try to make sure everything is perfect. Yes, I still use the old method. Then I will set up my camcorder sometimes with a green screen sometimes not. I set up my digital recorder with a live vocal feed going into it so I can hear myself singing with myself, this is so I can use my vocal on the HD video camera as a guide to line things up in my video editor which is Windows movie maker; line everything up correctly mute the audio on the video then I save it in 1080p. Sometimes my HD recorder will not record the 1080 due to being dropped, so I usually record it in 720. Anyhow, when I get everything ready in either WMV or MP4 I will pull it into Adobe Premier elements and do some final edits, upload it. One other question I would have for you is this. Since you are doing a cover album how do you deal with the copyright part of it? Can you tell me how you do this? I usually create a lot of song's in my BIAB and have though about doing a cover album for sale, but I am not sure how to do the copyright part. Thanks I hope to hear from you soon.

    Thanks for the link to this information, it will come in handy. Me, when I create a video this is what I do. I record the audio first on my Digital recorder, when mixing I use the master controls I try to make sure everything is perfect. Yes, I still use the old method. Then I will set up my camcorder sometimes with a green screen sometimes not. I set up my digital recorder with a live vocal feed going into it so I can hear myself singing with myself, this is so I can use my vocal on the HD video camera as a guide to line things up in my video editor which is Windows movie maker; line everything up correctly mute the audio on the video then I save it in 1080p. Sometimes my HD recorder will not record the 1080 due to being dropped, so I usually record it in 720. Anyhow, when I get everything ready in either WMV or MP4 I will pull it into Adobe Premier elements and do some final edits, upload it. One other question I would have for you is this. Since you are doing a cover album how do you deal with the copyright part of it? Can you tell me how you do this? I usually create a lot of song's in my BIAB and have though about doing a cover album for sale, but I am not sure how to do the copyright part. Thanks I hope to hear from you soon.

  • Joanne Cooper

    Joanne Cooper

    Hi Bob. Copyright on covers is a tough one. I have a contract with The Orchard and my Youtube channel is partnered through them so they take care of the licenses for me. Essentially you need a synchronization license from the song publishers to legally upload cover songs to Youtube. However most writers and publishers will welcome cover versions of their songs (it gives the songs more exposure) so will not cause a fuss if you post a cover, so long as you do not try to monetize it. They may sometimes monetize your version. Sometimes they may serve you with a copyright infringement notice and ask you to remove the video and you must immediately do that to avoid any strikes on your Youtube account.

    Hi Bob. Copyright on covers is a tough one. I have a contract with The Orchard and my Youtube channel is partnered through them so they take care of the licenses for me. Essentially you need a synchronization license from the song publishers to legally upload cover songs to Youtube. However most writers and publishers will welcome cover versions of their songs (it gives the songs more exposure) so will not cause a fuss if you post a cover, so long as you do not try to monetize it. They may sometimes monetize your version. Sometimes they may serve you with a copyright infringement notice and ask you to remove the video and you must immediately do that to avoid any strikes on your Youtube account.

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