For artist who are unable to opt out for Wav leases as they can be pricey. When you're putting together a project and you're a few beats away from going over your budget. Here's a method that can help you save some money and preserve audio quality with your songs at the same time. For This method you will need to create a Wav file by recording from a mp3 file. While using a DAW of your choice but for this illustration I’ll be using Presonus studio one 3. This is a similar technique producers use to create beats from old and new recordings called sampling. But in this case the beat is already made, mixed, mastered and you'll just need to create a wav file from its recording.
- Load up your DAW: While methods may vary upon program the principle remains the same and can be applied to any DAW.
- Import the mp3 file: Set the project tempo to file you're going to use.Locate the mp3 in your file browser then drag and drop into the sequencer.
- Create a “bus”: After you have imported the mp3 file, right click on the audio channel and select create bus.
- Route audio to a send: Click send so that the audio can sent to another channel and make sure the “bus” is selected.
- Create a new track. This new track is where you''ll be recording the audio to.
- Choose “bus”: Now to receive the audio signal on the new track make sure bus is selected as the input source.
- Adjust the input levels: At this point you should hear audio coming from the mp3 channel as well as the bus track. You'll also notice the sound being too loud.Adjusting the levels from mp3 channel so that it reaches a level you're comfortable with on the VU meter. you'll also want to give yourself some headroom for your vocals. You will need to adjust the volume levels to your liking. Adjusting the bus volume as well if you're unable to reach a desirable level.
- Arm the audio track: Once you've adjusted the levels make sure the monitor tab is and deselected and arm the track.
- Press record: Now that you have your levels and have armed your track click on record.
Review audio: Mute the mp3 and “bus” tracks to review what you've just recorded.
Once you've finished recording your song you'll now have to Bounce it out to either a Wav 44.1khz 16bit wav or mp3 file. Depending on how your songs will be distributed online most companies will prefer you to upload in wav format only.