How to use Wholeworldband
wholeworldband is a recording studio in the cloud – you record your music using your iPhone or iPad video camera, upload it and share it with the world. Other musicians can then add their own music and ideas.
Firstly, if you are make multitrack music wholeworldband is not a replacement for your DAW. Wholeworldband is a 6 track stereo recorder with no SMPTE / timecode – everything is “live”. This means you must record any music that you do not intend to play live onto your first seed track – unless you can accurately and manually trigger it later – not easy!
After you have recorded your first TRACK – called a seed track – there are five empty (stereo) tracks for other musicians to record onto, if they BUY your SEED track. The end goal is to create a MOSAIC of different instruments. It is also possible to create mosaics from any of the contributions without doing any recording – you can just mix and match any musicians’ recordings (minimum two trcaks – maximum six). You do not have to include the SEED track.
What equipment do I need for Wholeworldband?
wholeworldband currently supports iOs devices only – iPad or iPhone.
This is the minimum using the built in microphone on your device. For better audio quality you will need an interface ( to use a microphone for example), & to use an interface you will need the Apple Camera Connection kit.
How to Use wholeworldband
Create an account and log in.
1. CREATE YOUR FIRST SEED TRACK
Start by creating what is called a seed track. You have 7.00 minutes of (stereo) recording.
An example could involve two basic tracks. You might mixdown all your drums, bass and synthesizer down – to create your seed track – then record live along with this on shaker & vocals for the next track – called a “contribution”.
You might add a third track where you play guitar. If you want you can record one instrument on each of the six tracks – you choose how to layer your music.
You have unlimited takes because you can delete the ones you don’t like – you drag them into the trash can in the lower left corner of the screen
You can make your mosaics private | invisible on the app BUT if your seed is used by someone else in a mosaic then it is there forever!
IF YOU DECIDE TO ADD to SOMEONE ELSE’S SEED TRACK – you are limited to UPLOADING just one CONTRIBUTION track [unless you buy back into it for each contribution].
PRESS MENU BUTTON
PRESS STUDIO BUTTON
PRESS START SEED SESSION
PRESS ACCEPT & BUY BUTTON
CONFIRM YOUR PASSWORD
NAME YOUR SESSION / NAME YOUR SONG / CONTENT TYPE
THE STUDIO SCREEN
You are inside the virtual “STUDIO”. You can set your pricing and rights – follow the FIVE steps on the left – record a notes video about your music or RECORD TAKE using the button at the bottom of the screen.
PRESS RECORD TAKE
Use the buttons on the left to choose a count in – best method is to select the “4bar count-in” – and then choose the camera (front / rear) you will be using. The rear camera on iPad has the best quality.
If using headphones switch the input monitor on in the lower right hand corner by sliding the switch right – then you can test your instrument input levels using the meter.
PRESS START RECORDING
Record your performance and when you are finished PRESS STOP RECORDING
The video will then load and start to playback. Either DISCARD your performance or SAVE TAKE. Tap somewhere on the screen to reveal the play button to listen again.
If you are happy PRESS SAVE TAKE BUTTON and fill out the form and PRESS SAVE
YOU HAVE successfully CREATED YOUR SEED TRACK and it will appear in the virtual STUDIO:
YOU HAVE A CHOICE TO press UPLOAD TAKE if you are COMPLETELY finished or make more recordings.
If you want to make overdubs to your seed track or to anyone else’s folllow this link How to use wholeworldband- overdubbing