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From Buckley's New Banjo Method, 1860. A quickie iMovie experiment, syncing a multitrack recording from another source with video.

Banjo, Tambourine & Bones hurriedly recorded and mixed on an iPhone using the FourTrack app, and synced to video recorded on the desktop at the same time as the banjo track. A little bit tedious with iMovie, it would probably be much less so with professional video editing software.

This tune is somehow deceptively tricky. The 'B' part goes on forever.

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Comment by Paul Draper on July 11, 2013 at 7:42am
Sounds good. I'm gonna have to look into FourTrack. Did you have any problems syncing the audio tracks to the video?
Comment by Andy Chase on July 11, 2013 at 7:54am

FourTrack is a really remarkable piece of software for $4.99.  I've never tried any of the external microphone options available for the iPhone, but the built-in mic does pretty admirably for my amateur efforts.

Syncing the video was a little bit tricky; iMovie lets you split the original audio from a video clip and then drag in an external audio file (in this case, I did the mixdown on the phone and brought everything over as a single file).  I did a low-tech "slate" at the beginning by clapping my hands, which gives you both visual and audio cues to sync on.   I was able to drag the audio into more or less the right place (clap sound right when my hands came together) and then cut off the the beginning, but I don't have enough of a feel for how splitting/cutting/moving things around behaves to feel like I'm really in control of it yet.

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