Novice Recording Questions

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by RedLizard, Dec 17, 2004.


  1. RedLizard

    RedLizard Member

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    I dig all the clips guys have posted to the soundclips forum and would like to contribute a few of my own, but I'm technologically challenged...make that illiterate. Could you guys provide some advice on some basic equipment I'll need to create my own clips? I definitely don't want or need anything fancy right now, just a setup that's good enough to allow me load up a backing track, record a solo, do some minor edits (i.e. reverb, delay) and then spin out a clip to post here.

    I know software is a big part of this, so some pros/cons on the most popular options would be appreciated. Please keep in mind I'm a beginner and simpler is better. FWIW, I have a Koch Pedaltone preamp that has an unbalanced PA/Rec out, as does my Koch attenuator. I also have a Pod XT that I understand can shoot something to my PC via a USB connection.

    Any help appreciated.
     
  2. tedm

    tedm Gold Supporting Member

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    What's your budget, and how many tracks would you need to record simultaneously?

     
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    Without knowing what even the most basic recording gear costs, I'll say my budget is $350. I'll have very little need for multiple tracks simultaneously. I just need something that allows me to add a single track of guitar to an mp3 backing track and then a way to add reverb, delay, etc... Something intuitive and straightforward. I'd lean toward something for direct recording, rather than using a microphone.
     
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    tedm Gold Supporting Member

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    These are just my opinions, but you could start with an EMU1212m 2 channel PCI card with great A/D converters, and go with a budget Behringer or other 4-6 channel mixer with at least a couple of channels with mic preamps.

    Then a Shure SM57- or Sennheiser e609 mic.

    The EMU comes with Wavelab lite, and Cubasis VST, but I've found cubasis VST cumbersome with a handful of decent plug-ins.

    You might want to check out Cakewalk Guitar Tracks or Sony Acid, or the Adobe product that used to be Cool Edit.


     
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    Thanks, Ted! I'm off to research.
     
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    Deaj Silver Supporting Member

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    I just purchased a USB audio interface for my laptop so that I can record at home. It is an M-Audio product called the Fast Track USB. It's a mono interface with an XLR input, 1/4" TRS input for both line and instrument level signals, direct hardware monitoring with mix control, stereo RCA outs, 1/8" stereo headphone out, and 24bit/48KHz A/D-D/A converters. These sell for $100.

    M-Audio Fast Track USB site

    You should be able to pick up a copy of Cubase SE (which will include a variety of audio effects plug-ins) off of Ebay for less than $100.

    Example auction (no affiliation with the seller)

    There may be a cheaper way to go but for around $200 you'll be able to do all of what you describe in your post and more.
     
  7. mwoeppel

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    Thanks for the low end rig.

    I'm trying to figure this out, too. I have a Pod 2.0 that can interface with my computer, but there is no software on the thing. It won't work with the riffmaster - so ----

    I'm thinking, dump the gear on eBay, update the Pod to the XT version and buy Cubase or Cakewalk if riffmaster won't work.

    Am I trying to over-analyze this?

    I'm running on a laptop with windows XP. Any advice would be appreciated. thanks!

    Mark
     

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