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    Default How to get started recording?

    The only tool I have for recording my playing is a cassette player. What all do I need to start recording on the computer and how much should I plan on spending??

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    This is an idea. I own this software

    http://www.sonomawireworks.com/store...d3e4c94784c8f6

    You'll need this to interface to the computer.

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...ace?sku=241406

    There's a start.
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    Depends on what you want to record. If you'll be playing an instrument and singing, for example, you'll need an interface with at least a couple XLR inputs to tackle vocals as well as amps/acoustics. Other than that, get decent software and a good set of headphones, and enjoy!

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    Default Re: How to get started recording?

    Quote Originally Posted by BloodRose View Post
    The only tool I have for recording my playing is a cassette player. What all do I need to start recording on the computer and how much should I plan on spending??
    All you need to make a record is a mic, some tape and maybe some bad reverb...
    If you just read a post by The Guy Who Invented Fire please understand that opinions change, mind sets change and as players our ears mature...not to mention our needs grow and change. With that in mind, today I may or may not agree with the post you just read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the guy who invented fire View Post
    All you need to make a record is a mic, some tape and maybe some bad reverb...
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


    Man... that's soooo true!


    Too funny...


    To get started on a computer, you need a computer that's up to task. Something fast, with lots of ram & harddrive space, and really... a separate drive for files and one for the system & programs.

    You'll also need some kind of interface... I/O with converters and probably a mic amp... ideally it'll have some kind of monitor/speaker control as well. Otherwsie that could be another box. And then software...

    And a microphone.

    At the least, it's a few hundred bucks for everything... up to thousands of dollars for a single piece of gear, like a pro level converter or even the software.

    You could/should maybe also look into a standalone box like a Tascam or Yomama portastudio w/ CD burning.

    Usually not much of a learning curve with those... sometimes just getting the DAW/computer to run can be a hurdle...

    If you're really computer savvy you might not have too many problems... but dealing with latency & clock issues, pops & clicks can be a drag. Even when you know what's up... Not to mention all the other maintance that goes into keeping a system running...

    Tape.

    Funny... today I've got on my rec.audio.pro shirt...

    Says;

    "My tape machine can beat up your digital workstation"

    hahaha

    Too funny dude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the guy who invented fire View Post
    All you need to make a record is a mic, some tape and maybe some bad reverb...

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Moose View Post
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
    Man... that's soooo true!
    Too funny...
    HA!

    I was HOPING you'd see that!!!
    If you just read a post by The Guy Who Invented Fire please understand that opinions change, mind sets change and as players our ears mature...not to mention our needs grow and change. With that in mind, today I may or may not agree with the post you just read!

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    Default Re: How to get started recording?

    i have a yamaha aw16g that is remarkably easy to use and sounds amazing...
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    Default Re: How to get started recording?

    Another machine I own is the M-Audio Black Box Reloaded, which interfaces with Audacity on one of my machines. Great setup.
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    Here's some info on the setup I'm using + screenshots: http://www.seymourduncan.com/forum/s...d.php?t=131943
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    Default Re: How to get started recording?

    I use a lexicon Omega run through my 160 gig computer. I also use the steinberg program that come with it ( cubase Le). I feel the problem is learning what does what and how to use it.
    I sometimes want to go back to the old tape system and say the heck with it.
    "Do Or Do not! There is no such thing as try."

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