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Want to experiment with recording

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by maxrathburn, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. Hey guys, so recently i talked to a few friends about jamming together, although we are very far from being a band. I have been interested in recording some stuff, sort of for fun. I have right next to 0 knowlege about it. It wouldnt have to be anything fancy, just something i could have 3 instruments played into and have recorded. As far as gear concerned, ive got my computer (PC) and my amps...Anything simple that i could just mess around with? Thanks.
  2. Dilbert


    Nov 20, 2012
    Northampton, U.K
  3. The real problem, in PC recording, is the ins and out. The more ins and outs, the better. Trying to plug directly into the computer's factory sound card is an iffy proposition.The easiest solution is usually some sort of USB audio interface, or a small mixer that, in effect, works like an audio interface. Either of these will take care of the ins and outs. Microphones plug in. Instruments plug in. Line level devices plug in. Headphone out, speaker out, line out. Lots of outs is a good thing. The interface, or mixer, plugs into the PC by USB. Simple. No, or very few, adapters needed. Many interfaces, or mixers, have phantom power for microphones that need it. Most of these devices come with recording software that makes setup very easy. If they don't come with software, that Reaper program does work well.
  4. That's what our engineer uses.

    But I think others are right: the big issue is the I/O. A person can use Garageband, but the trick is getting all the sounds in and out.
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  6. Kubicki440


    Feb 6, 2011
    Florence, Ky
    I am currently using Reaper with EZDrummer and a simple and outdated guitarport from Line 6. I also utilize the Presonus Studio One 2 Free version (kicking the tires now).

    Currently looking at the Presonus AudioBox 22VSL which comes with the Studio One Artist recording software.

    So are you recording drums (trap set) or using midi drums? Did you need all three inputs at once?

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