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Audacity vs. Tracktion

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by spidersbass, Mar 11, 2005.


  1. spidersbass

    spidersbass

    Nov 29, 2004
    Downtown L.A.
    which is overall better?
     
  2. keb

    keb

    Mar 30, 2004
    Audacity does't do MIDI, does it? After scanning through the Audacity homepage, it looks like VST support isn't quite there yet either. I know for myself and my needs, MIDI and VST support is vital.
     
  3. spidersbass

    spidersbass

    Nov 29, 2004
    Downtown L.A.
    hmmm, well, since i have no idea what VST is, and only a basic understanding of MIDI, there both equal to me on that aspect, :).

    how 'bout for some basic recordings with maybe a mixer, a couple mics, and whatever instruments i'd want to record?

    ps. would i still need to buy another soundcard for this kinda recording? all i got is whatever is in my Compaq.
     
  4. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    I don't know Audacity and so can't compare, but Tracktion is a great little program. Very easy to learn and surprisingly powerful.

    Yeah, you should get another input device. Mackie sells Tracktion in a package with something called Spike, which is a coupla preamps/DIs that can be used for input. The whole package is no more than $400.

    VSTs will be your friend. You can have VST instruments like pianos or drum machines, where the devices basically live in your computer, and you can have VST effects like reverbs and compressors. All of which minimize your need for outboard gear.
     
  5. Tash

    Tash

    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    Audacity is free. Perfect for anything I want to do that isn't complicated enough to fire up Logic for.
     
  6. Tash

    Tash

    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    I'm gonna say yes. Your compaq probably has a generic AC97 audio rpcessor. Its fine for playback but cannot record without major latency issues and the DACs are not up to snuff.

    Get a real pro grade card. I started off with an M-Audio 2496, fine if you don't need multiple inputs.

    Stay away from USB interfaces, the bus doesn't have the bandwidth and most of them are too CPU intensive. Firewire/USB2.0 will work as long as the encoding is done in hardware.