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Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by MasterChief, Apr 23, 2004.

  1. MasterChief


    Feb 4, 2003
    My band is interested in getting some home recording equipment. We are all 15 years of age. We don't have the money to purchase a lot.

    Right now, we use a laptop to record our music. The sound quality is very horrible. You can't even hear the bass! :bawl:

    What are some good brand names? Could you help us pick out a good deal? We don't need anything fancy. Just something that can record, play-back the recorded music, and be able to put the music on a cassette tape and CD. (Is this even possible)?

    For starters you could line your next rehersal up as if you were playing a gig - you know drums in the center, lead vocal out front, guitars, keyboards, horns, whatever arranged as if playing to a crowd. Set a single mike out front (that is your audience) and record on whatever tape player you have. This will give you a lot of insight as to what you really sound like (don't be shocked - be encouraged, it does get better if you listen and work at it). (Sony Cassette deck, Mini Disk, or even a DAT machine).

    This may sound a little wierd at first, but by doing this you can work on your levels (guitars too loud? background vocals lost?) and work on the overall production of the song (need a better drum fill going into the chorus, we need the guitars and keyboards to compliment each other more - not play over the top of each other, etc.).

    Then you can progress to the next stage - a better way to record this type of set up. Lets add a second recording microphone and tape in stereo on a decent cassette deck. Use a matched set of mics (I use Shure SM57's a lot) and have them in a classic 'X' pattern. Basically you have the front (diaphragm) of the mikes pointing towards each other at a 70 to 90 degree angle with the front of the mikes about 2" or so apart. This will pick up a very good stereo image of the session.

    This is a good place to start to learn How To Record, you can also learn what not to do, which can be just as important as what to do!

    Live Recording Techniques - On A Budget!

    A Tutorial by David Breton

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    That should help get you started!