Mixer to computer thingy. adapter?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by PollyBass, Sep 4, 2001.

  1. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Yeah, i was wondering where i can get a adapter so i can run the mixer to the comp, i saw some RCA-1/4, Cords in musicains friend. would this do it?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Yes, a stereo adapter will work fine.
  3. dytakeda

    dytakeda Guest

    Jul 18, 2000
    Radio shack has adapters to adapt anything to anything else.
  4. Muttluk

    Muttluk Guest

    Jan 19, 2000
    Oakland, California
    i've noticed a bunch of your threads of you saying your gonna begin recording and whatever...

    Some things you may want to consider...

    How many tracks you have on your Mixer... if you're gonna get some software (i.e. Acid) which allows you to mix together multible recorded tracks, then n/m, otherwise, your gonna be recording everything at once, and then you'd need to be able to plug everything in at once.

    What kind of sound card do you have? How good of quality do you want this recording to be? You CAN simply plug the mixer output into the "Line In" of any standard soundcard that comes wiht a computer, but it may not sound so good. You may want to look into getting a quality soundcard, designed to record music. Such (some of them anyways) soundcards have RCA inputs built in, and you wouldnt need this mentioned adaptor.

    What kind of recording program do you have? Now that you've considered all the factors to get this music onto your computer, how do you plan on recording it? Are you just going to use the sound media recorder that came stock on yoru computer, or are you going to use some multi-track software (i.e. Acid) to mix the recorded tracks.

    Depending on how much money you want to spend, and the quality of your recording, you should consder the fallowing factors...

    If you want a high quality recording (i.e. cd quality) how much will it cost you to do it on your computer? Just as an example, i will mention prices of how much stuff i saw, and the stuff you'd need. (this is assuming you dont have any of the mentioned stuff)

    -Mixer 8 track one, i've seen go for about $150-$300 depending on quality

    -Sound card $100-$500, i really dont know much about whats a quality brand, and whats an okay brand, but they go for around this much

    -A recording program, Acid Pro, i've seen go for $200-$300, and you get unlimitied numbers of tracks, but you can get a cheaper version, like "acid rock" which i have, which gives you 8 tracks, and is much less ($50)

    -Misc. cost's, mic's ($100-$500), patch cables ($20), DI boxes ect. ($100-$200)

    Then there is the pretty much as cheep as you can get route, super bad quality imo...

    -DI for guitar or bass, possibly both, two birds wiht one stone (j-station) $150

    -One patch chord, and adaptor so you can plug it into the "line in" in your stock sound card, from the output of your DI. ($25-$100, what kind of cable do you use?)

    -One multi track recording program, (acid rock $50)

    -One dynamic mic (i.e. Shure SM-57 $75) used to record vocals, and to mic the room of the drums.

    but even with that, the final cost is around $400. (if you buy everything new)

    Then if all of this is you plan on buying is over $400, you may want to look into the Boss BR-532. Its a digital recorder, its all you really need. It has a "built in" DI, so to say, which has amp modulators, and built in effects. It is technicly a "digital 4-track" but dont let that fool you. You can "bounce tracks" (if your unfirimliar with that term, its combining tracks together, after you've mixed them, into one track), so you really have 32 tracks to record on. It's all digital, so it will be cd quality. It has many other features like a xlr input, and "line in" input as well as the "guitar in". You can only record 2 tracks at the same time, but you always can connect an outboard mixer to it, which then you can record however many tracks that the mixer has to one track.

    Just for your info on my background with recording me...

    I've been as low as using a micro casset recorder to record my band, put it in the middle of the room, and played. It was our demo tape. It worked, got us the gig. SUPER BAD QUALITY.

    I've recorded into my computer using the stock sound card, and some DI's (which i already had, Sans Amp DI, and a mesa/boogie V-Twin, which is actuly a pre-amp, but has a DI out.) and an adaptor from radio shack, and used Acid Rock. I got some odd warble effect, but figure its the soundcard. We burnt it to cd, better than the micro casset, so i'm happy.

    I'm currently looking into the BR-532, it looks pretty convincing, i'm almost set on getting it.
  5. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Wowe. well let me see, were using N-Track on the comp. the 3rd from the cheapst eurodesk, and we are micing the guitarist, im going into the mixer with my xlr out on my head, and (were poor, but we are trying.) 2 mics to mic the drums. Were going to lay down the insturments first, then have the singer over it (By mixing to wav files) and useing the stock music card that came with the comp. This is the best we can do. any sugjestions on what we could do differntly?