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What to record band practice with on a budget?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Metalbasspro, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. Metalbasspro


    Feb 9, 2009
    I am talking like boom box budget. There does not seem to be anything on the market that get a clear recording like the old boom boxes used to get.

    I bought a used one but the tape deck would not run, I used my old one and the tape deck would not run. I bought a old style cassette recorder and used that. The motor had some issues and were noisy. It made the recording pretty awful.

    Short of buying one of those 4 track recorders I don't see anything that works well. SO much for progress.

    I do have a digital lecture recorder but the bass drums distort it, not bad but I need a better recording.

    Is there any way to filter the mike?
  2. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    our drummer uses his iPhone, but he puts it right outside the practice room door. That really helps with keeping the kick & the bass clear. It sounds surprisingly OK to hear what everyone is doing and to play along to at home thru slightly better speakers.
  3. pudgychef

    pudgychef Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    Zoom H1 - cheap and sounds decent (imho)
  4. In my jam band, my buddy uses a USB microphone connected to his laptop. He already had the laptop, so no additional cost for the recorder. His mic was a little over $100 dollars. I use a Tascam mic/preamp connected to my iPod Touch. I already had the iPod. The Tascam device was about $70 dollars.
  5. LeeNunn

    LeeNunn Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
    I like the USB mike idea.

    We use a Zoom H4N, which is great. We used to use a Zoom H1, which is similar. I see an H1 on Craigslist for $70. We record the entire rehearsal and then use Audacity to extract the songs into individual MP3 files.
  6. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    The H1 sounds great. We use that for all our practice recordings, and the files are really easy to email and transfer back and forth with each other.
  7. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Since no one has mentioned it at all I'll just say Zoom H1.
  8. Metalbasspro


    Feb 9, 2009
    I need something mobile to bring into the jam room not at my home. Cheap and decent, I know that is asking a lot but an the old boom boxed were cheap and I used to get some really good recordings out of them. Clearly hear all the various things being played. They just don't seem to have anything like this anymore like they had tape decks that could record but CD players? I've never seen one.

    I did try putting the tape recorder outside the room. The sound was better but the fidelity was degraded to the point of being useless.
  9. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Why haven't ANY of you recommended the Zoom H1? Bastids!

    Seriously, you turn it on and push record. I'm just listening to the recording of the Clifford Brown Birthday performance we did a couple of weeks ago. It's $99. Go to an ATM now.

    All the stuff up on my soundcloud page was recorded with the H1.
  10. halfjackson


    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I use a Tascam Dr-40 to record rehearsals and gigs. It has a ton of features that I haven't used yet, but overall I've been very happy with it. I've gotten some solid recordings with it.
  11. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    any digital video camera should have 16 bit or 24 bit stereo audio, just keep it far enough away from the amps/drums or play at a more controlled volume
  12. Metalbasspro


    Feb 9, 2009
    I have two needs for the recordings one is taken care of by my lecture recorder the other need is a format I can put into my boom box, tape or CD and play along to the original music I am trying to get a handle on but can't because I lack the one of the above mentioned needs. While the recorder I have to take to work is OK it seems to distort some of the music to the point I cannot tell some of the changes talking place in the song to they are not clear enough to hear the notes I need to be hearing. For example when the played notes are moving in half steps.
  13. USB mic -> old laptop w/ Reaper.
  14. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    If you have a mixer with a headphone out for rehearsal, you can probably go from the headphone out to the mic in on your computer and record with some freeware like Audacity. The headphone out is actually very hot for the computer's mic input, so start with the headphone-out volume very low and keep it low so it doesn't distort.
  15. We use a TASCAM DR-07MKII. Works killer! Easy as can be.
  16. de Kyme

    de Kyme

    Oct 17, 2013
    I use RecForge on my android phone. Set the input volume low to avoid distortion.
  17. de Kyme

    de Kyme

    Oct 17, 2013
    Also our keyboad player uses his iPhone, drummer has a pocket zoom and, as we usually rehearse in guitarist's home studio, he uses 16 channels into ProTools.