Beginner software for recording

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Beginner software for recording

Postby hollywoodmark » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:16 pm

Hi, guys. I'd like to start doing some basic recording, overdubbing, etc. and wondered what's a good, simple software program for doing so. I have a PC, not a Mac. Also, I'll need a microphone.

Any suggestions or tips? Thanks.
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Re: Beginner software for recording

Postby DonnyK » Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:25 pm

I've not used it for recording (I use Cubase - which is expensive), but try "Audacity" it's free and I've used it for editing some music on my comp and it seems ok
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Postby michaelm » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:28 pm

audacity -- it's available for Linux, Mac and MS Windoze.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

I've used it off and on for over five years now and it's done all that I've needed: record, overdub, edit, etc.

Mostly I hooked up mics and instruments to a mixer and ran the mixer Line-Out to Line-In on the computer's sound card. I never could get good quality sound out of a mic directly to the sound card. With any luck, I think that you should be able to find a couple of cheap mics and a small mixer for $100, round numbers. You might also want to look into the USB mics, but I've had no experience with them.

These days I use a Tascam DR-07 for recording and then audacity to clean up the sound files. HTH.
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Re: Beginner software for recording

Postby hollywoodmark » Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:03 pm

I downloaded Audacity, bought a couple cheap mikes and proper cable converters, and am pretty happy with the result. I spent most of yesterday messing with it--just the basics. Managed to put together a four-track recording that sounded almost like I knew what I was doing:). I'm not ready for a mixer yet, but I'll file that info away for later. Thanks, guys.
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