#1
Ok, I have a decent laptop, good audio and vid card, plenty of ram and space. so I'll be able to run most if not all the software out there.
I just (yesterday) Bought a Behringer B2 Pro Condenser Microphone. Next purchase will be some digital recording and mixing softwars, but I have no clue which one.

I'll be recording Vocals and accoustic guitar with some electric/bass/drums (not often use them though)

anyway Reccomend me something good. Money is not a huge barrier but i dont wanna spend heaps.
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#3
I would recommend first looking for some kind of an audio interface, because 99% of regular sound cards are not built for recording and even if the mic sounds ok on your computer, on other systems it can sound really awful. Plus a lot of the interfaces (even the cheap ones) come bundled with some kind of recording software. Or you can first check out some free software, like Audacity to hear your sound card and see what kind of features you need.
#4
my new laptop is running Windows 7 64-bit and am using Sonar Producer 8 64-bit... It's great!
Now running an Eleven Rack with Pro Tools 10.3.3 - it's amazing and I'm having ball with it - worth every penny. PT 10 is tops IMO and the Eleven Rack is a work of art!
#5
Get Reaper (it's got an infinite testing period and is $60 to buy) and ignore everyone that mentions something along the lines of Audacity, Adobe Audition, Sony Acid Pro or any shit like that.

Other alternatives are Sonar, Cubase or Logic, which are all more expensive and do more or less the same thing.

Even a nice sound card will not cut the mustard for recording, you want something a bit more specialised - something usb with both a quarter inch jack and xlr input.
#6
I ran direct (using a 1/4" -> 1/8" adapter) into my Mac's LINE IN for a long time - I thought it sounded GREAT... then I bought an Interface and realized how much "OOOMPH" I had been missing. An Interface will amaze you when you hear it "kick in". I also plug my computer subwoofer system into it and use it for ALL MY SOUND - system sounds, DVD's, Games, etc. It's an Awesome soundcard too on both my Mac G5 and my Windows Laptop.

I agree - an Interface is a MUST for computer recording.
Now running an Eleven Rack with Pro Tools 10.3.3 - it's amazing and I'm having ball with it - worth every penny. PT 10 is tops IMO and the Eleven Rack is a work of art!
Last edited by strangedogs at Nov 6, 2009,