#1
Just got a Laptop (PC), and I was wondering if there are any good, preferably free recording programs (like garage band) that I can download off the internet?

I'd like it to be free, because I don't have a job right now, but if it's not, please tell me how much it would cost.

Thanks!
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#3
I recorded just a few seconds ago, and now I'm editing it with Audacity.
It's pretty good, for a free program
#4
Reading about that one right now. It looks pretty good, do you know if you can set up different amp settings on this, or if you can record it directly through an amp, and keep that amps settings?
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Reading about that one right now. It looks pretty good, do you know if you can set up different amp settings on this, or if you can record it directly through an amp, and keep that amps settings?

It doesn't have loads of effects itself (that I have discovered anyways), and I failed to record through my amp. But I'm total noob about this, so it could be possible.
#7
Audacity is nice. I use a usb cable to connect my effects (tonelab st) to my laptop and record with audacity. i've been looking for something better though
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#8
theres reaper, its not free but never actually stops after the trial period. If you were that way inclined you could keep using it
#10
Oh, but if you plan on making mp3 files with it, you have to download some other program too. It's not much, and takes like 30 seconds.
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theres reaper, its not free but never actually stops after the trial period. If you were that way inclined you could keep using it


Wow, reaper looks complicated, looks like it'd be pretty good though after I got used to using it! So the trial version is the same as the full version then, it's just supposed to stop working after a while?
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#12
I actually find audacity a problem because it wont save ur project as an mp3 or anything liek that it saves it as ,i forgot exactly but, something like an "audacity file" or something like that, and u cant put that sort of file into any other program.
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Oh, but if you plan on making mp3 files with it, you have to download some other program too. It's not much, and takes like 30 seconds.


what other programs would I need?
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I actually find audacity a problem because it wont save ur project as an mp3 or anything liek that it saves it as ,i forgot exactly but, something like an "audacity file" or something like that, and u cant put that sort of file into any other program.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq?s=install&item=lame-mp3
Here you go, my friend It's the file you need to make mp3 files

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what other programs would I need?

Same to you
#16
mixcradt 5.1 is much better and easier then audacity. Automatically handels mp3 exports, and easier to use. Alot like garageband, without the effects.
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Wow, reaper looks complicated, looks like it'd be pretty good though after I got used to using it! So the trial version is the same as the full version then, it's just supposed to stop working after a while?


Reaper never stops working, the company behind it believe that its better to have a 'buy me now' option that comes on for 5 seconds whileit starts up.
Its complicated for a while, but ive found it to be a much more complete recording interface. It also uses VSTs, which i never found options for on audacity
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mixcradt 5.1 is much better and easier then audacity. Automatically handels mp3 exports, and easier to use. Alot like garageband, without the effects.


My brother just said the free version of mixcraft is only a 30 day trial, is that right?
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#19
Mixcraft only gives you like a 5 or 7 day trial. I wasn't too enthused by it. I use Audacity, but I don't record directly into it. I record into my interface and upload the song to Audacity and use it to export MP3s. You should use Reaper, it's a little more complicated than Audacity, but it does have many more options.

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#20
FWIW, one problem you might anticipate is that the drive speed on your laptop is almost guaranteed to be 5400rpm. This choice is made by manufacturers to keep battery life somewhat sane.

For recording, though, it generally means the ability to play or record only a small number of tracks at a time.

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#21
the problem with recording on audacity is that all editing is destructive. i have never liked mixing on audacity even aside from that. it is fine for recording 1 or 2 tracks, but after that it is kinda a waste.

reaper is a much, much more complete program for recording and i suggest you go for it instead.
#22
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I actually find audacity a problem because it wont save ur project as an mp3 or anything liek that it saves it as ,i forgot exactly but, something like an "audacity file" or something like that, and u cant put that sort of file into any other program.

You have to use the LAME encoder.
#23
Alright, I decided to go with reaper, that one just sounds like a better program.

Thanks for the help!
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#24
Yea you'll be much happier with Reaper in the end. See my youtube page for tutorials on it. It's quite easy once you learn how to use it and it's an outstanding program compared to Audacity.

If you enjoy it, save up some cash and buy the $70 license for it to help the company out some but you can use it past the 30 day trial if needed.

As for amps and such being fed into it...you will want to buy an audio interface at some point to plug in mics or DI your guitar into. That will give you a ton better sound quality and better playback as well. Just don't feed any speaker outputs or anything into your computer or interface, they are not made to take that type of load.