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So I've been playing guitar for around 6/7 years now and I want to start recording some songs. I've been looking online for a lead that can connect my guitar to my PC, but I'm wondering what would be a decent software to use to record with?
#2
audacity is free! Im using it until i save up enough money for Record by propellerhead
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Quote by Afroboy267
Budget? Whats your plan for drums? Do you want to DI guitar and use amp sims or mic up an amp?


I don't have a brilliant budget at the minute until I can get a job, but I was just going to record the music I've wrote and hopefully use it if I get a band together. Also, I was more than likely just going to DI the guitar, as I don't have the equipment to mic up the amp I have.
Last edited by thmsjms91 at Aug 4, 2011,
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Quote by Rudym13
audacity is free! Im using it until i save up enough money for Record by propellerhead


Thanks, I'll check both of those out!
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Quote by thmsjms91
I don't have a brilliant budget at the minute until I can get a job, but I was just going to record the music I've wrote and hopefully use it if I get a band together. Also, I was more than likely just going to DI the guitar, as I don't have the equipment to mic up the amp I have.

Ok, i'll just recommend a good budget setup.

Guitar - M-Audio Fast Track MKII - Computer (via USB) - Reaper (free unlimited trial) - Free amp simulation.

Reaper: http://www.reaper.fm/
Amp simulation: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1131250

As for drums i'd recommend using samples or investing in any decent drum VST program (Addictive Drums, Steven Slate Drums, EZDrummer, Superior Drummer). Heres a good thread: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1268070
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Quote by Afroboy267
Ok, i'll just recommend a good budget setup.

Guitar - M-Audio Fast Track MKII - Computer (via USB) - Reaper (free unlimited trial) - Free amp simulation.

Reaper: http://www.reaper.fm/
Amp simulation: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1131250

As for drums i'd recommend using samples or investing in any decent drum VST program (Addictive Drums, Steven Slate Drums, EZDrummer, Superior Drummer). Heres a good thread: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1268070


Thanks, I'll be sure to give it all a try, I'm going to go into the town centre and find the best guitar to pc lead, then I should be on my way!
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Quote by thmsjms91
Thanks, I'll be sure to give it all a try, I'm going to go into the town centre and find the best guitar to pc lead, then I should be on my way!

Erm, no.

Do that if you want shitty results and to potentially damage your PC's internal soundcard (assuming it's one designed for a human voice) but i'd highly highly recommend getting a USB interface if you actually want it to sound half-decent. The M-Audio Fast Track MKII is a small price to pay for the results.
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Quote by Afroboy267
Erm, no.

Do that if you want shitty results and to potentially damage your PC's internal soundcard (assuming it's one designed for a human voice) but i'd highly highly recommend getting a USB interface if you actually want it to sound half-decent. The M-Audio Fast Track MKII is a small price to pay for the results.


Alright, I'll do that when I have enough money!
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Quote by thmsjms91
Alright, I'll do that when I have enough money!

Ok cool. Maybe have a look at the Line6 Pods too. I heard they're alright for budget money too.
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Quote by Afroboy267
Ok cool. Maybe have a look at the Line6 Pods too. I heard they're alright for budget money too.


I've just had a look at some of them. The Line 6 Back Track looks quite decent, and it's only £48.99. I'm only looking for something to record song ideas on at the minute, but once I have a job, I can look into it more!
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Quote by thmsjms91
I've just had a look at some of them. The Line 6 Back Track looks quite decent, and it's only £48.99. I'm only looking for something to record song ideas on at the minute, but once I have a job, I can look into it more!

Yeah, that might be worth looking at. If you're willing to put up with fairly crappy results you can try going DI to your computer but be warned that it can damage your soundcard as they are designed to pick up the human voice and not pickups.
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Quote by Afroboy267
Yeah, that might be worth looking at. If you're willing to put up with fairly crappy results you can try going DI to your computer but be warned that it can damage your soundcard as they are designed to pick up the human voice and not pickups.


Yeah, I was only going to record a couple of ideas I've had at the minute, not use it a long term solution, then invest in a Line 6 Pod when I have the money.
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Well, home recording has become very cheap and with proper knowledge you can make it studio quality.
First, get Line 6 gx or any other interface to directly connect to pc via USB. You can even get processors with recording interface such as POD HD series or POD 2.0 (im soon goin to get POD HD 300).
Then download POD FARM or Line 6 EDIT to fine tune your tones. After that get softwares like Reaper for recording. As for me, I use Ableton Suite 8, there I can record guitar parts as well as compose drums and other instruments.
That's about it.