#1
Hi guys,

Ive finally decided its time to start recording some music,and wanted to know the best way of doing this.I did try using audacity the other night with but it sounded awful when i played it back.I also had to keep switching from mic to headphone socket on the PC to hear what i had recorded.

Basically,if i buy an interface could i just record using that?Im assuming some come with recording software and im on a budget.I play a Tremonti SE through a Vypyr 30 if that helps...

Thanks guys

Lee
#2
Are you trying to plug your guitar directly into your computer using your MIC input? If so expect it to sound like nasty sweaty balls tea bagging you first thing in the morning. Are you trying to plug in and use a program like Amplitube to model the sound on your computer or are you looking to actually MIC up an amp and go that route?

When I was still using my POD XT Live I would plug it in to my computer via USB and use it as an interface to record in Audacity which always worked great and sounded fine. It also played back fine for me no problem without having to muck around with anything. I ditched the POD a while back so I no longer use this method, but if I were to go back I would just use an Avid Mbox for my interface instead of the POD.

If your looking to MIC up your amp then there is no real cheap way of going about it, I would say get a Shure SM57 and a decent little USB mixer then setting that all up to get the proper sound you want.

Audacity is an awesome free recording program to use no matter what, I have tried Ableton 8 and I found Audacity easier to use and WAY more user friendly, it took forever to get Ableton to record for me and it WOULD NOT play back through my computer without changing the audio settings, pretty stupid.
#3
My suggestion would be to get a Vox JamVox as an interface, and to download Cockos Reaper as your recording software. Cockos Reaper has a free trial that never ends and is the full program. Also, if it sounds bad played back it could just be your computer speakers or headphones - not sure what you use.
#4
how much of a budget are you on?
essentially yes interfaces will usually come with a DAW program. here are a few to look at

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/m-audio-fast-track-mkii-usb-audio-interface

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/lexicon-alpha-usb-desktop-recording-studio
^ is what i use. it comes with cubase le4 which is pretty nice. it also works with reaper audacity and some others. works just fine for 50 bucks or so

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/line-6-pod-studio-ux1-with-pod-farm

also download asio4all as a driver. works great and controls latency issues. oh it would also be wise to invest in a decent mic.
hope that helped.
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#5
You should be able to run a stereo 1/8" cable from the Vypyr headphone out to the computer line in and get a decent recording. Here's an example of that on the Vypyr 15...

Vypyr 15 sample
#6
As well as trying to use a PC/software/interface combination, you should also check out using a purpose built multitracker for your DAW.

They do everything that the software equivalent can do, but aren't reliant on the capabilities of your PC and take you from the initial recording through to a fully mixed & mastered finished product in a single unit.

Tascam, Fostex & Boss are the main manufacturers, and depending on your budget you can get an 8, 16 or 24 track. One of the many advantages of this route is you can purchase used & if you decide you don't want to record any more you can sell it on again with minimal loss.
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#7
That Lexicon is looking good,but i have a question?

Can i still run my vypyr through this and get a half decent recording sound without a mic?Can i record with headphones?

Sorry to be a pain.

Lee
#8
Quote by fly135
You should be able to run a stereo 1/8" cable from the Vypyr headphone out to the computer line in and get a decent recording. Here's an example of that on the Vypyr 15...

Vypyr 15 sample


Hi,

The problem is that i like to record using headphones as i dont want to wake the nippers up!

I was plugging headphones into the Vypyr socket and running the Vypyr Aux socket to the MIC input on my PC.

And it sounded crap....anyone got a diagram of how i should wire this up
#9
IMO the headphone out of on my Vypyr 15 sounds a bit thin. However, you can get a decent recording. I think you should just buy a cable and give it a try.
#10
DO you have a line in socket on your PC? If so then use that. If you must use the mic then you should turn off the 10db mic boost. On Win XP it's in the Volume control dialog in the recording panel. Look for an advanced button on the mic level control.
#11
the best option would be to mic the vyper. if you line out to the lexicon it might not sound that great but then again im not that familiar with the vyper line out function. a cheap/decent mic can be found at bestbuy/frys electronics. you can get 2 decent mics for under 60 bucks and mic your amp in stereo and be done with it.

if you are worried about making the neighbors mad look into getting the interface with a DAW and downloading these plugings:
http://lepouplugins.blogspot.com/
http://sites.google.com/site/nickcrowlab/
http://www.asio4all.com/
http://www.voxengo.com/product/boogex/

that right there should give you a tight recording package for free and no pissy neighbors.
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#12
Budget? It helps to know what you can spend. There is a huge range of prices, even for what most people consider cheap. A Lightsnake is $40.00USD at GC but they have latency issues that most people cannot overcome. I use the PreSonus USB interface and it comes with a crapload of software to do anything you will most likely need in the beginning. It costs $150.00 at GC. So....what's your budget?