#1
Hey, so i need a way to record an original song i'm writing. it's going to be shown to my english class, so basically, i need a good balance of budget and quality.

i've been looking at digital recorders, tascam etc., is that even what i should be looking at?

can anyone recommend me anything?
#2
a cheap interface like a lexicon alpha, a mic cable, and depending on what you'll be recording a dynamic mic and/or a condensor mic. What kind of instrumentation does the song have.
#4
ok. i'd just get an interface, mic cable and a cheap condensor like an mxl 990. For the electric guitar stuff you can do line in on the interface and use an amp sim like Lepou/Poulin and KeFIR for cab sims. It's pretty easy to figure out when you get all the components together, just use the amp/cab simulators as inserts and you can mess with the sound as you play to get tones. You can get a free recording program too, I think reaper is free and lots of people like it,.
Last edited by rokket2005 at Dec 14, 2011,
#5
Depends what you mean by a 'budget' recorder.

If you can afford it, getting a multitracker is a much easier way to get started, and if you're only planning on recording for your own purposes a relatively decent one will have more than enough capability for you. Zoom, Tascam and Fostex are the main brands to watch out for.

If you're wanting to get seriously into recording, an interface/PC/software combination is the best way. It can be cheaper to get started this way as there are free software packages out there so the only think you actually buy is the interface, but there is a much steeper learning curve and it will take far more time away from your guitar playing.

Software has the advantage that if you aren't happy with the sound you're getting, you can download plugins which provide a variety of effects, whereas if you use a multitracker as your DAW you only have the ones that are included however they are more than enough for most home recording projects. I've been using a multitracker for years, each time I've upgraded my kit I've considered switching to software and decided it wasn't worth the hassle.
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#6
i'm looking at the tascam dp-004. would that be any good?

i just want an easy, decent quality way to get a song recorded.
#7
m-audio fast track usb

2 inputs and you don't need a DI for the guitar.
I just picked one up for $30
Works great
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#10
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i'm looking at the tascam dp-004. would that be any good?

i just want an easy, decent quality way to get a song recorded.

Yes. I haven't used that particular model, but I've had a couple of Tascam multitrackers over the years (including my current one) and they've always been reliable, easy to use and provided a good quality recording.

If you can afford it though, I'd recommend getting at least an 8 track (there is an 8 track version of the one you're looking at) as 4 tracks isn't very many and you'll find it very easy to run out of space.
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