#1
well my band has got everything figured out, and we REALLY need a recording station. we have a bit of money each, we need to save up.

so our max is about $250 for the recording studio. we want something that takes at least 4 instruments + a vocal singer.

i dont care what the medium is. i dont care if its super great quality. i just want to record.

so, help? thanks!

(i cant look on musicians friend cos i dont know about this)
#2
you could just use that money to rent out a recording place for as long as you need cos your not really going to get much at all with that sort of money, i mean you can barely afford two mics with that money and your spent up.
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Quote by ArcherTheVMan
you could just use that money to rent out a recording place for as long as you need cos your not really going to get much at all with that sort of money, i mean you can barely afford two mics with that money and your spent up.


i, am 13, we arent serious. why just want to get some music down.

were talking about a small recorder.
#4
Quote by ArcherTheVMan
you could just use that money to rent out a recording place for as long as you need cos your not really going to get much at all with that sort of money, i mean you can barely afford two mics with that money and your spent up.

I agree completely. Youd be much better off paying for a few hours at a recording studio than buying some crappy recording stuff.
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#5
Quote by Arlabester
i, am 13, we arent serious. why just want to get some music down.

were talking about a small recorder.

did i say that?
#6
Quote by Arlabester
did i say that?

I was still typing when you did, so I didnt see it. But I still stand by what i said. If you have $250 to blow, you might as well go with the option that doesnt make you sound like shit.
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#7
I'm with those who say studio as well. Recording drums is HARD and is much easier in the studio, where all the mics are already there. Doing it yourself, you'd blow a lot of your money just trying to get a good drum recording. And I don't know if you've heard a bad drum recording before, but it's harsh.
#8
raWr!

im sorry, but im not going to do a studio!

seriously, im 13. alls im looking for is something to hooking 4 mics up, and playing some music.
#9
Quote by papersun87
I'm with those who say studio as well. Recording drums is HARD and is much easier in the studio, where all the mics are already there. Doing it yourself, you'd blow a lot of your money just trying to get a good drum recording. And I don't know if you've heard a bad drum recording before, but it's harsh.


Yeah, we had to have 2 boom mics and a mic for the bass when we were recording our drummer.
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#11
Quote by maXterbat0r
Get a couple mics and download Audacity, maybe?

Probably the best you could do on that kind of budget
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#12
Quote by maXterbat0r
Get a couple mics and download Audacity, maybe?


but with audicity, can i put in CD?

and my "studio" is in another room, how would we record?
#13
look for 4 used mics and pray for a used USB mixer. there's no way you could get anything good new on that budget.
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#14
Quote by Arlabester
but with audicity, can i put in CD?

and my "studio" is in another room, how would we record?

Yeah, youd just have to get Lame (I think thats what its called) to export your recording to MP3 and just burn it to a CD.

Bring the computer into the room.
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#16
Quote by tubab0y
look for 4 used mics and pray for a used USB mixer. there's no way you could get anything good new on that budget.

What he said. Borrowing is your friend. eBay occasionally has some gems in the way of mixers, and Musician's Friend should have some cheap mics.

And in response to your prior question, files on Audacity can be exported to MP3 or WMA, whichever floats your boat.
#17
+1 on the usb mixer
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#18
sorry, i forgot to add, this isnt with the mics. this is just the recorder.


thank god the whole band is pitching in for this one.
#19
Ok well is there any way to record on the computer? If not then get a hard disk recorder and a Shure SM57. Used, on ebay, same with the Hard disk recorder. That way you will mic on person at a time and then layer the tracks (don't tell me you want drums as it is not possible). Personally I think your time and money are better spend buying guitar gear and practicing (heck - MUCH better spent) than getting as low as it gets recording gear. But hey, that is what you want and I have suggested stuff accordingly.
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#21
^So? You don't think that can be improved??? And anyways the other part was more important .........practice.
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#22
are you saying i suck?

weve got one every week! i pratice around 2 1/2 hours a day! i practice, we need to get some music down.
#25
Quote by Arlabester
why not?

and whats wrong with the power wah...?



Recording without a computer these days is expensive and not nearly as good. You may aswell buy a cheap mixer, some mics and an interface to record onto the computer.

The Power Wah has awful sweep, kind of like:

BASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSmidsTREBBBBBBBBBBBBBLEEEEEEEEEEEEE
#26
Quote by Zakk_Wylde001
Recording without a computer these days is expensive and not nearly as good. You may aswell buy a cheap mixer, some mics and an interface to record onto the computer.

The Power Wah has awful sweep, kind of like:

BASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSmidsTREBBBBBBBBBBBBBLEEEEEEEEEEEEE


sounds like a crybaby to me lmao
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#28
agreed, i played one at guitar center today...i wanted to ****ing cut off my ears right then...sounded like a retard trying to make porno music....YES IT WAS THAT BAD!
#29
Quote by Arlabester
are you saying i suck?

weve got one every week! i pratice around 2 1/2 hours a day! i practice, we need to get some music down.

Yo I have no idea if you suck or not - but I have known people who practiced that long a day and still sucked. Anyways, why do you want so badly to get some music down? If you want to put up a total CRAP demo on myspace, trust me, it will only hurt your reputation. I would much rather see a band that is amazing live not have a demo on their myspace out of respect for themselves (acknowledging that it will sound like crud), than a band that just posts whatever they recorded with their Radioshack mic. For instance, even if you have a Mesa Dual Recto (the early version) with that equipment - your tone will suck. Do you want people to think that your tone sucks when you play live? All it does is give off an air of unprofessionalism (and trust me it won't help you get any extra gigs). Now eventually if you saved up (and read a lot on the subject) you could get some equipment that would work for low level demos (respectable low level demos), but for now that is just not an option. Oh, and if you are so proud of your rig at 13 - why can't you afford to spend more on recording? At 13 I had nothing like that because I was paying for everything out of my own pocket, and my pockets weren't super deep.
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#30
You can find on the street second-hand exc condition 8track recorders for often less than $250:

- Korg D12
- FOSTEX VF80
- Roland VS880EX or VS890
- AKAI DPS12
#31
Quote by Zakk_Wylde001
Recording without a computer these days is expensive and not nearly as good. You may aswell buy a cheap mixer, some mics and an interface to record onto the computer.

The Power Wah has awful sweep, kind of like:

BASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSmidsTREBBBBBBBBBBBBBLEEEEEEEEEEEEE


oh...... i guess ill keep saving then.