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moody07747
Digital Media Creator
Join date: May 2006
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#1
Download the file and play in windows media player for best quality at full size.

Video 1: "Audio Interfaces and recording with a computer"

Video 2: "Low Budget recording"
(Note that this video is quite old. I suggest watching the budget limited videos first)


Video 3: "Multi Track Recorders"

Reaper Tutorials

Adobe Audition 3 Tutorials


UG FAQ 1

Mixers For Recording

Budget Drum Set Micing Techniques

Basic Music Video Production

Recording On A $100 Budget

Recording On A $200 Budget

Recording On A $300 Budget

Recording On A $500 Budget


Have a suggestion for a UG video?
Feel free to PM me your idea!



Coming Soon:

How to choose an interface - I will go over what you need to look for when picking an audio interface.

Guidelines on Choosing Microphones - We hear it all the time...."What microphone should I get to record my guitar?" or whatever they want to record. After watching this video, you'll have a rough understanding on what microphone types work best in each situation.


Feel free to post comments about the videos in this thread but when it comes to questions I would prefer that you start a new thread in the main board.
Thanks to all you guys for watching my videos
Last edited by moody07747 at Oct 16, 2010,
Lakestone
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#2
Very nice, its great that someone's doing this. The "USB Interface World" is still a quite new technology and not many uses it and write about, so its quite hard to find all the info you're seeking. I just got my TonePort GX, and I love it. The only thing I'm having some problems with is the recording, but my sound card has messed with me since the first day so I wont blaim the TonePort. Now all I want is a cool filter program, do they exist?
moody07747
Digital Media Creator
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#3
you mean like VST plugins?
for the GX I heard you must buy a $200 software pack in order to use VSTs with it...

Gearbox has some vocal patches which sound interesting. I like the "Studio vocals" patch and the amount of guitar patches is enough for me plus you can go and find your artist or band and get patches for guitar though gearbox.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Studio_Technology
audiorapist
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#6
really enjoyed this moody, incredibly informative even though i've been recording for quite a while now. would love to see this featured on UG!

edit: loved my audio fasttrack! was great when i first started, would really recommend it!
Last edited by audiorapist at Jan 2, 2008,
Lakestone
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#7
Quote by moody07747
you mean like VST plugins?
for the GX I heard you must buy a $200 software pack in order to use VSTs with it...

Gearbox has some vocal patches which sound interesting. I like the "Studio vocals" patch and the amount of guitar patches is enough for me plus you can go and find your artist or band and get patches for guitar though gearbox.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Studio_Technology


Yeah like envelope filter etc. But is the TonePort bound to GearBox only or are there other programs that works?
Bill43
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#8
Hmmm... looks almost like you were in a bathroom lol... even though I know you weren't.

Very interesting and informative... although the critic in me can't leave well enough alone without saying what I would try.

Lose the headphones in the video. I think it takes away from the "look and feel", and I would look into an overhead boom mic so there's not a mic sitting there in front of your face.

Find a blank wall... preferably a solid color. If you do that you could place the UG banner behind you (or whatever else you wanted) to give it a better background... or just stick with a single wall... no corners. I did like the idea of you sitting by a huge mixing console. That would look cool, but might intimidate some of the less experienced viewers.

Other than that... run through the script a few more times so you don't have to keep saying your sorry about little gaffs here and there.

Wanna sticky?

Want any of the odd "you're great" posts deleted?

thrice_removed
Resident Audio Engineer
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#10
Ok, great stuff Dave. I meant to post a review of your script earlier, but I got severely backlogged by the amount of bands I had coming through the studio on their Christmas break and forgot. I'm really glad you are doing this though.

Ok, well are my comments after watching the video.
I agree with Bill - standing in a corner and wearing headphones makes audio engineers look like we do this for a living - audio engineers are the coolest people on the planet, should just exemplify that in your videos.

Do you have a condenser mic? That would definitely be optimal over having to hold up the SM57 the entire time. Also - get some shots with your gear, for all we know you could be recording in Santa's basement - we want to see Dave show us how to use his gear so the common man can get a feel for it.

Do you have the ability to do screenshots of the computer? Or is that for later videos? An on-screen walkthroughs of how to setup the interface, set proper drivers, prepare tracks for recording, get recording software to recognize interface, etc would be incredibly helpful to a newcomer - almost more so than just explaining the definitions of audio terms. Combine that with showing them how to setup the hardware/necessary cables, and you should all the basics a newbie really needs to know.

Also just a little note on specifics. While Firewire and USB 2.0 do have the same transfer rates, Firewire has a much higher bandwidth allowing it to pass around much more data than USB 2.0 in the same time frame. You won't really notice it until you get a bunch of tracks down, but there is a noticeable difference.

Good work man - looking forward to the next one.
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moody07747
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#11
^ great advice Thrice.
I may remake the video one of these days but for now I figure its up to help some members.
Another thing that comes to mind is I really don't tel how to setup to record...I feel I'm doing more of a review of the two interfaces while talking about some basic terms.

Now that I think of it, I think I could really improve the whole video some more.
I am getting either a small mic to clip to my shirt or an overhead for the later videos..I am looking which is best for around $200 now.

I will try to get some shots of the studio for the remake but I think I may want to get $7000 together first and upgrade all the gear

Once again, thanks for the comments.
Bill43
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#12
Quote by moody07747
^ great advice Thrice.
I may remake the video one of these days but for now I figure its up to help some members.
Another thing that comes to mind is I really don't tel how to setup to record...I feel I'm doing more of a review of the two interfaces while talking about some basic terms.

Now that I think of it, I think I could really improve the whole video some more.
I am getting either a small mic to clip to my shirt or an overhead for the later videos..I am looking which is best for around $200 now.

I will try to get some shots of the studio for the remake but I think I may want to get $7000 together first and upgrade all the gear

Once again, thanks for the comments.


Try about $15k... then you'll start breaking out of the mold and into a semi-pro role. lol
moody07747
Digital Media Creator
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#13
I'm planning a huge overhaul on my studio gear soon, I just need a good job first where I'm not being paid $8 an hour...
Alesis HD24 recorder, Yamaha Yamaha 01V96V2 digital mixer...new mics, optical cables, monitors. I've got a nice sized total added up.

I just ordered the MXL 990/991 pack from MF, the 991 should work very well as an overhead. I've heard the 990 isn't too great and I can see that from the price it's at but the new mics will be nice since I don't have any condensers at this point.
thrice_removed
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#14
I use a Yamaha O1V96V2 in my live rig, so if you have any questions let me know.
PM Me for any help you need with recording systems/tips
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orgasmickey
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#15
haha that was pretty good. Although I think if you had some physical hands on with the gear it might come across a bit better. Sorta like hangin out in the studio rather than reading a news report. That theme song is hilarious.
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moody07747
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#16
yea I tried going to stores and filming some B roll but they really didn't want me unboxing gear just for a video...

I don't have the money for any gear at this time but I manged to order a 990/991 pack for an overhead setup on the mic.
orgasmickey
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#17
that'll be a nice touch eh? It's pretty great that you're putting so much effort in for UGers!
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Bill43
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#18
Quote by moody07747
yea I tried going to stores and filming some B roll but they really didn't want me unboxing gear just for a video...

I don't have the money for any gear at this time but I manged to order a 990/991 pack for an overhead setup on the mic.


Ask if they have any trade ins that you can fiddle around with.
moody07747
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#21
Thanks

I'm glad everyone likes the videos.
I know I'll be redoing the first video after I finish the third one on MTRs. These are also good for my career as I can put sections of them in my reel (basically a resume for the TV Pro. field).
Bill43
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#22
Dayum Moody

The 2nd video was 100% better than the first... production wise of course.

As far as informative and helpful, both were on the mark.

I only caught a couple of little flubs in the 2nd video and they were rather minor... like the quick edit/splice you did.

Regardless, you're getting pretty good at this. I think if you do 1 or 2 more that you'll have a more pro feel to your vid's.

All being said and done... very nice job. I like the way your fades were quick but not so quick to make it seem as though it was a direct splice and not so slow that you're just sitting there waiting for the next scene to appear.

Your lead on the outro was a nice touch too... I loved the way you handled the sound end of it and brought your voice-over above the song while lowering the song and causing it to go to the background. Very professional feel to it there.
moody07747
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#23
Thanks Bill. Yea there were some parts where I messed up the script and so I just did a second take and chopped out the bad parts then faded between the two.

I do feel like I am learning so much after I do each of these videos and I get so many good ideas each time too. I can also catch each mistake I make like in the shot comp. and make a note to correct this in later videos. As you stated, I also feel after one or two more videos I will have a much more pro. look and feel to the rest of the videos.

I should get someone to work on a new opening with new audio using Adobe After effects and such.

BTW, did you ever get my email to look over those biz. cards I sent you?
Jared R. Boyd
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#24
Thanks for doing these videos
They were quite helpful information wise
Second video was SO much better film wise

Just a few suggestions:
instead of doing it all in one big long sequence; break it up
This way you won't have to read the whole thing, you can take it one paragraph at a time, allow you to look directly at the screen. You can make the breaks in the film not so obvious by changing filming angles or by adding in a screen of a product or such (which you already do but you could use it to break it up if necessary.)

Dude! overall a great help. It's really awsome of you to go through all of this for us UGers
Greatly Appreciated
moody07747
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#25
Update.
For video #3 I'm changing things around more as I did with the 2nd one.
plus I was just told yesterday that since I'm taking the TV class at the college that I would be allowed to rent out the video and lighting gear any times I wanted...for FREE

so yea I'm going to be filming with a $4,000 video camera next time and as suggested above, I'll do some different angles and such.
I am limited with a small studio so its hard to get a ton of different angles but I feel I have to stop posting myself in front of that while wall for such a long period of time.

I will also be using the video gear from school to re-film the first video.
BrianApocalypse
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#26
UG Video 3 – MTRs
by Moody07747 (Dave)

Have you been looking into starting a studio of your own but don’t really want to go through all the trouble of getting a desktop or laptop computer to use?

Well there are other products made today which will allow you to record on location without any computer. These products have their advantages and disadvantages and I will walk you through most of them but first let’s look at a little history on MTRs.

Early on in the recording industry, there were no multi track recorders so songs had to be played in real time without any overdubs. This worked for a while but as you could imagine, it had its problems and so a few people decided to come out with a few product ideas to help studios get better recordings.

A few years later, the first early 4 track recorders came out and a few artists like Elvis and the Beatles were the first to take advantage of this new technology.

These 4 track multi track recorders made it possible to record different tracks at different times, and allowed exacting control of the studio's rooms to create isolated clear sounding tracks and mix them into a stunning audio image.

Around 1970, Tascam came out with the Portastudio, the first consumer cassette 4 track recorder. Around the mid 80s, MTRs really took off and home units were up to 8 tracks and reel to reels got up to 16 tracks.

Today's MTRs come with features that blow away models even a few years old.* Feature sets vary widely requiring that you choose carefully and so I am going to walk you though some of the things you should be looking for when buying your MTR.


Advantages of the MTR:

1) Everything is integrated.*
- There are fewer cables and no wiring or impedance issues going between different parts as all the critical gear is built in.*

2)* You get real faders and knobs and don't have to use a mouse to mix your song.*


3) They are more portable than a computer system and require little time to set up. That means more Uptime.* It also means it will be easier for beginners and will save time for professionals.*

4) Finally, you don't need to buy, maintain, and upgrade a powerful computer, deal with driver issues, be concerned with viruses and so on.

Disadvantages of the MTR:

1) You can't use computer plugins as effects (except on the most expensive MTRs that offer optional cards), or use any of the large number of products that require computers, like soft synths, audio editors, etc., unless you incorporate a computer in your rig.

2) On MTRs without a VGA output, (the connection used on most computer screens) you will be restricted to the small display on the unit (note that the higher end systems do have the ability to connect computer monitors and mice to the system)

3)* Not all multi track recorders have CD burners so in those cases you will need another device to record the final output to, like a standalone CD burner or, yep, a computer.

How many tracks do I need?

There are a lot of different MTRs out there now and they range from 4 tracks up to 24 tracks and some record to different storage devices. An example of a removable media card recorder is the Boss BR600. Some recorders may use a hard drive which can hold more and run with more tracks. An example of a hard drive based recorder is the Frostex MR16HD

Be sure to count up the number of mics and stereo outputs you have on your gear and then decide what and how many instruments you will be recording at one time. If you are going to be recording an acoustic drum set with 8 mics, two electric guitar, a stereo synth, a bass, and two singers…you will need a 16 track MTR (since they don’t make 15 track MTRs&hellip
Planning on using a small amount of tracks most of the time but think you’ll be recording a large band sometime in the future?
Do yourself a favor and buy a large recorder that will handle the most you will ever record from the start. This will save you time and money when you have to sell your own small MTR to buy a new one.

Also be sure to look at the amount of inputs your MTR has on board. You could buy a 4 track recorder but most of the time they will only have two inputs.

USB and MTRs

The inclusion of a USB port on MTRs is a great development, and it’s now a must have feature if you want to transfer recordings to your computer.* This is NOT a real time audio transfer, but a simple file transfer.* Typically, you plug in the cable and your MTR's storage area shows up as a hard drive on your computer's desktop.* Then you drag and drop files to your computer's storage and import them into your editing program. This saves you from buying an interface of any type but you will still need to buy editing software and have a fair computer to run on.

Analog MTRs

Analog MTRs are still out there and some believe they sound better than the modern digital recorders but do remember if you go with an analog recorder and plan on running it to the computer in the end; you will need to buy an interface to run the audio though and even though it will be on the computer, moving the audio from the recorder to the computer will mix it down to a single stereo track most of the time.

this is a review of the script for eveyone to review before I (dave) film it
Last edited by BrianApocalypse at Mar 2, 2008,
MrPillow
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#27
Very nicely done as usual. I didn't take a look at the video, but the text seems helpful enough on its own =D
enjoi_07
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#30
Did you take this from tweakheadz? It looks oddly familiar.
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sam i am
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#31
Quote by enjoi_07
Did you take this from tweakheadz? It looks oddly familiar.


Lol I think moody is pretty fond of that site so i'd say it probably "influenced" him .
BEAST89
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#32
What happened to the first video? I like the second one and hope there are still more coming out in the future. Any other videos like this floating round the net?
Shinozoku
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#38
Hey, it's not mine, nor is it from anyone on UG, but I found this vid and thought it would make a good addition to this forum
http://www.imperialmastering.com/guitartonevid/
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
Probably picked "for teh lulz"

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