#1
How to record with a pc! What would i need to buy just to get started.
I have a budjet of $200 thanks....
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#4
would i be able to save the songs that i record?
and would i be able to burn them to a disk?
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#5
Quote by ironman606
would i be able to save the songs that i record?
and would i be able to burn them to a disk?


Yes. $200 is too tight a budget though. You'll be limited to direct guitar input only.
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How will you be buying...do you have credit card or access to one so you can buy online...also do you have an ebay account or does someone you know have one so perhaps you can get what you want for cheaper.

What are you going to record?

Vocals
Electirc Guitar
Acoustic guitar
Drums
keyboard

Here is basically what you need to start...get a cheap yet effective interface.

You can get the fast track usb for cheap on ebay...are you in the U.S...I will post auctions to ebay.com the U.S site.

You should be able to get one under $70 however ask questions and make sure there are no damages to any item you may buy.
http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=fast+track+usb&category0=

$200
- 70
-------
$130

If you have a line out or headphone on your amp you can just use a patch cord/guitar cord and go from line in or headphone into the fast track usb interface...you wonrt need a mic...check back of your amp for line in or out or whatever its called.

If you want to record vocals you need to get a mic and a decent preamp.

Some of the better dynamic mics for the price is the shure sm 57 or 58...the y go for around $80 on ebay
http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=shure+sm+57

even with a dynamic mic I would suggest getting a preamp...even though the fast track interface has a pre you should get a decent preamp to boost vocal signal.

One of the best preamps for the price range is the m audio DMP3...its around $150 on eaby
http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=m+audio+DMP3

You could perhaps go with an even cheaper preamp by buying an art tube preamp.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ART-Tube-MP-Studio-Mic-microphone-phantom-power-Preamp_W0QQitemZ270219515411QQihZ017QQcategoryZ119018QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I think both of these preamps have phantom power which is needed when using Condensor mics (not dynamic mics)...one of the best condensor mics for the price is the Rode NT1A.

The RØDE NT1-A. Winner of the Electronic Musician 2004 Editors Choice Award and the world’s quietest studio condenser microphone. This redesigned version of RØDE’s classic NT-1 has only 5 dBA of self-noise.

Next you need recording software...3 choices are

Audacity...its free
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Reaper...Its almost free...they give you a trial however some people say it doesnt run out...it just has a message that pops up for you to buy...its only $50 to buy.
http://www.cockos.com/reaper/

Mixcraft 4...they have free 7 day trial and you will be able to mix song down to mp3 and share your tunes...after 7 days I think you can still use the program however the mix down to mp3 gets taken away untill you buy...$65 to buy...I own mixcraft 4...i also like reaper however its a bit more complicated for a beginner.
http://www.acoustica.com/mixcraft/

If you have any problems using mixcraft or any other issues just post at the acoustica forum.
http://demon.acoustica.com/bbs/

Hope that helps.
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Last edited by D_Vincent at Mar 15, 2008,
#7
Quote by D_Vincent
How will you be buying...do you have credit card or access to one so you can buy online...also do you have an ebay account or does someone you know have one so perhaps you can get what you want for cheaper.

What are you going to record?

Vocals
Electirc Guitar
Acoustic guitar
Drums
keyboard

Here is basically what you need to start...get a cheap yet effective interface.

You can get the fast track usb for cheap on ebay...are you in the U.S...I will post auctions to ebay.com the U.S site.

You should be able to get one under $70 however ask questions and make sure there are no damages to any item you may buy.
http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=fast+track+usb&category0=

$200
- 70
-------
$130

If you have a line out or headphone on your amp you can just use a patch cord/guitar cord and go from line in or headphone into the fast track usb interface...you wonrt need a mic...check back of your amp for line in or out or whatever its called.

If you want to record vocals you need to get a mic and a decent preamp.

Some of the better dynamic mics for the price is the shure sm 57 or 58...the y go for around $80 on ebay
http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=shure+sm+57

even with a dynamic mic I would suggest getting a preamp...even though the fast track interface has a pre you should get a decent preamp to boost vocal signal.

One of the best preamps for the price range is the m audio DMP3...its around $150 on eaby
http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=m+audio+DMP3

You could perhaps go with an even cheaper preamp by buying an art tube preamp.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ART-Tube-MP-Studio-Mic-microphone-phantom-power-Preamp_W0QQitemZ270219515411QQihZ017QQcategoryZ119018QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I think both of these preamps have phantom power which is needed when using Condensor mics (not dynamic mics)...one of the best condensor mics for the price is the Rode NT1A.

The RØDE NT1-A. Winner of the Electronic Musician 2004 Editors Choice Award and the world’s quietest studio condenser microphone. This redesigned version of RØDE’s classic NT-1 has only 5 dBA of self-noise.

Next you need recording software...3 choices are

Audacity...its free
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Reaper...Its almost free...they give you a trial however some people say it doesnt run out...it just has a message that pops up for you to buy...its only $50 to buy.
http://www.cockos.com/reaper/

Mixcraft 4...they have free 7 day trial and you will be able to mix song down to mp3 and share your tunes...after 7 days I think you can still use the program however the mix down to mp3 gets taken away untill you buy...$65 to buy...I own mixcraft 4...i also like reaper however its a bit more complicated for a beginner.
http://www.acoustica.com/mixcraft/

If you have any problems using mixcraft or any other issues just post at the acoustica forum.
http://demon.acoustica.com/bbs/

Hope that helps.


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#8
That helps alot...
and btw i am only going to be recording guitar and bass for the time being
yes i am in the U.S

edit i wil have to get all my stuff at guitar center i cant use a credit card
Esp M1007
ISP Decimator
5150 III
Basson 412
Last edited by ironman606 at Mar 15, 2008,