#1
ok my band is writing material and we really need a recorder that can plug into a computer program so we can mess around with the timings and things ( is there such a thing that exsists) we need it to record 2 guitars a bass vocals and i dunno if drums r possible but it would be good ( our drummer doesnt like the idea of a drum machine ) we dont want anything with amazing cd quality but good quality would be good ok thank in advance
#2
get guitar pro and you can tab out your songs in guitar pro with timings and time signatures etc etc all instruments are included in that you dont have to record anything.
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#3
well, what i do is (if you have a headphone out jack on your amp) is buy a two-way plug (both male ends) and plug one end into my amps headphone out jack, and the other into my Microphone jack (the pink hole)(lol) of my computer, and use my amp as a microphone, I also use a program called 'Audacity' (you can easily mix and create several tracks) to see the greatess of this program, check out the mp3s on my profile, all of them were created by me, and this method of recording
#4
Quote by RapterX
well, what i do is (if you have a headphone out jack on your amp) is buy a two-way plug (both male ends) and plug one end into my amps headphone out jack, and the other into my Microphone jack (the pink hole)(lol) of my computer, and use my amp as a microphone, I also use a program called 'Audacity' (you can easily mix and create several tracks) to see the greatess of this program, check out the mp3s on my profile, all of them were created by me, and this method of recording

100% Exactly the same as me!

We're buying a TonePort, though. They have a pretty good sale on them on Musician's Friend. Then, you could buy a condenser mic (about $100) and run that through the TonePort. If you have a mic set up in the middle of the room with the drums, it will work. It's not the same as a full drum mic set, but it doesn't sound bad. If you want some better drum recording, you could take a cheap 8 track mixer and run a drum mic set to the mixer, then to the TonePort.

Also, I hate to say this RapterX, but, don't use those recordings as an example. You can really make some great stuff that way. That's just his playing, not the program. And plug the cord into the blue hole, not the pink one. It just works better.

Also, VERY IMPORTANT! Bass doesn't work like that, it sounds horrible. Plug the bass straight into the computer with no amp, then amplify it in Audacity. Which is free.
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Last edited by Armagedn at Apr 5, 2008,
#5
buy an audio interface? it changes the analouge sygnals of your amps/ mikes and turns them into digital signals, so that you can use it on a program, that brings all the instruments up differently for you to tweak. for drums, i guess borrow a few mikes and put em around the place, chuck em in through a mixing board and then the interface. problem is, of corse, money. it should all be about 700 dollars? but i guess you could just go to a studio with that money anyway.......... oh well the other peoples idea is probably best
#7
Get the presonus firestudio project interface

http://www.zzounds.com/item--PRSFSPROJECT

it comes with a free faderport ($150 normally)

It has plenty of inputs to record the whole band.


Or get a behringer mixer like this

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-Eurorack-UB2442FXPRO-Mixer?sku=631230V

24 inputs, for $200 ^

and just grab these for the drums

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/CAD-PRO7-7Piece-Drum-Microphone-Pack?sku=270749

^^ $179 for 7 drum mics (youll need to get some cables though to connect it to the mixer or interface)

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Musicians-Gear-XLR-Microphone-Cable-10-Pack-?sku=360433
^^ xlr cables 10 pack for $50

As for recording software, there's a lot of options out there. Audacity is free, but obviously lacks a lot of features that commercial software has. If you want something with a lot of features you could go with something like Sonar, Ableton, Cubase (the firestudio interface I posted above comes with a free version of Cubase LE), ect.
Last edited by OpposingForce at Apr 17, 2008,
#8
This is the simplest mic, it goes straight into your computer, and it's battery powered, so you don't have to mess with a mixer or anything.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/MXL-MXL-V63MBP-Computer-Desktop-Recording-Kit?sku=273102
It can be used to record everything, but if you want it to be better I suggest getting this for guitar bass and vocals, and as of now it's on sale, I need to get one>>
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Line-6-TonePort-UX1-USB-RecordingModeling-Interface?sku=249700

These are just the simplest/cheapest way, if you want to do it right it takes a mixer, at least three drum mics.