#1
Ok, so me and a friend of mine or going to be a music duo, with me playing drums, keyboard, bass, and eventually rhythm guitar, and he's doing vocals and lead guitar. The thing is, both of us know absolutely nothing about recording. I was thinking about buying an 8-track recorder...what do you guys think about this idea? And do we need any computer programs to be able to record? Also, which good, cheap, reliable 8-track recorder do you recommend (if that is the best option for recording) ?

Any information is appreciated
#2
if you want to get it done cheap as **** all you have to do is get a 1/4inch to 3.5mm adopter http://www.revealcable.co.uk/acatalog/3_5mm_to_6_3mm_Cables_and_adapters.html
use this to plug your keyboard,bass,guitars, ect into your motherboard or soundcard, i plug them into the mic hole but it could be different depending on your motherboard
download a recording program, i use Audacity coz its free easy-to-use and just a great program to record high fidelity stuff
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
you could probably plug your instrument into an 8 track mixer and record all the instruments at once but yea, u don't need a 8 track recorder/mixer if you only have 2 ppl in your band/duo
#3
Quote by Terrance_1_
if you want to get it done cheap as **** all you have to do is get a 1/4inch to 3.5mm adopter http://www.revealcable.co.uk/acatalog/3_5mm_to_6_3mm_Cables_and_adapters.html
use this to plug your keyboard,bass,guitars, ect into your motherboard or soundcard, i plug them into the mic hole but it could be different depending on your motherboard
download a recording program, i use Audacity coz its free easy-to-use and just a great program to record high fidelity stuff
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
you could probably plug your instrument into an 8 track mixer and record all the instruments at once but yea, u don't need a 8 track recorder/mixer if you only have 2 ppl in your band/duo



Ok, but where can I buy those adapters you posted in the first link? Like, Circuit City or something? Also, how would I be able to record my drums with this?
#4
He's recording drums...your solution Terrance may not be sufficient.

This is assuming two people are recording at once. Your friend may use two tracks, though I'd suggest one at a time so that nothing bleeds. You, on the other hand, will need one to 8 (depending on the set). So, look into at least an 8 track interface.
The Alesis iO26 is very versatile for the price, and should handle guitars and basses easily with their built-in DI boxes. It's 400, and even has two headphone outputs so both of you can monitor yourselves. The good part about Firewire is its ability to separate each track during recording, so you can easily readjust volume levels after a performance.
I'd suggest using Audacity to master your recordings, while trying out Kristal or Reaper (can't testify about the latter) to take care of multi-track mixing. They're both free (the latter will nag).
Last edited by Fast_Fingers at Apr 11, 2008,