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Nathan333
post Jan 5 2008, 12:57 PM
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Hi GMC, I have been thinking about starting recording for a while now but I'm clueless as to where to get started. I don't know what type of device I should go for. My computer isn't all that great so it might be a bad idea to get one that relies on the computer too much, I also have the problem of not being able to get anything over around 500 euros (about 350 pounds?). I will greatly appreciate any help given. BTW I'm also open to buying second hyand gear from anyone on GMC.
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post Jan 5 2008, 03:14 PM
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Well, for starters tell us about you computer, sound card, speakers and current music gear you have so we can see what suits best for you smile.gif


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post Jan 5 2008, 03:34 PM
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Just on the software side - take a look at Andrew's stickie that lists many of the free ans shareware pieces of software out there. Ranges from soft synths through to sequencers and so on - many of which are as good as the commercial ones available.

Hardware, as Ivan says it would help if you can tell us a bit more. The hardware details as Ivan says and also what you want to record and how ie guitar only, vocals, full band; direct, via mics or do you want to make all the music 'in the box' via the pc and not record any external source at all?

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Ok then, I have: an epiphone les paul, a 30 watt tronics amp, my speakers are O.K. though pretty cheap and aren't great quality, and my sound card is a Realtek AC97 (I don't know whether that's the actual sound card). If you need to know anything else just say it. BTW I am planning on recording up to 2 guitar lines, bass and maybe vocals aswell. I'm thinking of using pre-made drum beats though I wouldn't mind the capability of recording drums aswell. I'm currently not in a band so I won't need to record all the tracks simultaneously. Thanks for your help.
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post Jan 5 2008, 05:03 PM
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Okay, what you need is an audio interface device. For your needs I would suggest Toneport UX1. You can find my review of the device here. I suggest you read the review because it can tell you a lot of info. Because you don't play in a band and no need to record all the stuff simultaneously this is an ideal device. You can still record Mic and instrument multitracked with this one if you need to, and it really comes in handy sometimes too.
So the device is not too expencive, it acts like a sound card too and you will get Gearbox free with it - the guitar modelling software and the device IS upgradeable, so you can download form the net lot of different amps, effect
models etc...

The other thing that concerns me more is your speakers. Speakers really needs to be good if you wanna work anything. Good speakers are the basis of a system, because they actually play everything from the system. Bad speakers - don't matter how good the system is it will still sound like crap. You get the picture. I suggest that you consider buying better speakers, not necceserily too strong, but quality made with a good sound. I would suggest some entry level studio monitors, because computer speakers are bad for recording purposes. Now monitors can be a little expensive, say 300e for a pair of actives in an entry level price range. You would ask why that expensive, i can buy great computer speakers for 300e. Well, the thing is you can't do that. For 300e there are number of computer speaker sets, but most often those are large 5.1 home theater sets. They just don't manufacture small sized, quality made sets for computers in ANY price range. So consider buyinag a good set of speakers - it means a LOT believe me, lot more than you would imagine.

So to sum up, 120e for the TonePort, and some 250e for some cheap studio monitors and you my friend are ready to swim for the first time in the waters of the recording world smile.gif

PS if you don't have enough for the monitor speakers, than quality made monitor headphones (I suggest AKG K141 Studio) are desired.

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post Jan 5 2008, 09:44 PM
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QUOTE (Milenkovic Ivan @ Jan 5 2008, 05:03 PM) *
Okay, what you need is an audio interface device. For your needs I would suggest Toneport UX1. You can find my review of the device here. I suggest you read the review because it can tell you a lot of info. Because you don't play in a band and no need to record all the stuff simultaneously this is an ideal device. You can still record Mic and instrument multitracked with this one if you need to, and it really comes in handy sometimes too.
So the device is not too expencive, it acts like a sound card too and you will get Gearbox free with it - the guitar modelling software and the device IS upgradeable, so you can download form the net lot of different amps, effect
models etc...

The other thing that concerns me more is your speakers. Speakers really needs to be good if you wanna work anything. Good speakers are the basis of a system, because they actually play everything from the system. Bad speakers - don't matter how good the system is it will still sound like crap. You get the picture. I suggest that you consider buying better speakers, not necceserily too strong, but quality made with a good sound. I would suggest some entry level studio monitors, because computer speakers are bad for recording purposes. Now monitors can be a little expensive, say 300e for a pair of actives in an entry level price range. You would ask why that expensive, i can buy great computer speakers for 300e. Well, the thing is you can't do that. For 300e there are number of computer speaker sets, but most often those are large 5.1 home theater sets. They just don't manufacture small sized, quality made sets for computers in ANY price range. So consider buyinag a good set of speakers - it means a LOT believe me, lot more than you would imagine.

So to sum up, 120e for the TonePort, and some 250e for some cheap studio monitors and you my friend are ready to swim for the first time in the waters of the recording world smile.gif

PS if you don't have enough for the monitor speakers, than quality made monitor headphones (I suggest AKG K141 Studio) are desired.


Thanks a bunch mate! I'll look into getting these right away!
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post Jan 5 2008, 09:51 PM
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The way i do it is pretty afordable. I purchased an instrument to USB cable to record, and use audacity to mix. The cable only costs around 40 USD.


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