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mariemusic
post Aug 3 2009, 01:29 AM
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HI guys, im looking for a software for record my own backing tracks (guitar tracks) in real instrument (me playing the guitar) and with methronome. Im using Macintosh, please let me know.

For free or paying software i want to know all options smile.gif

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post Aug 3 2009, 01:44 AM
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I think you should have a decent audiocard first, or you could try a POD : http://bx.line6.com/podstudioux1/
but that aint free!
Putting guitar straight into your line in and record wouldnt sound very good I suppose.


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post Aug 3 2009, 03:27 AM
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You could try Audacity. It's free and works well. I've never tried the Mac version, but the Windows version is good.
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post Aug 3 2009, 03:51 AM
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QUOTE (TheKeplerConjecture @ Aug 3 2009, 03:27 AM) *
You could try Audacity. It's free and works well. I've never tried the Mac version, but the Windows version is good.


Thanks, i have audacity but i cant record with my interface i dont know what happen....i have a lambda interface.

Can you tell me how configurate interface?? i have to use some device for output sounds?

when i have this message:

the selected device has no output control

do you know how i fix that??
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post Aug 4 2009, 12:57 AM
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This is from an online store:

Includes Cubase LE 48-track recording software for Mac or PC.
Includes Lexicon Pantheon Reverb plug-in.

Did you get Cubase LE bundled with the Lambda? Check out all factory discs and install Cubase. This is I think a bit better then Audacity, and hopefully will get your interface up and running.


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post Aug 13 2009, 09:31 PM
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Actually, you can plug your guitar directly to the sound in jack on your Mac and record with Garage Band.


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QUOTE (mariemusic @ Aug 3 2009, 02:51 AM) *
....i have a lambda interface.

Can you tell me how configurate interface?? i have to use some device for output sounds?

when i have this message:

the selected device has no output control

do you know how i fix that??


If it helps Mari:

You need to set the Lambda as your primary/main audio interface. On a Mac this should be (I think- sorry no Mac here): Hard drive > Applications > Utilities > Audio/MIDI Setup and select ‘Lexicon Lambda In/Out’ for the Default Input, Default Output and System Output settings. The Lambda should now be ready for use with Mac Core Audio compatible software assuming you're on Mac OS 10.2.8 or better. Below this OS the Lambda will not be able to run coreaudio which it wants on a Mac.

Then you need to specify the Lambda as the interface in your software sequencer. I.e. for Cubase: LE Devices > Device Setup > VST Multitrack and choose Lexicon Lambda In/Out (2). Other seqencers this setting usually appears in a User Preferences menu/sub menu.

If all the above are ok then check that the USB driver is properly installed - check the list of drivers on your Mac. If it isn't there or shows an error then download the latest driver from Lexicon and install that.

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Regarding Audacity FWIW I train people on Audacity and work with the software development team- it's a nice piece of open source, free software. It is primarily meant for audio/wave file editing rather than recording/mixing etc. Its recording facilities are limited but may be enough for home use. If it isn't sufficient then you may need to look at Mac versions of Reaper, Cubase, ProTools, DP, Logic.

Logic and ProTools are seen by many as geared towards the more semi-pro/pro end of recording and mixing software for Mac. This isn't to suggest that Reaper/Cubase/DP and so on aren't but their user bases on Macs is arguably not as strong. (You can also include Nuendo but unless you are really doing a lot of high end multi media and/or surround sound work then it is an expensive solution. Also arguably your Lambda, although a good interface, is not sufficient to justify the cost of Nuendo and full surround sound monitoring, K metering, Dolby pro and so on.)

Logic is now part of the Apple stable and so is becoming more 'integrated' in to Apple OS design. Pro Tools (or P/T) is still a big competitor to Logic though not least because many studios have a heavy investment in HD hardware and software platforms. HD is an expensive - and arguably outdated - hardware solution. P/T has however a lot of very good software that only runs on P/T.


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