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Duane C.Feb 05, 2009 7:50 PM GMT
I would like to be able to mic. into my computer and record my practicing and playing along with playbacks. And I don't know the first thing about doing something like this. Is there software & mics out there for doing this?Cost is a factor, I'm currently using a simple voice recorder but its quality is awful.
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Download free Audacity. Fairly good recording program that a lot of fellas use. Cheap PC mic and you'er in business.
I used to use audacity until I got a new computer with Vista--now it won't work, at least the last time I checked. You can also import an MP3 file--like a jam track or even Little Walter playing--then overdub yourself onto it--big fun!
For overdubbing, you will also need a cheapie computer headphone set. The mic I use for this is a Sony that I got at Circuit City for about 15 dollars.
If you have Vista and Audacity doesn't work--try a free trial of Reaper--I like it a lot and it will do pretty much everything--even includes drum tracks and such--I think the price is something around $25 if you like it. I have tried about 4 different softwares for recording and I like Reaper the best because it doesn't get all into rocket science to use it, although there is some learning curve to it.
If you add another 100 bucks or so and get something like an Alesis 8-tack fire-wire mixer at Guitar Center you can plug together a real home recording studio and use your good mikes and everything--even add EFX and do a mix-down to an MP3 file and cut a CD--very fun and a total skill set all its own and will definitely take up a lot of woodshed time to play with it all. But it sure is a fun hobby for a guy like me who only plays harp, guitar, slide guitar, banjo, and is hooked on several discussion boards like this--you can probably guess that I needed another hobby! ;)
At least that is my take on it--I'm sure there are other great was to go. . .
Oh, I forgot--you will also want to get the better computer speakers if you can afford them for home recording--that is, after all, the real fountain of your sound after you work out a recording. . .
buy a set of decent headphones too,try flstudio.com download the trial see if you like it also for mics buy the best you can afford i know if you google DIY harmonica mic or i-mic you can make your own with the instructions cheaply hope this has been a help
Thanks, this will give me a good start!