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      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2008 edited
    I know there are a lot of musicians on here that have recorded music. How many here record themselves? What do you use to record? I'm interested!
  1.  (2918.2)
    i've been recording myself for about 6 years now, and over time i've gotten enough decent software and hardware to just about make it sound alright.

    Software wise i use Cubase SX. I use EZDrummer's Drumkit from Hell for drums (the one meshuggah made), and Edirol Orchestral for strings and flutes and things.

    Hardware wise i use an Audoiphile Soundcard, a Line 6 POD Pro and some Alesis M1Active Monitors, plus a Sanyo MP303 microphone for any live instruments and vocals i want to add.

    I think the thing that made the biggest difference when i started out was the soundcard. I had a million problems with sync and quality and playback when i first started out and was just using a standard card. The one i got cost me just £60 and i've not had a problem with it in the past 5 years...

    The results of the 6 years of playuing around with settings can be heard (and downloaded for freeee) here. I'm still not 100% happy with the production, but for someone who's self-taught i don't think it's too shoddy.
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    An ancient Oktava condenser mic, a lovely UAD LA610 tube preamp wot I won from a music mag, then fed through a Delta 66 sound card to Sonar 7. Use various other bits of software etc, but that's the main setup.
    • CommentAuthorradian
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2008
    Hardware: A Zoom H4 acting as USB soundcard, borrowed mics.
    Software: Jeskola Buzz, Reaper.
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2008
    Our band uses Logic (+ various VST's) and an M-Audio Delta 66 interface. My stuff goes guitar -> SansAmp Bass Driver DI (a brilliant little box for shaping the tone and boosting the signal) -> PreSonus Firebox -> Guitar Rig -> Ableton Live (+ VST's/AU's, the most important of which is the SooperLooper.

    I second the recommendation for getting a good soundcard/interface. I'm not much of an audiophile, but the difference between a good one and whatever's built into the computer has always been noticeable.
  3.  (2918.6)
    cheers for the link to the sooperlooper, i use a Boss loop station for various things but it's a bitch to try and record off as it hums like a motherfucker and autogating just kills off a bunch of frequencies that i'm quite attached to... will play with it later.
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2008
    I have a weird mish-mash of gear.

    Guitar and bass go into a v-amp which goes into an old 4-track that I use as a sound board. V-Drums and Digital Piano (when I'm not using MIDI) go straight into the 4-track as does the Mic (an AKG c1000s)

    The 4-track goes into an M-audio delta Ap192 sound card.

    Recording is done with Cubase SX.

    I use Reason for creating loops and Live Delta to sequence the loops.

    Everything is put together in Cubase. I export a mixed wav to Soundforge where I clean it up and then I'm done.
  4.  (2918.8)
    An ancient wheezing PC , Reaktor ( multi-purpose modular sound design box of tricks ) and A Zoom H2 digital recorder for use as both a microphone and for stealing the sounds of street performers , violin , scaping metal , the seaside and unsuspecting tradesmen.
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2008 edited
    I do my bedroom demos with a 25 dollar mic I bought from RadioShack 12 years ago and a pirated version of Adobe Audition. Down and dirty and cheap, although some of these recordings ended up being magical.

    I make my records using a ProTools rig- digidesign control|24 surface area, a nice PreSonus pre-amp, a could of AudioTechnica mics, 2 Neumanns, EarthWorks mics for the drums, and blah blah blah. I'm spoiled.
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2008
    Pro Tools & MBox2 Factory for Audio recording, and Logic Pro 7 for programming/MIDI stuff.

    Just get a firewire/usb audio interface and a decent condenser mic (Rode's NT series are good), it'll do you fine mate.
  5.  (2918.11)
    I have... um... this Korg digital 4 track thing... some uh... well, and a mic. For recording.

    I um...


    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2008
    I have cool edit from ages ago. they were bought by Adobe and had a name change.... i haven't upgraded because my needs aren't that great.

    I bought a package through musicians friend that had an MXL compressor mic, a ART Tube MP mic pre, mic stand, pop filter, and headphones for really freakin' cheap. the MXL (990 i think) captures voice and acoustic instruments very well.

    when i got my iBook, i decided to do some work in garage band. it's not too bad. there's less control over the output formats, but it wasn't a big deal to me to only get CD quality 16bit.

    a couple of my friends have digital hard disk recorded by Korg and/or Roland - they are not behaving well... seems' like they run into the same problems that 4 tracks run into - blown tracks, shakey connections, noisey sliders, et al. I would rather spend money on gear and software and rely on a computer that can be upgraded and use for other things too.

    Lately, i've been getting into Fruity Loops. Their lates version works with a Behringer remote fader controller things that my long-distance bandmate has. that is pretty sweet - it brings the tactile sliders back to the cold digital interface. here's a link to a youtube tutorial showing the awesomeness:
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2008

    I haven't seen many advantages of Adobe over Cool Edit.
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2008
    I run ProTools 7.1 with my M-Audio Firewire 1814, and Yamaha NS-10s, but those only come out for mixing. I generally use my shitty desktop speakers for tracking, as most of my guitar tone is done with AmpliTube plugins now. I do my drum programming in Reason's Redrum drum machine (not the best of systems, I assure you), and I've got Kore Player for a sampler, although I haven't actually used it yet. I have a Frontier Technologies Alphatrack for a control surface.

    My school has a ProTools HD setup with a Control 24 that I'm trying to get in to use this semester, as they have a better mic selection as well as an actual tracking room.

    I've used Digital Performer, Sonar, and a few other DAWs, and ProTools is the most intuitive one for me, although it's not necessarily the most powerful. For most people it seems to be finding software that works for you and then basing what hardware you want on that (e.g., ProTools only runs on certain gear). Or you could get an all-in-one disk recorder like the ones made by Korg, Boss, and Tascam. OR you could be one of those silly four-track tape people. OR you could get an Alesis ADAT. (I have a first-generation Blackface. I don't suggest this. The S-VHS tapes it uses to record on are getting harder and harder to find...)

    But I'm a ProTools dude...
      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2008
    2 Neumanns

    Extremely jealous.


    Is Ableton Live as reliable as I hear? Has it ever seized up on you? I'm looking to switch over from using my drum machine to using that for live shows.
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2008
    Garage band
    boss odb-1(i think)
    epiphone thunderbird

    run the bass through the pedal into garage band. i use a mapex kit miked up at a buddies

    i have never had trouble getting the sounds i need. the setup at my mates is much better and will get a gear list off him
  6.  (2918.17)
    Soundforge, Cooledit, Reaktor, Audio Mulch, Fend Jaggie, Cheep japanese fiberglass guitar, 2xDI boxes, Mackie 802 8 track mixer (pawn shop find), various mics, various circuit bent / handmade fx and filters and, stomp boxes.
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2008
    @Screw Jeff Owens

    I've been using Ableton in live performances without a single glitch for about two or three years now, so yes, I warmly recommend the switch. The built-in drum machines in Live 7 are pretty versatile. It's also pretty much the most intuitive software I've come across. I remember one time when I was complaining about it to a bandmate: "Aaargh. I'm just trying to create a timeshift point here in this sample and there is no context menu item that lets me do that! Of course, if this were REALLY an intuitive program, all I'd have to do is double click the spot *clickclick* ... Oh. Well. Whaddya know." That's just pretty muck how Ableton rolls.

    And the native reverb... Oh, man. It. Is. SWEET.
      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2008
    Everyone has so much different stuff! It's really cool to me how there is no set way to record and people just sort of have to learn for themselves, when it all comes down. I live a half hour or so from CRAS, a school where they "teach" people how to record, but I've always felt that it comes down to your ear, your ability to learn and, lastly, the equipment you have (and a bunch of other little things), but that doesn't make gear any less exciting.


    Awesome! Thanks. What kind of computer are you running it on and how do you do the outputs live?


    What is it that I don't understand about DI boxes? I have always just plugged bass and guitar right into whatever I was recording with (and still do that recording into Logic Pro). Does it make it sound better? Is it a safety issue? (I don't know how I got almost all the way to thirty without finding this out.) That would suck if I blew up my computer.
  7.  (2918.20)
    i think, but again, not certain, that DI's are essentially used to reduce unwanted noise, like when connecting different kinds of cables to different sockets that results in humming and gayness.