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i need help with guitar recording in domestic environment
« on: March 12, 2012, 08:51:03 AM »
i noticed there are quite a few players on the forum, so i would like to ask for some advice reguarding guitar recording on a computer at home. what kind of programs to use, the best (simpliest) way to do it with average equipment, setting up the computer and stuff like that. i play for quite some time now, but i don't know a lot about recording  :sad: looknig forward to your helpful comments!  :biggrin:

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Re: i need help with guitar recording in domestic environment
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2012, 09:08:10 AM »
If you have a mac, GarageBand should do the trick.

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Re: i need help with guitar recording in domestic environment
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2012, 10:02:36 AM »
i don't, forgot to mention it in the first post. any knowledge on pc suitable programs?

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Re: i need help with guitar recording in domestic environment
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2012, 10:17:46 AM »
Not really, sorry. I guess you could use Audacity but I'm sure there are better alternatives.

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Re: i need help with guitar recording in domestic environment
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2012, 11:36:49 AM »
I don't really know much about low-end software for recording.   I use Cakewalk Sonar Producer Edition - it's pretty much the standard for Windows based recording.

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Re: i need help with guitar recording in domestic environment
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2012, 12:52:12 PM »
I've wanted to get into this more, but an more interested in the "connecting it to my computer" part.  I'd considered something along the lines of the Line 6 UX-1.  USB connect, plus direct into the box.  it has an FX/recording suite that apparently allows you a great deal of freedom in guitar sounds.

http://line6.com/podstudioux1/

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Re: i need help with guitar recording in domestic environment
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2012, 01:37:08 PM »
I've wanted to get into this more, but an more interested in the "connecting it to my computer" part.  I'd considered something along the lines of the Line 6 UX-1.  USB connect, plus direct into the box.  it has an FX/recording suite that apparently allows you a great deal of freedom in guitar sounds.

http://line6.com/podstudioux1/

thank you very much! i did struggle with conecting the guitar to the pc also. i've made a couple of recordings in audacity, connected my multieffect pedal (boss me50) directly to mic port- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpyBwciTOUI this is one of those. but there has always been a tiny lag and it annoyed me very much. plus, when i tried to record some leads (distortion) i almost cried- the sound was beyond awful and nothing i did seemed to help.

long story short, this is the kind of stuff i've been looking for and i'll definitely look into it. thanks once again!  :tup

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Re: i need help with guitar recording in domestic environment
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2012, 02:15:27 PM »
If you want latency free recording, you are going to want to get a firewire based A/D converter.  This interface allows you to plug a 1/4 inch guitar jack into it and it is converted to a digital signal that gets sent through firewire to the computer.

If you want to use USB, I used to have a lexicon Lamda.  It did the trick, wasn't as good at being low latency as my firewire device though.  Right now I'm using an M-audio profire 2626.  It's a great piece of equipment.

 
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Re: i need help with guitar recording in domestic environment
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2012, 09:06:49 AM »
I have zero latency problems with the M-Audio Delta 1010 Interface, but that's plugged directly into a PCI port on the Motherboard of the computer and it's pretty expensive.  And you'd need more equipment to use that.

Unless you're using Firewire 800, it's a very common misconception that Firewire is faster than USB 2.0, but it's not.  Firewire has a maximum sustained throughput of 400mbps and USB 2.0 is 480mbps.  Of course, all of those speeds are quoted as "theoretical" by the various manufacturers.   

M-Audio is a good solid manufacturer to go with if you're looking for a recording interface for the guitar or any other instruments.   I know at least two people who have purchased the M-Audio Fast Track and have been very happy with the results.  And it comes with multi-track recording software too.  Not bad for $119.00


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Re: i need help with guitar recording in domestic environment
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2012, 09:48:30 AM »
Nice.  I'd been leaning towards the UX-1, but I always prefer when I can get positive testimonials from people I know as opposed to reviewers on Musician's Friend.  I have gift card $$ to spend at Guitar Center, so I will most likely go for the Fast Track MkII (as opposed to the ToneBone "HeadBone TS" I'd been considering).

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Re: i need help with guitar recording in domestic environment
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2012, 12:00:22 PM »
I actually sent one of those Fast Track devices (along with a large diaphragm condenser MIC) to my vocalist so he could record demos for me and it worked really great.  And the software is actually pretty sophisticated for the money. 

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Re: i need help with guitar recording in domestic environment
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2012, 04:14:14 PM »
I've wanted to get into this more, but an more interested in the "connecting it to my computer" part.  I'd considered something along the lines of the Line 6 UX-1.  USB connect, plus direct into the box.  it has an FX/recording suite that apparently allows you a great deal of freedom in guitar sounds.

http://line6.com/podstudioux1/

I have had the UX1+Gearbox for years now and I absolutely recommend it. A monkey could set it up, the sounds are great, and playing it through your PC speakers/headphone jack obviously makes late night recording no problem.

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Re: i need help with guitar recording in domestic environment
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2012, 08:17:37 AM »
thanks for all the advice guys, it has been very helpful!  ;D

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Re: i need help with guitar recording in domestic environment
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2012, 06:07:45 PM »
I don't really know much about low-end software for recording.   I use Cakewalk Sonar Producer Edition - it's pretty much the standard for Windows based recording.

I agree!  I've been using Cakewalk software for 7 years now and I've had VERY few problems.  Very reliable... at least on my own PC.