BobM wrote:Hi everyone, here is an introduction to home recording writen by Marie-Claire in the Dutch forum that I translated for all of us that are want to get started in home recording! So here I go:
"Hi, the objective of this sticky is to explain how to record yourself.
I want to record myself, what do I need?
A guitar, a guitar player, a computer with a sound card, software for recording and a mic or some other recording device. Since you are a Delcampean, I'm going to assume that you have the following: a guitar, a guitar player, a computer and a sound card. If you can hear music from your PC, this means that you have a sound card.
I can recommend a program that you can download for free from the net, "audacity", it is located here: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/windows
After the installation of Audacity and running the program for the first time, you will receive a message that you must install "LAME". That add-on program is found here: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/windows
When you start Audacity, you will see something that resembles a tape recorder keyboard, with the forward, stop and the rest of the keys or buttons. In order to record, you should click on the red button. The program starts recording whatever gets in through the sound card.
Now the mic.
The less onerous solution (the one I use) is a little mic that is used for internet chat. I've bought a $10 euro mic. It is necessary to hook it to the sound card, -- the jack marked with a mic usually in pink.
A more onerous solution: A mic like the one we see on TV. That one needs always a mixing console. Then you will need a stand to place the mic. What is most important: hook the console to the <<line-in>>, which is a jack in a different color (usually green on your sound card). This system has two advantages: a better sound quality and the fact that you can connect several mics to the mixing console for the recording of several guitars.
To have an idea of the price: Mic +/- 120 euros, the mixing console +/- 70 euros
Finaly the overkill, (but priced +/- 500 euros):
A system type Edirol R-1.
This is a recorder that can be carried in a pocket or a purse, wireless. This equipment does the recording and then you can transfer it into the PC through a USB port. Its micros have an excellent quality and are included with the machine.
http://computeraudiopro.com/pro458792.h ... C=standard
The files generated by Audacity.
Audacity is similar to a word processor. It is necessary to hold the function <<cut>> in order to get rid of all the undesirable spots. It is enough to select part of the sound and cut it.
More information about improving the quality of your recordings is found in this topic: viewtopic.php?t=897&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=
I hope this translation helps. Good luck and ...happy guitar!
Thanks Bob for the fine translation. And thanks Gorobete for your post on the mp3 quality improvement.
Bob thank you very much..I have been playing guitar for 20 years and its time to do recording and hear myself, I just got a C11 Stienberg usb audio interface and I am starting working on it , anyone has heard about it? any suggesion what else I need for recording ?..thanks