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.
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.
Thank you very much BobM for your discussion on how to record your guitar sound! I have been wanting to record my guitar sound for a long time, and I didn't know how to go about it. Now, hopefully I will know how. Thank you so much again.
I have been looking for this information for awhile now. It s good to record something especially when one has practiced a piece so many times that you don't really hear it. Right now I am going to try a mic from Radio Shack which is inexpensive but is supposed to be good.
This is a nice information, i had less time to download the things but what about the mirror.
Generally I use soundeforge to record my guitar n stuff. Can anyone compare this with what you have given. It will be a good information.
Great info, I have been itching to record something for a while now but did not know where to start. As soon as I read this I went out and brought a chat mike for $10 and I was recording shortly after. My only regret is that I did'nt find this site sooner. Nice work!
Unfortunately one of the links (To the recording device is broken, (Or appears to be). I am looking to try to get a better quality of recording device and this link may have given me a clearer idea of where to go for one.