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Post Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:22 pm

what is the best but inexpensive reording software/device out there. but at the same time good quality. (band recording)
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Post Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:47 pm

Unless you're wanting to spend a little bit of dough, probably an eight track digital recorder.
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Post Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:49 pm

or maybe its just best to find a near by recording studio so i dont spend a crapload on mics stands and devices
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Post Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:05 pm

tapeworm97 wrote:or maybe its just best to find a near by recording studio so i dont spend a capload on mics stands and devices


ya mics burn a whole in a pocket happend to me
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Post Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:10 pm

tapeworm97 wrote:or maybe its just best to find a near by recording studio so i dont spend a capload on mics stands and devices


Yep, four mics, four Tama stands, and four cables brought me close to $1k. But, you can buy decent mic packages for around $200, mic stands for around $15 and cables you'd probably want to spend a little more on than the cheapest available.

Are you guys looking to have something readily available or are you looking to track a demo?
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Post Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:35 pm

SONAR is excellent...that's what I use.
Cubase is good
The Presonus FP10 is around $3-400 it gives you 10 input channels
you can record 8 tracks at a time.

As far as mics, The Audix fusion mics are cheap and work great.
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Post Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:02 pm

yea garret we wanna make a demo, not yet but we already need to plan out everything b4 spring starts, because spring-summer is the best time to play shows and shit.
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Post Sat Feb 09, 2008 7:40 am

tapeworm97 wrote:yea garret we wanna make a demo, not yet but we already need to plan out everything b4 spring starts, because spring-summer is the best time to play shows and shit.


In that case, I'd recommend a studio unless one of you is a really good engineer. The engineer is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle.
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Post Sat Feb 09, 2008 9:27 am

SGarrett wrote:In that case, I'd recommend a studio unless one of you is a really good engineer. The engineer is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle.


Amen to that. You can buy the most awesome gear on the planet, but unless you really know how to use it, you are wasting your time. Kinda like drums.....
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Post Sat Feb 09, 2008 9:32 am

Go to the studio. I've been using all types of recorders and recording software for years. Its worth spending a few bucks to get a high quality recording. Some studios have package deals with a certain amount of hours, certain amount of CDs, cover art and jackets all for one price. When my old band went in to record a five song demo, we walked out with nine songs. All great quality. It was money well spent.
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Post Sat Feb 09, 2008 9:49 am

The question is about cheap and easy for personnal usage, Adobe audition is cheap easy to use and learn, but it is not as stable as pro tools or nuendo though. But cheaper or easy to get a free one ;).

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Post Sat Feb 09, 2008 9:52 am

Pretty obvious, but if you go into the studio, make sure you listen to some of their work, and ask if you can have a copy to listen to elsewhere (in your car, etc). An old band of mine found out the hard way that even big expensive studios don't always produce great recordings. We basically spent a fair amount of dough on a muffled mess! And if you don't like the way it's sounding during tracking, don't let them tell you it will be worked out in the mix, theres no substitution for input signal, you need to get the best possible sound coming in!
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Post Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:06 am

SGarrett wrote:
tapeworm97 wrote:yea garret we wanna make a demo, not yet but we already need to plan out everything b4 spring starts, because spring-summer is the best time to play shows and shit.


In that case, I'd recommend a studio unless one of you is a really good engineer. The engineer is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle.


Ditto what Garrett said!!!
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Post Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:13 am

SingleStroke7 wrote:Pretty obvious, but if you go into the studio, make sure you listen to some of their work, and ask if you can have a copy to listen to elsewhere (in your car, etc). An old band of mine found out the hard way that even big expensive studios don't always produce great recordings. We basically spent a fair amount of dough on a muffled mess! And if you don't like the way it's sounding during tracking, don't let them tell you it will be worked out in the mix, theres no substitution for input signal, you need to get the best possible sound coming in!


Double ditto on this advice. Our band went into a studio in the Bay Area a few years ago and everything sounded great while we were taping, but in the final mix, my hi-hat sounded like I was beating a wet sack of quarters. Not quite what you want when shelling out serious bucks. We were able to remedy the situation but it cost the studio a lot of time they wouldn't have had to spend if they'd done it right the first time.
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Post Sat Feb 09, 2008 7:04 pm

The engineer is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle.

Amen to that. You can buy the most awesome gear on the planet, but unless you really know how to use it, you are wasting your time. Kinda like drums.....

This is so true...I guess it's like anything..."it's the carpenter not the tools"

I haven't heard anything that people pay for in local studios sound that good...unless you go to the big boys.
With your own gear, you have the freedom to record as much and as often as you like for free.

I did those recordings in my bedroom.
i used SONAR Producer edition software.
Presonus Firepods(which are now called FP10s)
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