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Comment by Shana Aisenberg on October 22, 2008 at 7:39am
thanks for the invite Marcy!
Comment by Joe Tholen on October 22, 2008 at 7:48am
I have been recording here and there for years. Currewntly I use a sony minidisk recorder with nice little condensor mics (tiny little lavalier size, I forget the manucaturere, but they are great) or an outboard USB soundcard plugged into my laptop (creative extigy) and misc PA-style mics and mixers plugged into the sound card. With the constantly changing technology, a group like this is a great idea! Thanks, Marcy. -Best Regards, Joe Tholen
Comment by Trevor on October 22, 2008 at 7:56am
Boy is this a great idea.
Music is so giant and the art of recording it is just as giant.
I have been a hired gun on a few local recordings, and have been in big studio's and attic ones. To be honest I like the home studio/project studio way better, because it's less intimidating. Oh and way less money.
I have an Mbox1 which runs pro-tools as it's software, and a little pa that I plugged in so I could power my speakers. I also have a Tascam DA-88 and a bunch of tapes for it, but I don't use it or want it.

I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's stories.
Best Wishes Trevor
Comment by Jim Yates on October 22, 2008 at 8:07am
I used to mess around with my four track cassette recorder, but it's been in the closet for a few years now. I've recorded in a number of studios, but left the mechanics to the engineers. In other words I have next to no knowledge of recording technique, but I'm curious.
Comment by Becky Taylor on October 22, 2008 at 8:08am
I, too, appreciate the creation of this list and the invite....cool stuff Marcy.
I use computers (PC) that I have built, and an array of various software such as editors and plug-ins. Currently I am attempting to build my first ribbon mics. I suppose dedicated pre-amps for them will be next (if I succeed with the mics heehee). There are some examples of Broken Records Studio recordings on my band website: myspace.com/beckytayloropenfire.
Peace and good pickin everyone!
Comment by Mark Clark on October 22, 2008 at 8:11am
Marcy, Thanks for starting this group and inviting me to join. I too think it's a topic that needs more discussion. As more and more people turn to home studios and self-produced recordings this group can become a valuable resource.

I've recorded in the studio under entirely different technologies. Back in the mid 1970s it was huge consoles and many-tracked analog tape with an array of CRT displays and crane-sized microphone booms overhead---a million dollars worth of equipment. Early this year it was a much smaller studio using digital equipment and a Sun workstation running DAW software. Studio quality LDC mics were on normal stands on carpet.

At home I use my trusty old Dell Latitude C840 notebook computer. It's USB port is version 1 (slow) but it has a 1394 (Firewire) port so I bought an M-Audio Firewire 410 recording interface. This unit does a great job of analog to digital conversion (don't trust your sound card with A-D conversion) and gives you listening options through headphones. It came with a "light" version of Abelton's Live DAW that seems adequate for most home use.

I also have a Zoom H2 recorder that I use for rehearsals, recording gig's for band critique, catching the odd new tune at a jam, etc. The H2 may be plugged directly into a USB port and used as a computer input device. A couple of interesting things about the H2: it can be used as a direct to disc microphone or it can be an A-D interface for any third party mic. I haven't used mine this way yet but plan to.

I've found the Audacity program to be a great tool and have used it to record tracks that were sent a thousand miles away to be mixed with the work of others to produce a final CD track. Audacity made it easy to get everything synced and even allowed multiple tracks to be created.

One of the subjects that may be useful here is how best to arrange one's living room or den so as to produce the best acoustic environment for recording. I hope other members have some good experience with this.

Looking forward to some great discussion.

- Mark
Comment by Jim Nunally on October 22, 2008 at 8:51am
Hello Marcy, Thanks for the invitation to join this discussion. Recording is always an interesting topic. I actually spend more time on forums related to recording than I do guitar playing, because I own a recording studio. I went to recording college in the late 80's. The industry has changed a lot since then with the advent of modular digital recorders and computer based recording systems. I am always amazed at the depth of what is possible with this technology. Also impressed that folks still crave the old sounds and tones, very interesting.
Comment by Jeff Trippe on October 22, 2008 at 9:07am
Thanks, Marcy. I most recently recorded at Baked Beans Studio in Harrison, Maine. The engineer, Alan Bean, recorded my guitar using two LCD mics, one right under the soundhole, the other positioned about three quarters down along the fretboard. He says this gives best results with flatpicking, though I'm not certain of the acoustic principles behind this. Could it be to better pick up harmonics/sympathetic resonances? Anyway, it seemed to work.
Comment by Jim Turpin on October 22, 2008 at 9:34am
One of my favorite topics....plus it's way close to live performance regarding the difficulties of getting 'it' right!

Thanks Marcy.

Comment by dr.mikey on October 22, 2008 at 11:03am
OK, so far this is a great forum...and it just started this morning. I've tried several ways of recording at home. The best solution I've found so far is the Apogee Duet run into an iMac. I then use Logic Express to do the actual recording and mixing. I've also used Audacity and gone in with a USB condenser mic (Samson C01U). In the current setup, I run a Heil PR30 for my guitar and either a Shure SM58 or a Behringer condenser for voice.

Here's an issue that I've experienced but have no idea of the cause. When I record, play back, mix, etc., the volume is excellent. When I convert the mixed file to MP3, the volume of the MP3 file is dramatically lower than in the original recording. Any ideas? I'll accept operator error as the explanation if you can tell me how to fix it. By the way, I've found that with both Audacity and Logic Express.


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