The home recording thread
Posted 01 May 2006 - 11:20 AM
Last night, I tried recording my Midines on the computer using the equipment I have. The set up was keytar -> Midines -> NES (RCA output) -> converted to 1/4" -> converted to 1/8" -> computer sound in -> Garage Band.
I had to turn the input volume of the computer all the way up to get a good volume. Would that Yamaha mixer somehow amplify the signal? A USB/Firewire interface definitely would, give a louder signal than going straight into the sound in, right?
Posted 01 May 2006 - 11:33 AM
plus as long as your not getting too much noise in with the signal, you can probably further increase the level in garageband.
Posted 01 May 2006 - 04:27 PM
I've done some more mic research. Online I find nothing but great opinions for the Rode NT1-A. I had a pretty long talk with my recording expert friend at school about mics. We came to the conclusion that the Samson co1/co2 set would cover almost anything I'd use mics for at this stage. He said that despite the low price, they are good quality mics. He is buying a pair of Behringer B-5 mics for himself soon. He said that for recording bass, a good dynamic mic would work better than a condenser mic. That makes me wonder if I should buy one small condenser and one Shure SM-57.
I emailed the recording teacher at school, he replied simply with "It's a big subject -- let's talk about it in class on Thur." Normally that class is 2 hours of internet free-time, so I imagine I'll get a lot of info about mics by the end of it.
Posted 01 May 2006 - 05:49 PM
I have one of these mixers too. I don't use it very often but it's pretty good for what it is and how much it goes for. It's pretty clean, at least compared to similar mackie and behringer models i've used in the past.
this is the mixer i have. it has phantom power (though i haven't needed it for anything) and thus far i've been pleased as punch with everything i've needed it for.
it's definitely a good price, and you can probably find one on ebay for even cheaper (i believe der spunkman got one recently).
Posted 02 May 2006 - 08:18 PM
Posted 02 May 2006 - 10:20 PM
i say go for a mixer with enough xlr imputs. as for me, i have a porta studio with 4 , and the mixer has for, so thats esentialy 8.
what are ya ganna do for drums, pingo?
Posted 02 May 2006 - 10:32 PM
Sadly, no more full drumsets live at my house.
Posted 02 May 2006 - 10:37 PM
Jab, my friend showed me this site: www.tweakheadz.com it looks like it has some good info and forums. Or more specifically, this page http://www.tweakheadz.com/guide.htm look at the column on the left.
Posted 02 May 2006 - 11:52 PM
Posted 03 May 2006 - 07:36 AM
If the OH mics aren't right on top of the cymbals, they'll give a good picture of the kit, especially if you spend some time positioning them. Use a tape measure to help in finding spots! To set up OH mics, one way to go is to draw a line (use a drumstick) dividing the kit in two, with the kick and snare in the center. Measure distances from this center line to taste, and you've already got a balanced stereo image of the kit. Use condenser mics for the overheads if you have them.
Bigger than that, though, the keys to getting good drum recordings are a) having a good, consistant drummer, and having a halfway decent kit that's tuned well. A nice-sounding room goes far, too - then it can be worthwhile to set up room mics, and, depending on the music, you may not need to close mic at all.
Posted 03 May 2006 - 05:34 PM
Posted 03 May 2006 - 07:43 PM
Anyway, I will go ahead and support the choice of that Behringer mixer. I have a lesser model of the same line and I am EXTREMELY happy with it, I have no doubts that the more expensive version is even more handy.
Also, go with the Keystation only if you're planning on not using much acoustic piano sounds. The M-Audio keyboards are good for synth stuff, but when it comes to pianos I'd really save up and invest in something of a higher quality.
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