Basics for recording

dandan
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Basics for recording

Post by dandan » Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:22 pm

What would be the basic setup required to get a decent recording? Ideally idiot proof, because I have no idea what I'm doing!
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Kurt Penner
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Re: Basics for recording

Post by Kurt Penner » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:09 pm

Simplest: get a field recorder like a Zoom H5 and use the built in microphones. Use the SD card to transfer the audio files to your computer and do what you want with them

Next: get a condenser mic and plug it into the Zoom for better sound. Process the audio files on your computer with audio software like Audacity (free) or Reaper ($US60) to add a bit of reverb and edit out the bad bits. Render down to MP3 or other files.

Third level: get a USB audio interface for your computer and whatever audio software works with it. This will let you make audio files directly in the program instead of importing them from a separate device. You can also do multitrack recordings if you wish. But you gain the hassles of temperamental interfaces, their drivers, software compatibility issues and also the fan noise of the computer intruding on your recordings.


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dandan
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Re: Basics for recording

Post by dandan » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:24 pm

Thanks for the info. Think I'll start with a Zoom H5 and go from there.
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Re: Basics for recording

Post by Seter » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:27 pm

The noise removal/reduction feature in Audacity (and other software) is very useful in making nice sounding recordings. Just try to remember to including a silent part in your raw recordings to get a background noise profile for removal.

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Re: Basics for recording

Post by Beowulf » Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:58 pm

You can find a useful 3 part primer/tutorial by doing a search for,"Recording Classical Guitar: Part 1". The links to parts 2 & 3 are at the bottom of the blog under "pingback".
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