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Title: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Shabakuk Zeborius Anfang on 20 February 2009, 08:35:19
I have just been moved to tears by the Kuglimz Love Song. I shall learn it and sing it to my lover and companion.

*putting on a brave face* So my question: do any of the Santharian recorded artists have a tip when I look for recording equipment, with the view of eventually offering my own strumming and caterwauling to Santharian ears?

I sing and play guitar lute, and also have an assortment of percussion makers that I occasionally drive said lover and companion up the wall with. Any hints on the gear I'd need to record and digitize these kinds of things?


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Nsikigan Ho´Tonanese Yourth on 20 February 2009, 11:32:38
What kind of guitar do you use? Electric? Acoustic? Acoustic electric?


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Irid alMenie on 20 February 2009, 15:38:32
Where did your plaque go, Nsiki? I can only see 'aspiring member' in normal letters. And above that Eyelian Pilgram, which I *think* should be pilgrim... no?

Sorry Fu, no advise for you from my side, I'm not a music maker ^.^


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 20 February 2009, 15:57:10
To ánswer the plaque question: If you change your display name, your plaque gets automatically lost...


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Shabakuk Zeborius Anfang on 20 February 2009, 19:36:31
*looks up from his book entitled "The Integration of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Empirical Social Research"*

Acoustic, brother Nsiki. Both classical (nylon strings) and folk (steel).

I realized that I do own a digital voice recorder, actually. But I doubt the recording quality would be good enough for music, even if I purchased a microphone to go with it. - ?


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Alysse the Likely on 21 February 2009, 04:00:40
I use the Audacity program which I downloaded off the Internet and a small Nexxtech microphone for my songs.  As long as I can keep the place quiet enough to record something (no trivial feat with my four children!) it does the job just fine.

I think that's really sweet, Shabakuk, and I (and I'm sure the Bard, as the singer, is too) am very flattered that you want to use my song.  I hope you can manage to record your music, as we could use more actual music on the site.  I can't actually play anything, so my music is all vocal.  Having more variety is always good.


Alysse the Likely


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Shabakuk Zeborius Anfang on 21 February 2009, 06:55:04
Thanks, Alysse!

I'd never heard of Audacity. It looks fascinating. I shall definitely go microphone shopping sometime soon.

The lady of my heart likes your & Judith's song, too! I've been playing it on the guitar ...  :)


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Nsikigan Ho´Tonanese Yourth on 21 February 2009, 06:58:53
Hmmm.... well, ya, Alysse's microphone would work fine for voice... for guitars, you may want to invest in an electric acoustic. I was able to get a fine one for about 200 dollars, but I'll see if I can't find you a better way to mike an acoustic.


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Shabakuk Zeborius Anfang on 21 February 2009, 08:03:15
Thanks, Nsiki. I'd appreciate any help. From your electric acoustic, would you still need a mic to pick up voice and guitar simultaneously, or would you record separate tracks, with the guitar recorded directly from the pick-up?


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Nsikigan Ho´Tonanese Yourth on 22 February 2009, 02:03:11
I would record the tracks separately - you could mix them easily enough in Audacity. Just buy a jack that's compatible with a computer, and audicity, or any music-editing software, should be able to pick it up for you. And then make sure the mic can plug in as well. Depending on the computer, you might be able to record both tracks simultaneously, or you might have to do the voice, then plug in the guitar. I'm heading to band practice later today, I'll ask the guys what kind of mic they'd recommend.


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Maggie O'Shannachan on 22 February 2009, 03:51:33
Well if your on the dark (Mac ;)) side then garage band should be your best friend! :heart:
that's what i use, and i don't have a dedicated microphone, just the inbuilt one, not as good quality as a dedi. but does the job!


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Shabakuk Zeborius Anfang on 22 February 2009, 06:03:32
Thanks, y'all! I'm on the even darker side, so I'll try Audacity.

Maggie, your music is truly beautiful. In terms of sound quality, I think your harp is picked up rather clearer/sharper than the piano, wouldn't you say?

For myself, experiments with the voice recorder have proven that I need to buy a microphone of some sort. I went to a music technology shop today that a friend had recommended, only to find that it had shut down.  :( Will try again soon.



Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Maggie O'Shannachan on 22 February 2009, 06:13:55
Damn you microsoft! :evil:

Yeah, i know what you mean, i think its just down to the nature of the instrument, also i spent alot of time adjusting the input recording level when i recorded the harp.

Lookin' forward to hearin your tunes!! :grin:


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Shabakuk Zeborius Anfang on 25 February 2009, 05:21:30
Cheers, Maggie!

And (inhales:) Nsikigan Ho'Tonanese Yourth (exhales): any news from your band? What do you play, anyway? Any chance of your band becoming Santhbards, too?


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Nsikigan Ho´Tonanese Yourth on 25 February 2009, 05:30:22
Just call me Rocksilk, friend ;)
Or Nsiki :)
Anyways, yes, I've looked at a few mics - for voice and guitar, I recommend the http://www.abesofmaine.com/item.do?item=SPRB1&id=SPRB1&l=FROOGLE
Or, the B1 Studio model. Not for the stage really, but an excellent quality studio mic, this'll get the job done.
Myself, I sing, though I do dabble in the other instruments.... perhaps i will contribute musically to the dream someday :)


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Shabakuk Zeborius Anfang on 25 February 2009, 05:42:44
Thanks, Nsiki! The microphone looks good. I shall make enquiries.


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: Nsikigan Ho´Tonanese Yourth on 25 February 2009, 05:50:09
Ya, its about a hundred dollars, but its definitely worth it. I worked with one this weekend, it worked just fine. A word of warning, mon frere- if you spend less then fifty dollars on a mic, be prepared to take some serious cuts in quality.


Title: Re: Music recording technology. Request for advice
Post by: asrail on 24 August 2009, 02:18:28
I would record the tracks separately - you could mix them easily enough in Audacity. Just buy a jack that's compatible with a computer, and audicity, or any music-editing software, should be able to pick it up for you. And then make sure the mic can plug in as well. Depending on the computer, you might be able to record both tracks simultaneously, or you might have to do the voice, then plug in the guitar. I'm heading to band practice later today, I'll ask the guys what kind of mic they'd recommend.

with audicity you should just be ably to buy a jack to mini jack imput (around £4) and plug it in to the mic input, then options click mic input, mics depend on how much money you want to spend, an sm58 is about £70 but it will last for ever, or a pg48 is about half the price.