computer recording for guitar

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  1. mark cassidy

    mark cassidy New Member

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    So, I am thinking about this whole recording thing and I'm wondering about how to do it on a laptop. I have used very basic recording devices such as a Tascam 6 track but I have never attempted anything on a computer, along with all these modelling doohickies they have nowadays. Is there a book that lays it out in a simple way for a simple guy like me? At the moment all I have, apart from the guitars themselves, is a Fender Blues Junior combo amp. Many thanks in advance!
     
  2. Huggy B

    Huggy B I'm feeling funky baby.

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    There is a multitude of tutorials on Youtube on each of the many DAW recording software programs on the market. That will be the best place to start, but I would suggest you get familiar with GarageBand first. It's probably the easiest and most user friendly DAW out there.

    Good luck on your journey.
     
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  3. Lister

    Lister Playing guitar badly since the 70's...

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    Welcome to the rabbit hole!
    There's more than a few YouTube vids to help get you started.
    This vid

    is the one I used to help get me going and there's a whole series where he walks you through the process. I also bought a focusrite 2i2 and used the free version of protools that came with the focusrite.
    Now with all that said, I still use my old tascam dp-008 for some things, simply because I'm familiar with it and it's simple for a luddite like me to use. In fact, everything on my soundcloud at the moment was done on the tascam and uploaded. I do have a few songs on my DAW, but they're not quite finished to a point I'm ready to upload just yet.

    Good luck!
     
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  4. jvin248

    jvin248 New Member

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    Start by downloading Audacity (https://www.audacityteam.org/), search around for the plug-ins to add 300+ effects, but even the basics are very useful. Multi-track recording, editing, effects processing, makes this a very useful product.

    Then get UbuntuStudio. Audacity is in there, plus a lot more, pedal effects, amp sims, office productivity suite, artwork programs.
    If you have an old pc kicking around the house/garage that was 'too slow' or 'too many viruses' then install UbuntuStudio on it and have a dedicated music workstation.
     
  5. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    In their basic operations, DAWs operate as easily as that old Tascam 6 track. These days they come loaded with plugins for amp models, synth models, drum models, and a cornucopia of effects. Add a microphone or two, and suddenly you have a very capable portable recording rig.

    To give you an idea of how powerful today’s simple setups can be, my son produced two of the songs for the latest 30 Seconds to Mars record, featuring Halsey, with a 2015 MacBook Pro laptop, the least expensive Universal Audio interface, and a pair of headphones. The latest-greatest gear is not required in order to do this work. The album was released on Interscope, and did very well, going to #1 in both Billboard’s Alternative and Rock charts.

    So yeah, if a major label production can happen on a laptop, and gear you can fit into a backpack or briefcase, there’s no reason you can’t do your own productions on one!

    You’ll need an interface to record microphones, guitar, etc, and to get sound out to your speakers or headphones. Some folks still call this a “sound card,” although most people use external boxes that get plugged into the computer instead and still call it a sound card. Others will refer to it as A/D and D/A converters. Simple, right?

    If you’re just starting out, be patient with yourself; it takes a little bit of time to become familiar with a DAW. While they all do certain things, each one has kind of a ‘personality’ and a workflow that appeals to different people. For example, I use both Logic Pro and Digital Performer in my work, and the odd thing is that they each operate a bit differently, but do pretty much the same thing!

    What you might want to do is go online and check out the trial versions of these DAWs, and see what appeals to you. Many can be downloaded as demo versions. When you find one you like, buy that one regardless of anyone else’s “expert” opinion, and then consider getting a “how to” book dedicated to that particular DAW. There are any number of them geared to first-time users.

    You’d be surprised at how they differ in appearance and how they organize tracks, and the number of GUIs that are out there to pretty much do the same thing. However, they’ll all get you there; the look, workflow, and feel you like is what you’re after. They all sound just fine, are fully pro, and all of them can bounce mixes to the computer, or an external recorder, etc.

    Have fun with it! It’s not supposed to be daunting, it’s actually a lot of fun to learn this stuff.
     
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  6. matonanjin

    matonanjin New Member

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    Home Recording for Beginners
     
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  7. mark cassidy

    mark cassidy New Member

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    Sorry guys - was off piste for a day or two there. Back in the saddle now. And many thanks for the replies and input. Much appreciated. I'm looking to spend a fortune so the suggestions I'm seeing here will be real helpful. What I AM looking for is to have some fun. Many thanks!!!
     
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