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The Mad Monk
16-08-2003, 06:12:45
If I wanted to record a few songs (mostly likely done to canned music), what's a good software package for recording and editing?

Scabrous Birdseed
16-08-2003, 08:36:37
I'm not sure it's possible to record to satisfactory quality in front of a PC to be honest. Monitor hum, fan noise, etc...

The Mad Monk
16-08-2003, 09:40:37
Not a problem, I can deal with it when it comes up, right now I just need info on software. :)

The Mad Monk
16-08-2003, 09:41:45
I'm not looking to impress an agent, record company or other expert.

Debaser
16-08-2003, 11:29:25
Cakewalk's good for recording guitars. Cubase VST or Pro-Tools are pretty good for sequencing/arranging. Reason is probably best if your looking for an all-in-one dance music package.

protein
16-08-2003, 14:57:35
Recording: Cakewalk Home Studio, Cubase VST or something cheap and cheerful like this: http://www.multitrackstudio.com/screenshot.php

Editing: Wavelab or Sound Forge. I use both.

I would recommend downloading Cubase VST, Wavelab and Soundforge with edonkey www.edonkey2000.com

I wouldn't recommend recording straight on to the PC without having control over the signal going in. Some sort of pre-amp or effects unit with EQ would be good. It's best to record really high quality sound and tweak afterwards than recording OK sound and trying to polish it.

DON'T WASTE MONEY ON SOFTWARE!!! Spend your money on a good mic and pre-amp. Good use of microphones is more important than what you are recording on. This took me ten years of recording to work out. A good all round mic is the Shure SM57. http://www.shure.com/microphones/models/sm57.asp

An excellent free guide to correct mic placement can be found here: http://www.studiobuddy.com

Funkodrom
16-08-2003, 18:26:48
You're such a shameless software thief.

protein
16-08-2003, 22:11:41
Of course. :)

Bob
18-08-2003, 08:14:10
I use Cubase and Wavelab, Cubase is annoying, Wavelab is quit good. I only use it for the final steps. Instead I use my 8 track recorder and a sampler

The Mad Monk
20-08-2003, 01:37:57
I knew I needed a better mic, thanks for the recomendation! :)

I'll look over the software you all listed. Thanks!