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Unread 09-12-2014, 06:33 AM   #1
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I don't have any recording equipment. I don't have the money to buy any at the moment. I want to record some acoustic demos that are good enough to let people hear. Up to this point I've just been recording myself using a webcam but the quality is sketchy.

Are there any affordable programs that will do what I need (guitar and vocals)?

My other thought was just to drop the $100 (or so) and get a little 4-track recorder.

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I don't have any recording equipment. I don't have the money to buy any at the moment. I want to record some acoustic demos that are good enough to let people hear. Up to this point I've just been recording myself using a webcam but the quality is sketchy. Are there any affordable programs that will do what I need (guitar and vocals)? My other thought was just to drop the $100 (or so) and get a little 4-track recorder.
Using Audacity or Reaper or Kristal means the software would be free. From there you would probably be best off spending the money on a USB recording mic like a Blue Snowball.
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Unread 09-12-2014, 10:46 AM   #3
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+1 on Steve. Alternative approach with different possibilities for 100 of your American dollars would be to buy a Zoom H1 or Tascam DR-05, plus Audacity or other free software...
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If you can stretch your budget by $60 or so you could get a Tascam DP-008.
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Stretch your budget a bit, and you'll be better off.

I am still rocking a Tascam US-1641 and it works awesome. 8 front mic inputs with input gain adjust, two unbalanced inputs in front with gain adjust, some more in the back. Monitor out, as well as 4 outputs. Headphone out. Runs on USB 2.0, however, but might not be an issue.

I've recorded 8 tracks at once with an old version of Adobe Audition without a hitch on a Windows 7 box I built.
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Thanks for the info. I think I'll have about $200 to work with.
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I like the DP008 because you don't need a computer at all and it's so easy to use that you don't really need to look at the manual. It has everything you need onboard - xlr inputs, phantom power, reverb, eq, two excellent built-in condenser mics. It's about the size of a VHS tape and can run on AAs, so you can take it anywhere. I used mine for recording music, as well as for field recordings and for conducting interviews.
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Vox/gtr into Blue YETI or SNOWBALL ($90) into your computer ($xxx) into Reaper ($60) and you're set.
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If you're ever in Atlanta again, I'll record you. I have a pretty bamf setup for a home recording studio.
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