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**General Production and Mixing Discussion**
Posted 10 September 2008 - 10:25 AM
When I try to record my acoustic I get, behind the notes, a high perhaps harmonic frequency. No matter how I adjust the recording settings like to increase high end or low end it's still there.
Maybe it's just a string buzzing that you aren't noticing? What mic are you using?
Posted 12 October 2008 - 07:19 AM
Posted 18 October 2008 - 04:16 PM
Hey mixing thread. Three questions for you.
1: Software. I have a pirated version of Acoustica Mixcraft 4. It's alright, but I wouldn't pay money for it. I have used Audacity int he past. I'm really good at using it, but it produces bad quality files. This may be because of me not having a USB interface and just going straight into my computer's microphone jack.
I'm considering getting Sony Acid 7. I'm going to try it first by downloading Acid Express, and if I don't like it I'm going to try Fruityloops. I don't loop really at all, but I might if I get it.
Is there a whole lot of difference between Acid and Fruityloops? Or is Fruityloops just a recording studio a la Acid with a really good looper thrown in?
I recommend getting the best software you can get your hands on. If you have to pirate it, please do. A guy from Steinberg once said that they don't mind amateurs using pirated versions, as the ones who learn the software and want to use it profesionally usually end up buying it anyway. That said, you should buy it if you have the money.
The general rule is that if you know one DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), you can basically operate any of them. However, you should try and use the more powerful ones out there, like Nuendo or ProTools. Although they are harder to use at first, the possibilities they offer as an advanced user really pay off if you stick with it and learn to use it properly. With that said, limitations of simpler DAW's could force you to be more creative. Just a thought.
2: Getting a USB interface is probably mandatory if I want to make good quality sounding music. What do you recommend? I don't have a firewire on my laptop, and I would probably be using basic instrument cables, no MIDI, unless I find a way to record a gutiar with MIDI.
If you have the money, and the hardware, you should just get a Firewire interface instead, as they provice lower latency recording, as well as having generally a higher number of I/O options. Both Broom and myself use M-Audio gear, and we're both very happy with it.
3: Is it possible to record a guitar with MIDI? If so, what kind of cords/hardware do I need, and is it expensive?
What exactly do you mean? MIDI does not transfer actual sound.
Posted 18 October 2008 - 05:45 PM
i have the feeling that a lot of you are trying to mix without studio reference monitors. they really do make a huge difference
Yes and no. If you have a decent speaker setup with proper bass response, and you know how profesionally produced music sounds on it, you should be able to produce stuff that sounds just as good as you would if you have proper monitors. Not all people are able to do this, though. I'm just saying it can be done.
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