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Audacity recording?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by alstonblues, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. alstonblues

    alstonblues Guest

    Does anyone know if a behringer eurorack mx 802A mixer will work with the audacity recording program...i dont have'nt tried yet but i'd like to know before i got my hopes up and if it doesnt could anyone recommend any software that does work with that mixer?

    thanks
     
  2. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    ".i dont have'nt tried yet"

    Sir you have to read your manuals and then read the help files with the recording software. These are questions better suited to have you make those decisions, if it can work or not.

    Fact is it should work, nothing special about either one or the other.

    Even the longest journey begins with a single step forward.

    As your situation reads, you have a mixer, not an audio interface. So you will be going direct into a computer grade sound card, is this correct?

    It will work.

    Read the manuals ;)
     
  3. alstonblues

    alstonblues Guest

    oh im going to get an audio interface cause ive learned that they are the backbone of good recording quality

    i just got a real good deal on the mixer so i had to buy it

    and i wanted to know if it could work with even the simplest of recording software...but thanks man
     
  4. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Yo man, you like DIY? I'll get ya a real good deal on these screws right here.
    *bag of rusty screws*
    Salvaged from the Titanic, genuine quality screws. I'll give you 100 for $50. Whaddayasay?

    Nothing - wait, precious little - made by Behringer will ever be worth it at any price. It's garbage.

    Your mixer simply outputs a signal, which at some point you'll be plugging into the soundcard/interface? Well the real question is: can you record off that interface with Audacity? Answer: yes.
     
  5. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    Hey alstonblues, you check out reaper yet? It looks really nice and its free to try it for 30 days. Only $60.

    http://www.reaper.fm/

    Maybe you should consider looking at it after you get more familiar with using audacity.

    Codemonkey is totally right about Behrinjer products. If you are to stay in recording, I would advise not supporting thieves and slave drivers such as them. I actually have two of their mixers.

    Yes there cheap and they get the job done but not without quirky flaws. I had a memorial service for a friend and I had the mixer setup with the computer. All the sudden through the eulogy the mixer blasted out some white noise for no reason.

    I have very little desire to use that mixer again! Its not worth what you pay for it.
     
  6. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Can you give trhe miuxer back? Seriously those thing retail for $50 or so brand new. If you pay $10 for it then get the power cable for $20, you may as well buy a new one. And, I can't help but wonder how legit that purchase is if you're getting it without a power cable.

    Forget the mixer if it's not too late. Buy the interface and leave it at that. The mixer....any budget mixer is just going to add noise. Most interfaces come with at least two preamps and a lite version of some recording software anyway.

    And, if you thought you could record 8 individual tracks into your computer with that mixer, think again. The number of simultaneous individual tracks is dependent on your interface and the software you are using.
     
  7. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    On the money hueseph, I hardly ever use my mixers anymore, I think I'll put em up on e-bait! :D
     
  8. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    I appreciate the help guys.

    Not that I need it.

    edit: what was it John Hutton said about feeding a fish to...wait, no it was about give a man a fish...$*^t...I got this, aw-ite?
     
  9. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    That was EF Hutton. People listen to him!

    I'm Dutton. :cool: Only my employees listen to me.

    And the best way to fish is with a stick of C4.....
     
  10. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Dutton...my bad boss.
     
  11. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Don't believe all of these jokers. Beringer is just fine. It will make recordings quite nicely in the hands of any competent professional. Oh, right, you're not quite there yet. The only problem with Beringer is that they are made in such a way that nothing on them can be repaired when they break. He has also stolen designs to imitate those of other manufacturers. So his integrity level in the industry isn't thought much of. But I've used his stuff and made some lovely recordings. You have to start somewhere right? Right. He actually makes some other items that other folks here have recommended because it is the price point that makes his stuff desirable. His electronics aren't much different from anybody else's entry-level consumer music recording equipment.

    A modest quality USB computer interface is your best & least expensive bet. You certainly don't need one with any microphone inputs so I recommend the Edirol UA1-EX or something like that. It's around $80 US and is capable of decent recording since you are not wasting any money on a cheap microphone input as many others have. And its 24-bit 96kHz capable but I suggest to most people to just run it at 16-bit 44.1kHz. That's perfectly adequate. It also allows direct passthrough monitoring with low latency when you overdub. I think it comes with somebody's decent software? Although I don't remember what? Whereas I do know that others audio interfaces offer marvelous multitrack recording software such as Cubase SE which simply means, it's not as chock-full in capabilities as their full-blown high-priced pay for version. But certainly still quite capable with plenty of features. However, your computer will need to be powerful enough to accommodate at least 24 playback tracks simultaneously. It may not be powerful enough to run real-time effects upon mix down. So you figure out what you want by previewing and then you render it out. A little slower process perhaps but just as effective.

    You are now good to go
    Mx. Remy Ann David
     
  12. alstonblues

    alstonblues Guest

    wooooowwwwwww guys

    i thought that you could record simultaneous tracks according to how many inputs the mixer had...
    wow. i feel so stupid haha

    thanks
     
  13. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    We need to go fishin' bro.... I like the way you think!

    Alot!
     
  14. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Yeah. After the first brick goes off you hope the brown speckled refers to the trout and not your trousers.....
     
  15. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    That particular mixer is not a computer enabled audio interface. It's just a mixer designed to feed a multitrack recorder, be it analog, digital or a multi-input computer audio interface such as the Presonus Fire pod/FP 10, etc.. These devices have 8 inputs allowing 8 simultaneous tracks to be ported into your software. But then they also have 8 relatively decent microphone inputs. So there is a little redundancy there. No problem. You use the console at home. Then you can take the 8 microphone input computer audio interface with you on location for convenient recordings. You're console would allow you to record multiple inputs and assign those to a single output, which can be very handy. And a multi-input audio interface you will find starting at approximately $500 US. Quite affordable for what you are getting. But for $1500 US, you could purchase an entire 24 track digital hard disk recorder that would mate with your console just perfectly. It's hard to put all of these concepts together when you're just starting out. So much to know which can be quite confusing. So there you go. Go get them.

    24 track recording for 35 years
    Mx. Remy Ann David
     
  16. alstonblues

    alstonblues Guest

    yea but man thats alotta money

    im just a 16 yr old kid wanting to record a demo in his room so that he can get signed

    so what gear would u recommend for that?
     
  17. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Edirol UAX1, about $80 US. Its USB 1.1. Buy 2. And you get four inputs for $160. You'll play back through only one. For other less important tracks, you can also use the line level input of your cheap soundcard when fed by your console. You don't plug the console into the microphone input of your cheap soundcard. Then you have six inputs. You only have 2 hands and 1 mouth. Of course you also have your ass hole for bass notes. For that, you can use a $10 Radio Shaft microphone and insert it carefully. Now you know my secrets

    Those PZM's hurt like hell
    Mx. Remy Ann David
     

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