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Digital Recorder for my Karaoke sytem

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by joms, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. joms

    joms Active Member

    Hi,

    I have a basic karaoke system and now I want to add a good digital recorder to my system so I can record our songs. Output will come from my mixer then to the recorder.

    Question, Is there a way to record my songs per channel? Say I have 2x mics and 1x karaoke player = 3x separate channels? So the voice will be separated from the music? My Zed10fx mixer has a USB output so i dont know if this is possible. If not, then I guess I will just record everything at once. I am after quality and the simpler it is the better. Just push record then stop. It would be a big plus if it has a remote or can be controlled via wifi.


    Mixer = Zed10fx (but i am thinking of changing it to Soundcraft MXFi8)
    Mics = Shure SM58

    Thanks
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Try the Zoom H4N. It has a built-in stereo pair of mics plus inputs for two other separate channels (e.g. your karaoke player stereo output), and you can get a remote for it. With a little bit more work in the wiring, you could put the karaoke player in through the stereo minijack on the H4N and connect your SM58s to the XLR mic inputs instead.

    After recording, you transfer the 4-channel recorded data from the H4N to a PC or Mac via USB. If you mix it in the computer, it leaves your Zed 10FX out of the loop. Why are you thinking of changing your mixer?

    If you want more than 4 channels, you could look at the new Zoom H6.
     
  3. joms

    joms Active Member

    I am actually looking at the Zoom H4N and the Tascam DR-100MKII right now. Is the H4N better than the DR-100MKII?

    If I remove the mic from the Zed10Fx and put it in the Zoom, then there will be no voice coming out of the speakers. What I actually want is to record our karaoke performance when my friends come over during our weekend parties. I want to actually do it in the background without them knowing it then I will compile the songs then make them a copy of our karaoke session in a DVD.

    I understand that this can be done by just getting a stereo output from the zed mixer but if possible I want the vocals to be separated so I can try to put some effects to it (im a noob but I'd sure like to learn how to put reverbs, compression and EQ the vocals).

    I am thinking of changing to soundcraft MFXi due to the following:
    - better preamps
    - better effects from lexicon
    - It has insert so I can put a compression filter eventually
    - It has insert so I can put a feedback eliminator eventually
    (The downside is, it has no USB thus I can't put a computer for recording)

    Hmmmm. Do I use the feedback eliminator in the insert or at the main output of the mixer? Once I use the compressor in the insert, i cannot put a feedback eliminator in the insert already right?
     

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