Free recording software? suggestions?

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by brianpdavidson, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. I just read that there are free recording software downloads. I looked up a few but was wondering if anyone had any suggestion as to a decent one that won't crash my computer. thanks!
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    What facilities do you want? Do you need multi-tracking? Are you just recording or do you need MIDI sequencing as well? What hardware does it have to work with? Are you expecting to mix using this package?

    Both Audacity and Kristal Engine are essentially free and are good at what they are designed to do. However, you may actually be better off paying the relatively small amount of money for a program such as Reaper.
  3. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    What are the specs on your computer?
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    With a reasonable Pentium4 or better? It's not free but it is a hell of a package and that is Sony Vegas 7 or 8. Available for only a few hundred dollars. You get full-blown standard definition & high-definition video editing built into a multitrack audio recorder/workstation. Bundled with DVD Architect 4.5, can hardly be beat.

    Sure you can use those free software's, another inexpensive one would be Mackie Traction. But I can't praise Vegas enough. It's quickly becoming my favorite program for almost everything I'm doing these days. And remember, it's a beautiful CD editor & burner.

    You've spent money on equipment now spend it on something as important as your equipment. After all you're not using a Radio Shaft color computer from 1980 are you? I didn't think so.

    Be a manly engineer & get yourself some real manly software.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  5. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Remy, do you have any experience with Vegas 6?
    A guy I know has it, but never uses it (used it once, I think).
    Besides the hazy licensing that would be a problem, does v6 miss anything big from v7?

    I'm seeing what Yahoo comes up with, but there's a difference between a corporate webpage and a personal experience.
  6. I'll get back to you on specs, but what I would like to be able to do is just record multi-track and maybe master a bit. I'm only planning on using it for basic recordings for handin out free demos, nothing fancy.
  7. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Kristal is basic.
    For real editing you'll want (to pay for) something a little more powerful.

    Also, try some of these.
  8. l0calh05t

    l0calh05t Guest

    Another non-free but very good program is reaper ( Also, should cost less than Vegas ($50 for a non-commercial license, $225 for a commercial license). Plus it has way better signal routing options than pretty much any other DAW software I know.
  9. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    I wrote:

    The rest of the sentence contained more links to free and awesome programs.
  10. matu

    matu Guest

    If would recommend Sony Acid software as a cheap yet decen option. Particular if you use loops alot - the functionality for it is top notch.
  11. l0calh05t

    l0calh05t Guest

    I did notice that, but IMO REAPER deserves more than just one word ;)
  12. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member


    (Man of few words, until you mention computers, politics, maths, women, or say something I disagree with).

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