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Q fr newbie interested in amateur recording

Discussion in 'Recording' started by flemingkr, Jan 4, 2002.

  1. flemingkr

    flemingkr Guest

    This is your basic "Which way do I turn?" request. Do you know of a more appropriate site/source for me to begin with, given that...

    I'm new to hand percussion, and would like to record as I learn. I know NOTHING about ANY topic discussed at this site, and will likely always be an amateur in both music and recording. I'd like to start by recording my feeble conga and bongo work and mix it in with the kind of stuff available on drum machines, etc. I have seen, but never touched ANY of the equipment discussed at this site--oh, except maybe a PA or two. Hep meh.
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Well...where do you want to go with this? Do you want to get into computer recording? Or do you want to get into general recording with a 4 track analog or a portable digital recorder like the Roland VS series?
    There are tons of help discussions in this forum in the Computing section if you just research a little bit into it.
    More questions are:
    what type of recording? like how many tracks..what other instruments do you plan on recording? You say drum machines..do you currently own or looking into getting one or more or whatever?
    You need to be a little more specific when asking these type of questions. Being a newbie can be tough but dont worry man..we've converted some newbies into novices in no time at all!! Just give us specific end results you want to end up with and we'll be more than happy to "hold you hand"!!!
  3. flemingkr

    flemingkr Guest

    Tough questions. The available technology is impressive but I don't have a desire to use any in particular. IOW, I don't want to "do computer recording" or "use a 4-track portable". These are just solutions to some problem to me at this point--and I'm not sure yet what the problem is!

    All I can imagine is playing & recording my drums while listening to some pre-recorded music that doesn't contain whatever it is I'm playing (e.g., congas). Then, assembling the pre-recorded music and the recording I've just made into a single recording that I can keep permanently. I'd like to be able to play the tune back at anytime thru a stereo PA, so I may not care what medium the archived recording ends up on. Naturally I'd like the final product to sound as tho the drummer was in the room with the rest of the musicians when the recording was made. :)

    At any one time I'd be recording only what one very inexperienced percussion guy can play--1 or 2 congas and a bongo, max.

    That's my limited imagination; I have no idea what can be done. But learning and using the technology is NOT where I want to spend the bulk of my time--but I hope it'll help me learn (some aspects of) percussion.

    Let me browse the Computing section as you suggested, there's some chance I may get a clue! Thanks for the response, BTW.
  4. Ang1970

    Ang1970 Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2000
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    And Welcome to RO! Enjoy... :)
  5. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Distinguished Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    No matter where you are today Bongo Boy, chances are good that you are going to want more in a short amount of time, so be sure to think ahead a little bit and get *more* than you think you will need now...

    Good Luck!!!

  6. flemingkr

    flemingkr Guest

  7. stoneinapond

    stoneinapond Guest

    I think the first question you want to ask yourself, is how much do you want, or can spend on this pastime. Is this also a short-term fantasy, or do you want to build this slowly into something else. Also ask yourself, what kind of source material do you want to play along with? Will commercial CDs do? You say you are not too interested in learning technology. Not now perhaps. You might want to look at something like the Boss BR532 digital 4 track - looks a little intimidating but isn't. (you will find it on Roland's web site.) Then you will need a mic, stand, cable. And then later...........We've all been there.
    But you will be able to start wailing straight away.
    Hope this helps, and good luck.

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