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Recording audio onto computer, question

Discussion in 'Recording' started by pianoman86, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. pianoman86

    pianoman86 Guest

    I have been recording onto my laptop for a while and I have Sonar Foundary Acid 3.0. I use a Yamaha Motif 8 keyboard and a Shure 58 mic and I use a mixer before plugging it into the soundcard. My question is how you can get the keyboard and vocal parts to be separate on the computer. I know I can record one part and then the other, but I want to record both at the same time and be able to make different effects on each of them. Do I need to get another soundcard or another program to be able to record and have them on separate wav files. I hope this makes sense, I really need some help on this.
  2. RAIN0707

    RAIN0707 Guest

    Get a 1/4" Stereo Y Cable and a female XLR to 1/4" adapter from Radioshack. Connect your mic cable to the XLR adapter and the adapter to one side of the Y cable and hook the keyboard up to the other side. Now you will have vocals left and keyboards right. Essentially two mono channels. Depending on your soundcard you may also need a 1/4" to 1/8" adapter. Set your software up for two tracks - one recording the left and one recording the right. Then you can pan them however you want since they will be just mono tracks.
  3. pianoman86

    pianoman86 Guest

    Thanks for the advise. THe thing is I don't know if my software can record two separate tracks, what software do you use where you can do two tracks at the same time? And is there anyway you can keep the keyboard stereo and have two separate tracks?
  4. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    You will either need to record them at different times, or you will need a different soundcard, one with at least three inputs. Something like the M-Audio Delta 44 would be a good choice for this.

    You've kinda mentioned two different programs there. Sonar is a multitrack recorder/MIDI sequencer made by Twelve Tone Systems (formerly called Cakewalk) and Acid 3.0 was made by Sonic Foundry (now owned by Sony). I'm assuming that you have Sonic Foundry Acid 3.0. In either case, buying a new multi-input soundcard will allow you to accomplish your goals.
  5. pianoman86

    pianoman86 Guest

    Yeah, I meant Sonic Foundary Acid 3.0. Also does the M-Audio Delta 44 work with a laptop, or is it just for desktop? Can you connect it with a USB? Thanks for the information.
  6. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    No, it is a PCI card and won't work with a laptop, but they also make two other very similar products, the Omnistudio USB and the Quattro USB. I am not up on my laptop interfaces, so perhaps someone else can suggest others.
  7. rickrock

    rickrock Guest

    how do i put mixes onto my computer from my dj cd players and mixer
    i have numark table top set up

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