Simple audio recording software...

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by eddiedietz, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

    Hi everyone!

    I'm looking for audio recording software to record vocals on the computer. I'm totally new to recording and editing so I would like to have a simple and easy to use program.

    What can you recommend?

    I would like for the program to have effects like reverb.

    Thanks!
     
  2. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    Audacity. Free, and relatively simple.

    I have heard Reaper is also very easy to use as well.

    And if you have the need to make MP3s, you would need to download the LAME MP3 dll for it.
     
  3. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

    I've tried downloading Audacity, but can't find any function called "reverb" or something like it.
     
  4. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Never used it, but here's what the online manual says:


     
  5. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

    What I ment was actually the effect that makes your voice sound like it's recorded in a hall. It's used in a lot of songs but more subtle. I would'nt necessarily call it an effect because when listening to songs you might not even notice it.
     
  6. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Audacity as Bent pointed out does NOT have REAL TIME effects. You can only apply them after the fact. If you go back to Audacity's page, there is a download link for a vst enabler that will allow you to use freely and legally downloaded plugins from3rd party developers. There is also an LDSPA plugin pack which includes many plugins.

    That all being said, you might also want to try Kristal Audio Engine which is also free but a little more complex and allows for real time use of plugins.
     
  7. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    It is an effect - totally, undeniably, 100%.

    A Hall is just one of many flavors of the effect called reverb, same as 'echo', 'spring', and numerous others.
     
  8. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    My question is how are you getting the vocals into the computer? The reason I ask is the most common way would be an interface and nearly all of them today come bundled with software. So you might want to consider which one comes bundled with a software program you can live with though all the above suggestions are great as well and most are free or very reasonable in cost.
     
  9. Get Reaper. This allows a 30 day free evaluation period and is then only 60 dollars for a non commercial license and 230 for a commercial license, which you upgrade yourself at the appropriate time based on trust. (the non commercial license also allows you to sell a small amount of music in it's EULA.

    Reaper also allows VST plugins to be used, so if you don't get the sound you're looking for in the included plugins you can buy or download free plugins.

    http://www.reaper.fm
     
  10. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

    I thought I'll just use a typical microphone pluged to my laptop with a mini-jack.

    That's also what I'm looking for. I'll try the link. Thanks!
     
  11. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    "I thought I'll just use a typical microphone pluged to my laptop with a mini-jack."

    If you want to sound like your vocals were recorded from a Skype conversation over dialup, go ahead.

    It's a decent enough way to get started, but after cursing and swearing a lot about the lousiness, you'll go the way of the pros and drop some cash on something better.
     
  12. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    what is this thread doing in DAW PRO AUDIO???
     
  13. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Acoustica Mixcraft. Record - Mix - Burn. The GarageBand equavilent for the PC. Made for beginners and wankers...
     
  14. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

    Do you have some advise for equipment I could buy? Only equipment for vocals not other instruments. Are there some cheap solutions that works well?
     
  15. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Not really. I myself still use a soundblaster (oh, the hypocrisy - but I prefer to call it leading by counter-example). But I only record spoken word for web distrubution.

    Other people (and threads already posted) are far more suited to "what should I buy" questions (see Budget Gear/Home Project Studios sub-forums)
     
  16. frosty

    frosty Guest

    I have a nice sonar audio interface that I used back when I had a PC.. I could sell it for maybe $200 at the least? But I don't know if you'd want to spend that much :)

    If you want to go really low end on equipment, google usb recording mic or somethin. ;) I'm not sure what free/cheap software there is available for pc though.
     

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