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What Do I need, Listen to My Quick Story

Discussion in 'Recording' started by rbf738, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. rbf738

    rbf738 Active Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    I've worked with Live before with my old band, and we got some really decent sounding home recordings from it.

    Anyways tho, none of that stuff was mine, and now that that project is defunct, I am looking to record some demos for my new project so I can give them to potential band members as well as sending them out to labels. The project is a huge amalgamation of many of my favorite artists, Mgmt meets Fall out Boy meets the Killers, etc.

    Anyways, I want to use Garageband I think because my friend was using it once and I was impressed with how easily he was able to splice together everything and the quality was decent considering that as well.

    Now, my question. What hardware will I need and what can you recommend? I'm going to get garageband, how do the inputs work for my laptop, ie where can I hook in my guitar or synthe. What sort of converter will I need, as I very well can't easily put a patch cable in my laptop anywhere.

    Also, I want decent synthe sounds, do I just get a midi keyboard and garageband offers a whole bunch of sounds and patches to meet that? I want decent sounding synthe sounds, killers type stuff, so I didn't know.

    Any recommendations for what I'm trying to do??
  2. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Distinguished Member

    Feb 9, 2005
    South Florida
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    I don't use garageband but you will probably get more responses if you change your title to "Questions about using Garageband" or "Audio interfaces for Garageband".

    You may also want to move this post over to the home recording forum.
  3. majormusic

    majormusic Guest

    Your sound quality does not come from the software itself. It comes from the hardware first. Please make sure to purchase some good hardware. I have heard some very good recordings with garage band, and some horrible sounds.

    Sounds all stem from the quality gear that you have.
  4. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Fredericksburg, VA
    I would say in the pantheon of recording, sound quality comes from (in order of importance):

    1 - Quality of the performance
    1a - Quality of the acoustic space in which you're recording
    2 - Knowledge and experience of the engineer
    2a - Proper use of the gear - proper placement of microphones
    3 - Montoring chain/environment
    4 - Proper gain staging
    5 - xxx
    6 - xxx
    99 - Gear
    100 - Software
  5. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Distinguished Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    Gain staging is NOT 4th.
    I disregard all your theories.
    Don't want to hear them.
    No, shut up.
  6. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Saint Codemonkey, Patron Saint of Proper Gain Staging...
  7. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Distinguished Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    Actually I was about to suggest it was 99th, hardware 98th and all other items from n-th place were (n-1)th.

    Or maybe I'm just mad that the Church mixer's pre's don't provide enough gain to make up proper gain staging without having them at max.
    And then I need to turn down the outputs, so I get 5 hot pres and a cold amp, just to drop the noise floor by no more than 10dB? The PC interface adds too much to notice.

    Once things get upgraded, then I'll mess about with gain structure again.

    Until then I believe that you need a minimum level of hardware but it doesn't need to be pro.
    I'd rather have a level 1 fighter, level 1 mage and level 1 healer, than a single level 3 fighter.
  8. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Okay, well, you and your musketeers stay here and play in the sand pit, me and the heavy are going to go mob some clowns.
  9. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    I wouldn't talk about clowns with Kev around.

    You think you got trouble with gain staging...

  10. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Indeed, that's creepy.

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