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What should be my priority?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by tomjoad, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. tomjoad

    tomjoad Guest

    Me and my band are trying to record some songs but we're having a hard time achieving good recording quality. We're a garage rock band so we're not looking for a clean perfect sound but still... We'd really like to get better results. The mai problem is that what's being recorded is NOTHING like what we hear in the room. Fuzzy, dirty guitars sound weakly distorted. We're on a REALLY tight budget so I thought I could tell you all the equipment we're using so you could give me advice on what our priorities shoud be. We are using:

    One cheap Behringer mic on guitar amp 1
    One cheap Behringer mic on guitar amp 2
    One cheap Behringer mic on bass amp
    One cheap Behringer mic as overhead 1 for drums
    One cheap Behringer mic as overhead 2 for drums
    One cheap Behringer mic on the kickdrum (is this the correct name?)
    One Shure Green Bullet for vocals
    One mixing table behringer eurorack mx 1602

    We're recording with Magix music studio 3.00 on Windows Vista with a NVIDIA HDMI High Definition soundcard.

    So, in your opinion, what should be our top priority? We're considering substituting our two guitar amps for 2 SM57s because our guitar sound is coming out all wrong but maybe the problem is elsewhere.

  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    First off, welcome to recording.org, however, I need to move this topic into the home recording section. Talking about Behringer just loss your respect as anything to do with pro. It is total junk. But, we realize you have to start somewhere. Sorry to sound rash, its the way it is.
  3. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    The SM57 is a fabulous mic for guitar amps. If you aren't getting the sound you like then try moving the mic position. Try it right on the cloth pointing at the cone; 6" off the cone pointing at the cone; 2" inches from the outside edge pointing at the speaker itself; keep moving it until you find the sweet spot. As to the rest, it's difficult to say not knowing which Behr#$ mic's and how you are positioning them. Basically, recording is all about mic position and proper gain staging.

    Your biggest problem however is that you don't have an audio interface listed. Without it you aren't going to get very far.
  4. tomjoad

    tomjoad Guest

    The Behringer mics I'm using are XM1800S. So, if I'm understanding you correctly, my priority should be to buy an audio interface and then to try different mic positions on the amps, right?

    Any interface suggestions?
  5. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Well if you are trying to record live (the band all at one time) you are going to need an 8 channel interface. Is your computer firewire compatable?
  6. tomjoad

    tomjoad Guest

    I don't think so. It's the drummer's computer but I'm pretty sure it's not compatible. However, I've searched the internet and it seems like it's not an expensive upgrade. Would you recommend that? And what inexpensive 8 channel interface would you recommend?
  7. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Well then you are probably looking for a USB interface, I really can't recommend one from personal experience never used a USB interface. Some of the ones available are M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8x8, Line6 UX8, Tascam makes one, these are mid level units a big step up from your soundcard not quite "pro" but you'll have to do your own research.
  8. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Or a (key being) good analog mixer which will sum down to two channels and then all you need is a two channel USB interface.
  9. tomjoad

    tomjoad Guest

    I overdubbed this video with the sound we're getting. Does it help?


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