which software ?

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by dizzeebass, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. dizzeebass

    dizzeebass Guest

    Hi, im lookin for software for my pc that i can plug in and record my bass ,eletric guitar and electro violin ect to make a couple tracks. edit them, eq, that wort of thing to get pro quality music at the end.

    can anyone reomend a prgram.

    can anyone point me to a drum machine software aswell please
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member


    The INTERFACE and converters within are what define the quality. The software doesn't make a difference to quality. Maybe it comes with decent bundled plugins.

    Except Kristal and Audacity, both of them make the user feel so much hatred that they can't possibly produce good music.
  3. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    I think, for software, Windows XP is still pretty good ;)
  4. lostindundee

    lostindundee Active Member

    Ha ha - Nice one space :D

    Codemonkey is correct regarding the quality being determined by the interface you use. before you plug into an interface, you will also need a preamp or DI, depending on whether you want to mic an amp or go direct (Direct Input = DI). You'll need to research what's out there. There are Interfaces out there with preamps on them, killing 2 birds with one stone. Off the top of my head, one of the RME Firefaces would would give you all you need in one package but that depends on your requirements regarding simutaneous recording. There are likely cheaper alternatives out there over the RMEs.

    Software? Sonar Producer/Home Studio or Cubase seem to be on a par with each other and very usable for the occasional user right up to pro level. Both won't break the bank either and are very reasonably priced for what they can do.

    I use Sonar PE (producer edtion) and find it really nice. Sonar also comes with drum software called 'Session Drummer'. However, I prefer to use another product called EZDrummer which isn't too expensive to add on in there. I think you'll dig EZDrummer as it has groove clips which can be dropped into midi tracks and then stretched/looped for x amount of measures with fills being dropable into the track here and there too to suit. All the bits and bobs can be copied and pasted here and there too. Takes a while to learn but fun none-the-less.


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  5. valem

    valem Guest

  6. dizzeebass

    dizzeebass Guest

    is there such a program when i can just plug in and play
  7. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Think about what you are saying dizzeebass.

    Just plug in(to what)? You will have to go through the usual plug out of one thing/plug into another thing.

    Running a 1/4" cord out of a guitar with a reducer on the end of the 1/4" cable that matches your sound card is hardly going to give you "pro quality" anything;)

    Interface, the guys said it, look into it. You will be glad you did.

    Then again....

    edit: Sorry, you want FRUITY LOOPS! I was getting lost on the "plug in and play" part. I think that WE thought you wanted to actually play a musical instrument.
  8. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    No, Space, he wants to plug - in - and - play: not play a plugin!
  9. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    You will need an interface if you want 'pro quality' results.

    I would suggest a Mackie Onyx Satellite: they are available for stupidly low prices at the moment, and the quality is very good. It also includes a copy of Tracktion, which is the easiest DAW software to learn IMO, but still very powerful.
  10. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    OK, if you want something with very easy recording?

    Once it's installed and (easily) set up - to record you do this:

    On the Waver window, (click the Stereo button and) click the Connect button on Track 1 then click the Record button next to it.
    Armed and dangerous, you hope your levels are set and press "Record" on the transport window.

    Press stop when the drugs wear off/Church service is finished.
  11. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Classic. :p
  12. dizzeebass

    dizzeebass Guest

    Thanks people, i know i sounded like a noddy, i was trying to get around pluging into something other than my windows vista laptop bec,ause i got dropped from work and have no money spare to buy this and that, i wanted make a highy quility track for a collage scholaship to see if i can get in for free.

    i dnt want to edit anything, just record it, burn it play it, thanks for all the advice
  13. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    I hope the college entrance board doesn't count spelling, typing or grammar, but maybe collage is an art project.
  14. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    I think " noddy" is the right word. Problem is, I only speak English and a bit of pig-Latin.
  15. dizzeebass

    dizzeebass Guest

    Sorry about spelling, typing and grammar. I am highly dislexic, so sorry if it was hard to read.
  16. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Don't let people say a damn thing about what you can and cannot do. How you learn or what you learn is moot. It's what you do that counts. If you try to be healthy and happy you will have a healthy and happy life.
  17. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    I too struggle with dyslexia, though not as much as my brother. I just think it is important to try and communicate in way that is easy for others to understand. I often have to read my posts several times before submitting.
    Besides, they say the things that bother you about others are what really bothers you about yourself. So maybe I should look at that.
  18. dizzeebass

    dizzeebass Guest

    thanks fellas
  19. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    "Besides, they say the things that bother you about others are what really bothers you about yourself. So maybe I should look at that."

    I disagree on the whole, although there are a number of times...
    *trails off into a murmur of thought*.

    Really if you just want to record something and be done with it, Kristal or Audacity would do the job. Audacity will even turn down your input volume if you're clipping too much - although this isn't ALWAYS a desirable thing.

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