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Im in a jam!

I want to record my music and im not sure what is good to record on. Audacity blows and i cant find anything else. Plus i dont have a recording interface, im going straight through my microphone slot ( Guitar -> Preamp -> Amp -> Computer )

What should I do?

Things i have:
1) Behringer Pre Amp
2) Line 6 Spider III HD150
3) Scheter
4) Alienware

What should i do! I cant afford to buy anything


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Member Mon, 03/24/2008 - 19:16
Raisin Bran You said you were pluging into the mic jack on the soundcard try going to the Line In instead. Connect it like this Guitar -> Line 6 Amp heaphone/direct out -> Line in of soundcard. Just eliminate the Behringer preamp. If you need to do vocals just unplug the Amp and plug the Behringer preamp if you are doing vocals.

As others have stated Audacity is not that bad of a program. It doesn't do it all but it records and if you build the rhythm and backing tracks with loops you should should be able to put something together. Using the VSTs you should be able to mix down your tracks. Don't give up your almost there.

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Kapt.Krunch Sun, 03/23/2008 - 06:38
RasinBran wrote:
What should i do! I cant afford to buy anything

You'll pretty much have to do with what you have until you CAN buy something better. That ain't such a bad thing, though.

Should be no reason you can't record something reasonable in Audacity, except for the interface and whatever and however you run things into it.
I doubt any other recording program is going to make a bad soundcard or bad techniques any better.

Learn with what you have until you can get something better. If you play with what you have now enough, you may get something better than you think (though still not GREAT), but you'll have more practice and knowledge about the concepts when you get something better.

Just having a better program or better interface doesn't guarantee a better recording.

And, you can always look for other free or shareware programs to try, if you want. Try places like "Shareware Music Machine". Audacity now runs VSts. Try KVR for free VST.

Good luck,


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Kapt.Krunch Sun, 03/23/2008 - 14:18
Space wrote: Is the Kristal Audio Engine any good?

It is no cost as far as I know, but is it any good...I do not know.

Download it and see for yourself. But, don't expect miracles. A lot of people have made fair use of Audacity, but you think it sucks, so we don't know what you are basing your opinions on.

Read my earlier post again and contemplate the parts about what hardware you are using, and how you use it. The highest-priced recording software isn't going to be able to polish the turds that come out of a poorly designed soundcard, nor will it magically make everything you put in sound good, if you don't know the basics of recording.

So, go ahead and download and install Kristal. Play with it awhile. It may have different ways of doing things that you feel better about. I doubt SERIOUSLY that it will make your admittedly low-end setup produce professional-sounding recordings.

It's not the software that's your major obstacle. Play with what you have, and try other freely-distributed stuff (not pirated) to learn. Then you may know enough about things to know what you will eventually want to buy when you DO get funding to upgrade.

Audacity will sound better on a higher-level recording interface than ANY software will sound on a low-level interface. It's that simple. You can't get around that fact.

You can take this advice for what it's worth, but I doubt few would disagree with what I took the time to write. I am trying to answer your questions. :wink:


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Codemonkey Sun, 03/23/2008 - 18:04
It's OK for the most part. It sucks big time and violates everything I've ever personally liked in program interface design.
On looks, interface, everything about using it is just, uch. The installation process is a PITA as well.

16 tracks, 2 VSTs per track, has a parametric track EQ built in and allows 3 master VSTs. Does the trick for anything basic. Main advantage is that it can record more than one input at once unlike Audacity the last I used it.

And I agree, software doesn't matter so long as you can at least use it. I've made decent recordings using Audacity and onboard sound.
Barring a 6.3KHz and other assorted squealing frequencies...