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Wanting To Record A Demo

Hello, I am new to this forum and am hoping I can get some help. I sing with a gospel trio. We have a full live audio set up with a 13 channel board, powered mains, wireless mics, pre-amps, and monitors. We sing mostly with accompaniment tracks. I am wondering if there is an easy way to run a cable from our board through a computer to record, and edit a couple demo's? Just trying to save some money, rather than dropping a fortune at a studio to record a couple demo's that we send out with our media packs. Also, what software is the best, and or easiest, to work with. I have looked at cakewalk, pro tools, and cubase. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Bill P.


Cucco Wed, 06/20/2007 - 12:06

I don't think there is an easy answer to your question. I would not advise doing what you're asking about.

First of all, what do you think would be a "Fortune" to have a studio come out?

I know personally, I would be able to do a demo like this for at or less than $500. The differences between me doing it and you doing it?
I would bring $40K worth of gear and 20 years of experience with me.

What can you get at the store for $500? Well, you can get the software (maybe Cubase or Cakewalk) for around $300 and an interface for another $200.

That just doesn't seem to make sense to me.

Half of my regular clients are people who started out doing what you're asking about and then they come to me and say "We've been recording ourselves but we can't seem to figure out why it doesn't sound very good.....can you help us?

In any case - good luck in what ever decision you make.



BobRogers Wed, 06/20/2007 - 13:29
I'm with Jeremy on this. There is no way that you will save money setting up a recording for a single demo. A well rehearsed vocal group singing over prerecorded backing tracks would be a very easy piece of work for a professional studio. You'd get to use better mics than your wireless and hopefully be in a better sounding room. Someone with experience would handle the mixing, eq, compression, effects. You would have a better sounding product in much less time and for less money than buying software and a good computer interface.

Now if you are interested in recording for its own sake, you can buy a software bundle and a computer interface and hook up to your current system. Buy some books, prowl this board and others, ask questions. Depending on how hard you work, you'll be making pretty good recordings in a few months or years. But even if you decide to do that, one of the best teaching tools would be going to a good studio to record your first demo. Keep your eyes open, ask questions. It might make you really want to do this. It might make you decide to leave it to the pros.