Recording (live or studio)


Musicians & engineers discuss recording, microphones & pro audio equipment needed to produce better sounding music.

Need USB Audio Interface with SPDIF

Submitted by Meg Lee Chin on Wed, 05/05/2021 - 23:19

I have a trusty old Apogee Mini-Me pre-amp/compressor with drivers that don't work with anything beyond Windows XP.

For a time, I got away with using it via SPDIF  through my trusty old Egosys U2A - it's a cheap little USB Audio Interface which amazingly has both optical and SPDIF ins and outs and cost me less than $100 about a hundred years ago. (I know! Right?)

Basically, the U2A was doing nothing to add to the sound beyond passing through one digital source to another digital source. 

Microphone ID Quiz

Submitted by paulears on Mon, 05/03/2021 - 06:14

A bit of light-hearted fun for the folk who are interested in microphones. I was hunting for a mic this afternoon and realised I had a few that were either old or less common - 17 mics arranged from tallest to shortest. I've blobbed out identifying marks to a degree. Some should be very easy - but getting 17 would be pretty hard I think? 

5 are over 20 years old for certain and two of them I bought in the 70s - so probably 45 years old!

Monitoring with Samplitude Pro X

Submitted by pcrecord on Mon, 05/03/2021 - 05:17

Monitoring with Magix Samplitude Pro X

In this video I show how I do my monitoring setups with RME Totalmix FX and also using Samplitude alone for those who don't have a virtual mixer for their interface. 

One of my Youtube Viewer bought a Presonus Q2626, it seems to not have a virtual mixer and aimed to be driven by studio one..  I hope this will work with samp as well. 

Let me know what you think. How do you manage monitoring outputs, with or without multiple signals for headphones.. 

Need more than 4 tracks on Zoom h4n

Submitted by chunkermunker on Thu, 04/22/2021 - 12:07

Is it possible to record more than 4 tracks on the h4n in MTR mode?  I would think bouncing to on mono track would allow you to add 3 more overdubs, bounce again and add 3 more. I have a project due tomorrow that requires 4 violins, 4 violas, 1 piano and 1 vocalist. I cannot get the h4n to open the bounce file nor does it open when I change the name to trk1-00 (the default name for track 1).  I can do each 4 instrument group and combine  them in Logic on my Mac but I was hoping to avoid that. Doing the recording and not hearing all the parts is not ideal. 

Inmusic brands aquires BFD Drums

Submitted by kmetal on Tue, 04/20/2021 - 16:37

I found this out via a promo that BFD is under new ownership. Its a weird way to find out considering i own about 3/4 or more of the entire BFD collection. I would think they'd send an email to all registered customers.

Allen & Heath GL4000, or?

Submitted by unguitar on Sun, 04/11/2021 - 22:43

I need a small board for my home studio, I'm not using microphones, just synths and outboard.
These are the basics:
8 auxes (the more the better, the GL 4000 has 10 and I love this!)
at least 4 groups
at least 20 channels
good preamps
good metering is welcome
budget is 1500 Euro max
The GL4000 looks like the best option after looking at Ramsa, Soundcraft, Mackie and Midas.
I found it used from the original buyer, conditions are 10/10, it's just very heavy and big.

Samson MDA1 direct box question

Submitted by MC208 on Fri, 04/09/2021 - 09:05

I have a fender jazzmaster that generates a lot of hum in the system. Have a Samson MDA1 direct box. Will this reduce the hum? I'm going into a ZED10FX mixer, into the GTR1 HiZ channel. If it will help, is there anything I should know about hooking it up? Thank you

Is it possible to automate a click track?

Submitted by Michael Epting on Tue, 04/06/2021 - 15:30

I am using Pro Tools 12.8. was wondering if there is any way to create a click track to only run and then turn off after a few measures. I am recording with my friend who is playing drums while I am on guitar. We want to play our song live all the way through and want a nice click to begin with that ends after a few measures so that we can flow through the rest of the song. I am the guitarist and the engineer so I am unable to turn off the click. Thanks

ZED10FX Hiss/Noise with USB

Submitted by MC208 on Tue, 04/06/2021 - 11:30

I have a ZED10FX mixer that I use for Zoom calls with a guitar, a mic and a backing track. I use the USB out from the ZED to the computer, and choose that USB input as the "microphone" in Zoom. The problem I've been having is that (only) when the ZED gets connected from the USB to a computer, there's a high pitch noise or hiss that comes out through the mains, the aux and the headphone out of the mixer.