I am an amateur. How do I record?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by mjatas, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. mjatas

    mjatas Guest

    I am an amateur. I need to know exactly how I record from my mixer to my PC sound card. I tried everything, but I think my sound card is deffective and I need a new one.

    I have my JVC MX-G70 amp/CD player hooked up to my Stanton SK Six mixer phono masters. Then I have my dual cd player (Denon DN-D4000) hooked to my 2 channel on my mixer. Everything is correct to this point (I believe). Then from this point I get stuck. What I really want to do is this. I want to be able to record from mixer to my PC sound card, but also want to be able to listen to any sound from my computer sound card to my mixer and up to my amp/speakers. and also I would like to use my mic that is with my mixer to speak directly through to my sound card. How do I do this all without it getting too expensive? I already bought many cables.

    PS. My sound card I have is "Sound Blaster Live 5.1"

    Thank you!
    Please help
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  2. laurens

    laurens Guest

    Try to get a copy of Logic Cubase or an other sequenser...

    thats part one...
  3. mjatas

    mjatas Guest

    I am talking about the setup not the recording software. I use Creative Recorder software then use other programs to master and edit.
  4. mjatas

    mjatas Guest

    I really need some help on this! Please help!
  5. waytogodave

    waytogodave Guest

    Let me see if I've got this right: you've got your dual CD player running into your mixer, then your mixer running to your stereo? Do you have a Live! Drive? If so, get a Y-converter (2 female 1/4" to 1 male 1/4" assuming that all your cables are currently 1/4"). Hook up the stereo outs of your mixer to the line2 of the Live! Drive. If you don't have a live drive, get a 1/4" to 1/8" converter and plug it into the line input on your sound card. Make sure it's not running to the mic input. If you want to have a mic running to your soundcard, just plug one into your 1/8" mic port on the card, but you won't be able to record both the output from the mixer and the mic at the same time unless you use select "what you hear" as your recording input in your soundcard recording properties. "What you hear" is a pain in the ass, too. It can be usefull, but it adds some unwanted noise to the mix. I'd suggest just plugging your mic into the mixer.

    Now, for the output: I assume your stereo has an Aux in? If so, buy a 1/8" (stereo male) to dual RCA (female) converter and a stereo RCA cable. Then just use your soundcard's output and run it directly to your stereo's RCA input.
  6. mjatas

    mjatas Guest

    yes that is correct. Is there a way to hook everything up together so I can get sound going to my PC through my mixer then to my amp and visa versa ---> from my mixer to my PC and still hear sound (to my amp) and record with my PC via Creative recorder?
  7. waytogodave

    waytogodave Guest

    Make sure that the port on your computer that you have your mixer hooked up to is enabled in both the recording and playback properties. For example, if the mixer is plugged into your line-in, then go to your computer's volume control (either the default Windows volume control or Creative's volume control, which I believe is in the Audio HQ) and select line-in as your recording input and check to see that line-in is not muted in the playback control. I'd work on getting the audio playback first, test it, then move on to test the recording once the playback works.
  8. mjatas

    mjatas Guest

    I did everything you said. I have the master audio RCA cable hooked up from my mixer into my sound card input. And I try to record using my creative recorder as in line-in or what you hear, however I do not hear any sound or the monitor on creative sound record is not even showing. I think there is something wrong with my sound card, plus I would like to get better sound card. I was thinking of buying the "Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Card". It's about $120 where I live. Plus the card includes firewire which I would like to get. What you think?
  9. Cash

    Cash Guest

    NO! Don't get the Audigy 2!! If you want to make good recordings, you need a recording soundcard. The Audigy 2 isnt a recording soundcard, its good for playing back and nothing else.

    Now, what do you exactly want to do? Buy a new setup?
  10. mjatas

    mjatas Guest

    yes I guess I will buy a new sound card. I like the audigy 2 because it has all the ports I need and it also has recording. So what is wrong with it and the price is good for me? What more do I need? What sound card you reccomend for recording? I am looking at no more than $120 (Canadian dollars excluding tax) that's how much the Audigy card costs.
  11. Cash

    Cash Guest

    the Emu1212 is the best home recording sound card you could get, but its $200 US dollars. I'm not sure how much 1 Canadian dollar is.. also, you could get the Emu0404, its only $100 and should give you some great quality too.
  12. bobbo

    bobbo Active Member

    Dec 11, 2004

    Come on, You need to do your own homework on this stuff if you are serious about recording.

    buy a book or something

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