Starting From Scratch

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Darkstar, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. Darkstar

    Darkstar Active Member

    Apr 26, 2014
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    Hey everybody. My name is Adam and I am a new member here. The reason that I am here is I am here is to obtain information about creating a very simple, effective and inexpensive home set up that I can use to record improvs and jams in my home so that I can build a reference library of riffs that I can use to help in writing projects. I have a drum machine running into the aux input of my BOSS ME-20 effects system. I am lining out from my effects system to my laptop using 2 (left and right channels) USB to 1/4 inch jack which I obtained from the Rocksmith game for playstation 3. I would like some advice about mutli-tracking recording software. I am not trying to build anything ground breaking. I only want to be able to record what is coming through my effects system (guitar with effects and drum machine that is running through effects system aux channel) If I could record this in stereo by using 2 inputs (left and right) simultaneously per track that would make me very happy. Once I have recorded the "bed track" consisting of drum machine and guitar I would like to be able to go multi-track and start adding solos, harmonies and whatnot. Any advice about software, equipment, techniques or tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated. Again, I do not want to go to elaborate. The mission is to create something that is easily accessable. Plug n' Play so to speak. The ideal situation would find me with the ability to make stereo recordings of free jams I make while playing over drum loop. The sound quality is decent and I have spent very little to nothing on doing so.

    I thank you all in advance for your time and input, it is greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing back from everone soon but until then, I hope everyone is well and having a great time out there.

  2. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Akron/Cleveland, OH
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    From what you described, it sounds like a basic DAW platform like Reaper might suit you. You will need an audio I/O however, to get your audio into the computer and the DAW program.

    Most of the USB connected audio I/O's are pretty much plug and play by this time.

    What type of computer do you have? Mac, PC... and, Which OS?.... also, what type of processor and how much RAM is currently in your system?

    These are important things to find out before you proceed further.

    The more info you can provide, the more we can assist.

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