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recording on audacity

Discussion in 'Technology' started by tacomathunder, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. Feb 22, 2010 at 3:48 PM
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    tacomathunder

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    hey guys, i play electric guitar, and i would like to record my own stuff now. i have downloaded audacity, and understand how it works..now i just need to know the best way to record my electric guitar into audacity...i have a crate halfstack amp and love the sound of it, but i dont know how to record it and get a nice crisp sound without it being too loud....do i need to buy an external microphone for better audio, if so which kind...cuz the built in mic on my laptop doesnt cut it...thanks
     
  2. Feb 23, 2010 at 1:42 PM
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    if you're on windows i recommend using goldwave instead... i've used audacity on the mac and i wasn't a fan of the user interface
     
  3. Feb 23, 2010 at 2:03 PM
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    whats goldwave? is it free or do i have to buy it
     
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    if you're on a mac, I recommend using Mixbus. It's only $80 and sounds really good for a DAW.

    As far as getting a good sound, you can experiment with direct feeds or preamp outs into your computer, or go the microphone route. Picking a mic that you think sounds good with your setup can be a challenge. To start out with, a Shure SM57 is pretty hard to beat for an all around mic that's hard to f#$k up.
     
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