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    Alright you musicians...

    So ... there was this funny little thing that happened to me last Saturday. Somehow I ended up north of Reno and learned real fast I dunno how to count. But I'm being told by the host of that little shindig that I am required to come up again sometime and we'll work on that counting business...

    In order to prepare myself, I think it'd be good if I could record some tracks, because I figure nothing teaches you chord changes better than changing chords, right? :P

    Here's my question for those of you that do this ... how do you record on your computers?

    I have a nice mixing board that I can mic into my laptop and record everything as if it were a monitor. Now, with what software does one do this? Oh, on Windows, by the way! I've tried a little bit with the built in sound recorder - which has improved greatly since the 3.11 and '95 days, but still sorely lacks. Someone once mentioned Audacity to me ... but i dunno what's good, what to look for, etc. I'm sure I'll probably want to mix tracks, play along with myself, do some basic editing, etc. And share with folks (some day, when I'm not shy) from time to time.

    Brent, what do you use? Would it matter if I used something different? Should we use the same stuff?

    Oh - did I mention that I'm uber cheap? Like ... cheap cheap. I'm cheap about being cheap kinda cheap.

    Thanks in advance
    Jason Beam
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    I've been down a few different roads in my limited time playing wannabe, started with audacity which worked fine and being free helped me get over
    any short-comings. Then I moved on to more semi-professional {to me anyways lol} & spent mucho more than my limited skills required. Have to admit
    though I thoroughly enjoyed every bell & whistle it entailed. Now due to financial 'short-comings' I'm down to playing direct into the pc and using Adobe
    Audition as my DAW{digital audio workstation} suites me fine for what I want/need to slap out a recording or doing some editing, which btw seems to far
    out-weigh the 'live' stuff . Just my 2 cents worth, sorry no refunds.

    I do have a program called band in a box and would luv to do some on-line jamming with anyone interested. The program allows one to lay-out chord progressions,
    complete with intros/outro's verses choruses etc. Can use midi &/or what they call real tracks as accompaniments as in drums, sax, slide, bass etc etc sounds good
    enough to fool those with the same ear for music as me . Can export the track{s} as wav files or mp3 to send back & forth allowing one or the whole gang of us to
    collaborate a tune or two. One would import the track{s} into Audacity or whatever DAW one uses and add their own contribution{s}, as an added incentive, I could
    promise not to add any vocal track ...anyways just throwing the offer out there...que sera sera

    FWIW, I dabble in Bass & rhythm guitar, & I can play lead...lead the fans right out of the venue that is!

    here's a few photo's of past 'ahem, studio's} and a clip of my jammin with a band in a box backing track I created...

    video >>> http://imageshack.us/clip/my-videos/17/21157092.mp4/

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    I use Cakewalk, It's probably not that cheap.

    But it really doesn't matter, because all we would be trading back and forth would be audio tracks.

    Audacity works, and it's CHEAP!

    I'll throw together a basic 12 bar blues song and work with them in audacity to put together a multi track project and send to you. It shouldn't be that hard.

    You should then be able to use your interface to record into a track.

    I might have to wait till the weekend to do it, but It would be a great first test!

    BTW, PM me your address so I can send your Sunglasses to you. You might need them on the drive back over the hill!

    But seriously, we can work up several songs like this, then have you come back over and work on some live'ish versions.

    I can't tell you how much I would like that!
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    Ken, I've heard your stuff. You are definitely part of the on-line FWW Band.

    We'll work some stuff up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Ken, I've heard your stuff. You are definitely part of the on-line FWW Band.

    We'll work some stuff up.
    Cool beans & thanks
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    Goes without say, if you ever get to Reno, you know, Stop by the Studio!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Goes without say, if you ever get to Reno, you know, Stop by the Studio!
    That statement is bookmarked ...would luv to have just been there, I missed out on Larry's shindig also, man I need to get my act together!
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    Sweet - thanks for the guidance, Ken! I love the idea of an online colab ... seems we got LOTS of guitar players :P

    Brent - i'll spare ya the postage and pick 'em up next time I'm up that way (or next time you get near here, maybe?) -- unless your storage fees get too high, then i'll have ya mail 'em :P

    I just downloaded audacity and will give it a go ... i need to get my gear set back up - after ripping apart my office for the window guys to install, i haven't put anything back in place ... time to change that!
    Jason Beam
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Beam View Post
    Brent - i'll spare ya the postage and pick 'em up next time I'm up that way (or next time you get near here, maybe?)
    Deal!
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    Currently I have the Tascam US-200 for my DAW. I use Reaper for my recording software ($60 personal license, free as nagware on the splash screen only), which supports multiple tracks and VST plugins. I currently only have some Wave's GTR Guitar software, but looking at getting the garage band software.

    The Tascam has little noise and delay, you do have to use headphones or monitor speakers. I use Behringer monitor speakers similar to these

    The Reaper software to me was much easier to use than audacity and is more refined IMHO, but I do use audacity from time to time for some of it's features, mostly removing vocals from music for my wife to sing to.

    BTW...The licensing is a pain on the GTR software, as it registers to a MAC address of one of your NIC interface. It did this to a virtualbox interface last time I used it and was a pain to get running again when I upgraded virtualbox and it updated the mac addresses on its interfaces. I like the software otherwise, has some great effects and amps.

    Disclaimer, I'm learning to play again (from time to time), but using it for the same purpose of giving myself something to play to.
    Last edited by Darren Wright; 06-27-2013 at 02:59 AM.
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