Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Recording software

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    60

    Default

    Has anyone used the cakewalk Sonar series recording software. #I am looking for a windows based recording package. #A couple of questions for those that have.
    1. How is the acoustic audio input to the hard drive?
    2. How would you rate the sound quality?

    Any feedback would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Mike

  2. #2
    once upon a time, drmole Joel Spaulding's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    not too far from Rosine; formerly and always a Yankee Highlander from Vermont
    Posts
    476

    Default

    The acoustic sound quality will depend upon what interface you use. Any 24/96 interface shoud give "professional quality" sound, assuming you use it optimally.

    The sound quality (IMO) is on par with the other major platforms.

    You should be able to get a free trial download HERE

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Posts
    397

    Default

    I recently switched to Adobe Audition 3. It was recommended to me by someone who teaches Pro Tools at a major university. It comes with everything, no need to buy extra plug-ins. I found it very easy to use. If you can take advantage of the educational discount the price is very attractive.

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    60

    Default

    Thanks for the replies. Since I am new to software recording, can you explain how the plug ins work. I play acoustic mandolin, bass, guitar and fiddle. I also play electric instruments. A detailed explaination of the recording process would be appreciated.

    Thanks

  5. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Berkley, MI
    Posts
    1,955

    Default

    Do you mean software pluggins or how do you physically connect the mic's signal to the PC?

  6. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    60

    Default

    How you physically connect the mics.

  7. #7
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Posts
    397

    Default

    Plug-ins are extra software features that you buy separately, either from the manufacturer or from third party companies. There are companies out there that only sell plug-ins for reverb effects, etc. Some companies sell less expensive stripped down versions of their software that may be adequate for basic users. Also consider that when you purchase a good input box, it will come with one of those basic programs that might be all you need.

  8. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    353

    Default

    Hi,

    I've used Sonar and I can't really recommend it. It is a computer resource hog, and has a HUGE learning curve. If you are just getting started in PC Windows based recording, I would recommend Cockos Reaper. It was recommended to me by someone here (Petimar maybe?). It is FREE to try out and something like $50 for a non commercial license. Google it and download it.

    In my setup I plug my microphones into an Edirol FA-101, which turns the analog mic signals into digital, which gets in to my computer via firewire. Other manufacturers make preamp boxes that output through USB. I chose this method because it takes some of the processing load off of the PC by doing the Digital/analog converting in a hardware chip in the Edirol box. If you buy a decent sound card, it will do the digital/analog conversion, but it will increase the latency because the PC is working harder.

    Summary:

    Microphone-> mic preamp->Edirol Fa-101->firewire cable->PC running Reaper

    This gets me 8 simultaneous inputs during live recording. This also gets me editing, overdubbing, plug-in effects, timecode stuff (if you need it). I also have an audiophile 24/96 sound card in the PC, so I can listen through speakers when I mix down. I could go directly from the mics to the audiophile card and let it do the analog/digital conversion, but the Edirol works really well.

    If you are just getting started, I would build the cheapest solution you can, and then buy the best microphones you can afford. You can always upgrade PC components later, and in small increments.

    mikeomando
    Forget with the cowbell, already...

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    353

    Default

    Oh yeah, Sonar is pretty expensive, too.
    Forget with the cowbell, already...

  10. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Berkley, MI
    Posts
    1,955

    Default

    OK, the mics signal has to converted to a digital signal using a converter.

    Unless you have a collection of (or even one) good mics and would like to spend as little money and learning curve time as possible I'd suggest starting off with one of the Zoom recorders. Their mics are supprisingly good and they have a built in analog to digital converter. I use the H4 in two ways, one for home and the other for field recordings.

    1.) At home I use the builtin mics and converter to record directly into my PC with the software provided with the unit. All multi-track functions are handled within the PC.
    2.) In the field I use it to record in stereo, then dump the two tracks into the PC for eq and effects, if needed.

    If you already own a PC that's good enough to record into, you can buy the H2 for about $200 and the H4 for about $300. (I think those prices are close)Use either of these to record individual tracks into the computer, then do the mixing, eq, effects and whatever and output it to MP3 files. Quick and easy. Not too much between you and the music.

    Good luck.

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    60

    Default

    I appreciate everyone's help. Still doing research but will be up and running soon.

    Thanks again,

    Mike

  12. #12
    Usedtobeawannabee opie wan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    San Angelo, Texas
    Posts
    119

    Default

    Don't rule out pro tools. There are different levels. The low end pro tools plugs right into the pro level software. It's the good stuff... At least price it out.

  13. #13
    once upon a time, drmole Joel Spaulding's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    not too far from Rosine; formerly and always a Yankee Highlander from Vermont
    Posts
    476

    Default

    Monroerules -

    One option that might work with minimal investment is KRISTAL.

    It is a free multitrack software package with a few effects and can actually be used with your existing soundcard and an 1/8" plug/cord running from your mixer, pickup etc. An external #USB, firewire or PCI interface will also work and will probably provide much better sound quality than most standard sound cards. But, for the cost of a 1/8" adapter you can probably be recording in a few minutes.

    The Kristal forum has a bunch of very dedicated users who are very helpful and welcoming.




  14. #14
    Registered User Pete Martin's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    2,992

    Default

    One more positive plug for Reaper. I've abandoned Pro Tools, Sonar and Cubase for it.
    -----------
    Pete Martin
    www.PetimarPress.com www.Jazz-Mandolin.com
    Instruction books, videos: Bluegrass, Jazz, improvisation, ergonomics
    Private lessons in Seattle and Issaquah WA, Skype lessons to anywhere
    Pete Martin Plays Wes Montgomery free download
    http://www.jazz-mandolin.com/PetePlaysWes.xht

Similar Threads

  1. Mac computer recording software
    By Barry Platnick in forum General Mandolin Discussions
    Replies: 19
    Last: May-13-2008, 4:45pm
  2. Recording software
    By firstchair in forum General Mandolin Discussions
    Replies: 1
    Last: Jan-21-2008, 4:40pm
  3. Recording software
    By pete*mando in forum Song and Tune Projects
    Replies: 3
    Last: Oct-13-2006, 10:02am
  4. Recording software
    By jaizbones in forum Equipment
    Replies: 5
    Last: Nov-19-2004, 2:54pm
  5. recording software
    By stanley in forum Song and Tune Projects
    Replies: 56
    Last: Apr-08-2004, 3:15am

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •