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greg_usa
04-01-2010, 10:21 AM
I've been messing with musical instruments since I was a kid but never really got too deep into recording or editing or anything... i have a new macbook and i'd love to start using it for recording and maybe mixing. what are some of the simpler ways people have been recording on here and making those awesome videos? Aside from the photobooth on the mac of course - I've been able to figure that one out - but that's about it. lol.

I do have some equipment that I haven't used in a couple of years.. I have a couple of condensor mics, a a pre-amp to power them, and a Boss 16 track digital recorder. I'm thinking that use software of the laptop instead of using the digital recorder. the macbook came with garageband as well as iMovie.. anyone use those tools?

i know this is a broad question but I figured I would just see what people have to say. And I'm sure this has been discussed - so my apologies if it's repeatative.

Anyway - Gracias!

greg_usa
04-01-2010, 10:24 AM
I'm thinking that use software of the laptop instead of using the digital recorder.

lol - and excuse the grammar. not sure what happened there but i sound like Borat... that's what for trying to type to fast ;o)

paramountz
04-01-2010, 10:31 AM
I'm a big Pro Tools fan, because I can import my session at any location that has Pro Tools all the studios I engineer at use tools. I have not tracked any uke stuff I'm sure someone here has great mic choices for uke, for acoustic guitar I love the Neumann U-87.

greg_usa
04-01-2010, 10:42 AM
I'm a big Pro Tools fan, because I can import my session at any location that has Pro Tools all the studios I engineer at use tools. I have not tracked any uke stuff I'm sure someone here has great mic choices for uke, for acoustic guitar I love the Neumann U-87.

Yeah - i've heard good things about Pro Tools but I think it's way over my head! Do you think Garage Band is more user friendly for a beginner? I'm a complete novice with using these softwares. BTW- I like the 'Suicidal' signature... I just happened to be listening to the Art of Rebellion last night.. love those guys. Saw them once live in '94 - whoa - just dated myself. hahaha!

Raygf
04-01-2010, 10:53 AM
I am currently using a Flip Ultra and I was surprised at how well it does. (Borrowed it from school. Our media specialist offered it to me and I took her up on it..) I tried using a Tascam US-122 usb audio/midi interface, an AKG C 3000 B, GarageBand and iMovie. Definitely better sound, but I have found no way to sync video and audio in iMovie. I just put the audio over a winter snow video. I will be experimenting with Final Cut Express, GarageBand, the Tascam and the AKG mic next week. (Spring Break and no plans to go anywhere.) I know I can sync audio and video with Final Cut Express. Just have to figure it out.
Regards,
Ray

paramountz
04-01-2010, 10:58 AM
To be honest I have never used Garage Band I know my son uses it just to mess around. There are many softwares that are excellent the more features the bigger the learning curve most of the time. I love Suicidal I have seen them many times in 91 there was a mini riot lol....Art of rebellion is a great album good luck man.

nomis
04-01-2010, 11:13 AM
If you're using a Mac (as I am) you really can't go far wrong with Apple Logic - it will have everything you will ever need. Apogee also make an excellent soundcard with stereo preamps that can be controlled from within Logic. Logic is considered by most to be the main competitor to Protools although I personally feel it has a bigger feature set - also it doesn't require dedicated (very expensive) hardware.

Logic:
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB795Z/A?n=professional_software&fnode=MTY1NDAzOA&mco=MTA4MjgxMDM&s=topSellers

Logic Express:
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB788Z/A?n=creative&fnode=MTY1NDAzOA&mco=MTA4NDU2Mjc&s=topSellers

Logic Forum:
http://discussions.apple.com/forum.jspa?forumID=1201

Apogee Duet:
http://discussions.apple.com/forum.jspa?forumID=1201

Apogee One:
http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/one.php

You know, having thought about it a bit, Unless you're handling 64 tracks of automated MIDI you'll probably find Logic express is adequate although I don't think in has a convolution reverb. Failing that, I heard some pretty amazing stuff done with Garageband (which shares the same architecture as Logic Pro/Express) and that came free with your Mac:)

Ukulele JJ
04-01-2010, 12:30 PM
Cheapest (as in free) way to shoot a live performance video:

Fire up iMovie. Use the built-in webcam and built-in mic. You'll get some noise from the fan, but it'll do the job. My first few videos were done this way.


Cheapest (as in free) way to do a multi-tracked/punched/tweaked recording:

Fire up GarageBand. Not as full-featured as Logic or ProTools, of course. But it's free with your Mac, and that's tough to beat! It's pretty easy to learn the basics.

The drawback is that, if you want to have a video of you playing all these parts, it's very tough to edit all the clips together in iMovie and have it stay synced to the audio. (A basic video can be done by lip-syncing along in a single take to the multi-tracked recording you did earlier.)


Ways to greatly upgrade both of the above for a bit of extra money:

Use an external mic and/or use an external video camera instead of the built-in ones. I use a mic that has a built-in USB interface to my Mac. But since you've already got some good mics (and a pre), you could get away with just buying a standalone interface. Something like this (http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/FastTrack.html) might do the job, for example.

Is the Boss recorder you have the BR-1600CD? I think you can hook it up to the Mac via USB (it mounts like and external hard drive). You won't be able to record directly into GarageBand through it, but you could record into the Boss and then transfer the track(s) into GarageBand for editing and such. A bit of a pain, but it would save you from having to get a USB interface.

JJ

ceviche
04-03-2010, 12:11 PM
What about PC users? I'm looking to find an easy way to start recording both audio and video. I do have a Logitech web cam that has a built-in mic, but I have mixed feelings about the sound quality. Any suggestions? BTW, I do have access to some good audio mics.

--Dave E.

AnnaUK
04-03-2010, 01:03 PM
What about PC users? I'm looking to find an easy way to start recording both audio and video. I do have a Logitech web cam that has a built-in mic, but I have mixed feelings about the sound quality. Any suggestions? BTW, I do have access to some good audio mics.

--Dave E.

I have found a way to make it work, but I'm sure others have found much better ways to record.

I use a Snowball mic recording into Audacity. (There are other more sophisticated audio recorders about, but I've got used to this one now, and it does everything I need.) If I'm making a video, I use Sony Vegas. It's relatively cheap. (I did find one freeware video mixer, but I found it a nightmare, as it wasn't user-friendly at all.) My webcam is pretty rubbish so I record video on my normal everyday camera then sync everything up afterwards in Vegas. A long way of doing it, but it means I don't have to buy any more equipment.

One good thing about both Audacity and Vegas is that they are common enough that kind people have written guides and/or made video tutorials to help new users. There are some on YouTube. I've found them invaluable.

Good luck with your recording. I hope that has helped and hasn't just confused you even more :)

scottie
04-03-2010, 06:00 PM
seems like you need an interface that will work with a laptop. If you have mics and a preamp you will be good to go.

I have a pair of large diaphragm condensers, Studio Projects C1's, also an AKG C1000s. I think that a big part of getting a good sound from a uke or guitar is recording it in stereo because when you use decent mics you record what's coming off the entire instrument, which is what you hear if you sit and listen to someone playing. I have some GIK bass traps and absorber panels in my space which I move around depending upon what I'm recording. Room treatment is necessary for getting a good sound and getting a good sound is what it's all about. Those with the budget should consider setting aside $500.00 for treatment.

Nothin' else fancy at present, just a Presonus firebox with Cubase LE4 into an iMac running OSX 10.4.8. I have a pair of small Yamaha powered monitors. I think GarageBand is great, easy to use no brainer option for the Mac.

Skrik
04-04-2010, 02:12 AM
I began by using my mobile phone to record several tracks (with a metronome in my ear). I superimposed them, synched them in Audacity, and added a title frame in Windows Movie Maker:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA4f6CTq-08

When I got hold of a laptop with an inbuilt webcam and mic, I recorded straight into Windows Movie Maker, then cut off the front and the end of the track:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hhhlKCBB-Y

Upon receipt of my video camera, I began using Sony Vegas to edit the video.
Here with the inbuilt microphone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W8ymHYbVjQ

Here with a dynamic microphone plugged in:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lza5gdVbY8E

I will be buying a condensor mic this month. Then I will record into Audacity whilst simultaneously recording onto the camera, and synch in Vegas. I will also have a go at multi-track recording with multi-track video.

SweetWaterBlue
04-04-2010, 02:22 AM
I used to use Windows Movie Maker with my Logitech 9000 webcam as the video source, and my son's Zoom H4 selected as the microphone. I also use Audacity to make audio only recordings. I finally had to give the H4 back, so now I just use the webcam's built in microphone. I have to turn the recording volume in MovieMaker or Audacity down very low to keep it from popping. The Zoom did a great job, but once I upload the songs to YouTube, I can't tell much difference. I'm not sure what YT does to the videos, but whatever it is it can make good mics sound mediocre.

My next ukulele may be a Zoom H2 :)

velvetsiren
04-04-2010, 02:16 PM
i use logic studio, and final cut studio

ceviche
04-04-2010, 04:57 PM
AnnaUK,

How sophisticated is Audacity? I'm curious about effects and number of tracks that can be laid down.

Also, I visited Sony's Vegas page and saw a couple of versions of the software. I saw prices from $39.95 to $599.95. Which one did you go with? Nice multiple split-screen stuff on your You Tube site.

BTW, I did notice some sites saying they had "free" versions of Vegas. Know anything about that? The radioactive symbol on one of those sites made me kind of suspicious. Invitation to virus attack? Eek!

--Dave E.

ceviche
04-04-2010, 07:57 PM
I began by using my mobile phone to record several tracks (with a metronome in my ear). I superimposed them, synched them in Audacity, and added a title frame in Windows Movie Maker:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA4f6CTq-08

When I got hold of a laptop with an inbuilt webcam and mic, I recorded straight into Windows Movie Maker, then cut off the front and the end of the track:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hhhlKCBB-Y

Upon receipt of my video camera, I began using Sony Vegas to edit the video.
Here with the inbuilt microphone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W8ymHYbVjQ

Here with a dynamic microphone plugged in:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lza5gdVbY8E

I will be buying a condensor mic this month. Then I will record into Audacity whilst simultaneously recording onto the camera, and synch in Vegas. I will also have a go at multi-track recording with multi-track video.

So how did you input the mic into your computer? Also, have you tried running two mics into a mixing board and then into your computer? I think that would improve the balance between vocals and instrument--ie. you need to bring your vocals up a little bit more into the same level of clarity as your uke.

BTW, great performances!

--Dave E.

ceviche
04-04-2010, 08:02 PM
i use logic studio, and final cut studio

So what do these two programs offer you? What are their virtues?

--Dave E.

velvetsiren
04-04-2010, 11:53 PM
http://www.apple.com/logicstudio/

http://www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/finalcutpro/

Brandon7s
04-05-2010, 12:05 AM
I love Ableton Live, as far as software. It's the easiest thing I've found for just jumping right in out of the blue and recording something. By far the nicest UI of any DAW that I've used, too. My setup goes like this: Shure MS81 SDC -> Rane MS1b Preamp -> E-MU1820 Audio Interface -> Ableton Live.

Skrik
04-05-2010, 01:58 AM
So how did you input the mic into your computer?

It goes into the camera. I have a Kodak Zi8, which I bought because it has a microphone input.


Also, have you tried running two mics into a mixing board and then into your computer? I think that would improve the balance between vocals and instrument--ie. you need to bring your vocals up a little bit more into the same level of clarity as your uke.

I agree. I'm still finding my feet with all this technology, though. When I get a condensor mic, I will have the two microphones needed (or I will when I can borrow my daughter's dynamic mic). Mixers scare me a little, and in any case, it will take me some time to save up for one.


BTW, great performances! Thanks!

iDavid
04-05-2010, 04:01 AM
I've been recording with Mac's and PC's for as long as it has been possible. I recently went back to Mac and booted up Garage Band to kind of make fun of it... Nothing funny about it. I is a great program that is solid and WAY easy to use. It is surprisingly powerful and if you need more power you can move up t Logic or Logic express and all your songs will import into them for more editing. I have an Apogee One and it sounds great. I have not record so much, been spending my time learning the way around the uke. The recording I did, took no time to get a good sound.

anyway, I like Garage band

nomis
04-05-2010, 04:47 AM
I agree with iDavid (as previously stated) the sound out of the apogee mic preamps is stunning. You'll find Apogee in a lot of pro studios but the One and the Duet are very affordable. IMHO If you're looking for a setup that produces professional quality results (and is expandable) I'd stick with the Mac and Logic (which only works with Mac). I'd stay away from PC (Windows computers) and the cheaper software. However, your real expense is likely to be your monitor speakers - They are the one thing that you can't go budget on.

I use these:

http://www.dv247.com/studio-equipment/jbl-lsr4326p-intelligent-studio-monitor-studio-pack--38776

which I'm really happy with and I'm really glad I didn't buy cheaper ones - although i went through plenty of cheap ones in order to learn that lesson lol.

WARNING
If you think buying ukes can eat into your earning, then you haven't go into recording yet lol. I'm scared even add up how much I've spent over the years. I guess in the end you have to decide how far you want to go.

14twelve
04-05-2010, 04:55 AM
I do have some equipment that I haven't used in a couple of years.. I have a couple of condensor mics, a a pre-amp to power them, and a Boss 16 track digital recorder. I'm thinking that use software of the laptop instead of using the digital recorder. the macbook came with garageband as well as iMovie.. anyone use those tools?

Hi Greg, I use iMovie for all my videos - sometimes with the built in webcam, or if it's a bit dark, I use my digital camera. The program is great for simple editing. For the audio I use Audacity, which is a free download. I'm guessing GarageBand would be just as good, but I haven't got around to figuring it out yet. Audacity is very simple, but does everything I need. I hope this helps!

For the more complex video editing, I know a few people (such as Sebi - thesebinextdoor on YouTube) use Final Cut Express. It's a great program if you want to do multi-tracking.

ceviche
04-05-2010, 10:36 AM
I love Ableton Live, as far as software. It's the easiest thing I've found for just jumping right in out of the blue and recording something. By far the nicest UI of any DAW that I've used, too. My setup goes like this: Shure MS81 SDC -> Rane MS1b Preamp -> E-MU1820 Audio Interface -> Ableton Live.

Are you using the Ableton Live Intro or the Live8? I visited their website and came away impressed. Ableton seems like an intuitive UI. Intro price ($99) seemed within reach, but the Live8 ($449) is a bit up there (especially after I dropped coin for my Kamaka). I also like the simplicity of your hardware line up: Mic to preamp to Emu hardware/computer interface to the Ableton mixing software.

I have this Eurorack UB802 4-channel mixing board that I was thinking I could use as a sort of pre-amp. It has phantom power for the types of mics that need that. Should that work fine going into an Emu?

--Dave E.

AnnaUK
04-05-2010, 11:05 AM
How sophisticated is Audacity? I'm curious about effects and number of tracks that can be laid down.

Also, I visited Sony's Vegas page and saw a couple of versions of the software. I saw prices from $39.95 to $599.95. Which one did you go with? Nice multiple split-screen stuff on your You Tube site.

BTW, I did notice some sites saying they had "free" versions of Vegas. Know anything about that? The radioactive symbol on one of those sites made me kind of suspicious. Invitation to virus attack? Eek!

Hello Dave

Audacity is all I need. It comes with many built-in effects and I downloaded some extras, for example G-Verb (as a plug-in) as I couldn't find a decent reverb in the options menus. I've never thought to find out how many tracks it can take. Loads I expect. I've never run out of tracks.

I am using Sony Vegas 9.0. I can't remember exactly what it cost - about 30 here in the UK. I don't think you can get it free, they're probably referring to a free 30-day trial you can download to see if you like it. That's what I did and once I got the hang of it and found I liked it, I bought the proper version. The cheaper one I use is limited to FOUR video tracks, which is worth remembering because that includes text overlays etc. The more expensive versions have more video tracks available.

I hope that's helpful, just shout if you need any other advice on these :)

ceviche
04-05-2010, 11:23 AM
Hello Dave

Audacity is all I need. It comes with many built-in effects and I downloaded some extras, for example G-Verb (as a plug-in) as I couldn't find a decent reverb in the options menus. I've never thought to find out how many tracks it can take. Loads I expect. I've never run out of tracks.

I am using Sony Vegas 9.0. I can't remember exactly what it cost - about 30 here in the UK. I don't think you can get it free, they're probably referring to a free 30-day trial you can download to see if you like it. That's what I did and once I got the hang of it and found I liked it, I bought the proper version. The cheaper one I use is limited to FOUR video tracks, which is worth remembering because that includes text overlays etc. The more expensive versions have more video tracks available.

I hope that's helpful, just shout if you need any other advice on these :)


Wow! You haven't hit the wall on tracks with Audacity? That's pretty damn sweet! I can't imagine myself needing over eight tracks with solo composition. I mean, I can play only so many instruments: Guitar, bass, uke, and harmonica. Oh, I forgot the egg shaker. So what's the greatest number of tracks you found yourself needing?

4 video tracks? You mean four video frames up at the same time? If that's the case, I can see myself using your set up. But isn't Sony Pro 9.0 going for $699.99? Comparison chart here: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/moviestudiohd/compare

If Audacity wasn't free, Brandon7s' Ableton Live would be the audio cat's meow for me.

--Dave E.

AnnaUK
04-05-2010, 12:12 PM
Wow! You haven't hit the wall on tracks with Audacity? That's pretty damn sweet! I can't imagine myself needing over eight tracks with solo composition. I mean, I can play only so many instruments: Guitar, bass, uke, and harmonica. Oh, I forgot the egg shaker. So what's the greatest number of tracks you found yourself needing?

4 video tracks? You mean four video frames up at the same time? If that's the case, I can see myself using your set up. But isn't Sony Pro 9.0 going for $699.99? Comparison chart here: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/moviestudiohd/compare

If Audacity wasn't free, Brandon7s' Ableton Live would be the audio cat's meow for me.

--Dave E.

Hey Dave,
I think with Audacity, I've only used 6 or 7 tracks. I can't remember. My advice would be download it and try it out. Just record some old rubbish to see how many tracks you can get. I usually only record uke, bass, and vocals. I don't need much.

I've got Sony Vegas 9, not PRO 9. That's the difference. The one I got isn't even on their website any more, cos it's a bit old and out of date. It's 9.0b apparently.

By four video tracks, I mean you only get four possible sections to put video into. So you could divide the screen into four sections and have four videos running simultaneously. I've taken a screenshot of the last video I made:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2700/4494462691_116e319b8d.jpg

What I hope you can see here (sorry it's a bit small) is that I used track one for a photo, track two for the uke video, track three for the bass video and track four for another photo. I hope that makes some kind of sense.

I would suggest you download the free trial from the official website and play about with it to see if you like it http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/moviestudiohd

Good luck, feel free to PM me if you get stuck :)

ceviche
04-05-2010, 01:15 PM
Hey AnnaK!

I recognize the screen shot. Cool! So Movie Studio HD is pretty much like your version of Sony Pro 9.0? I can dig working with that.

Thanks!
--Dave E.

Brandon7s
04-05-2010, 01:16 PM
Are you using the Ableton Live Intro or the Live8? I visited their website and came away impressed. Ableton seems like an intuitive UI. Intro price ($99) seemed within reach, but the Live8 ($449) is a bit up there (especially after I dropped coin for my Kamaka). I also like the simplicity of your hardware line up: Mic to preamp to Emu hardware/computer interface to the Ableton mixing software.
I'm using Live8. I've not tried Live Intro, but after looking at it real quick on the website, there's nothing I currently use in Live8 that isn't in Live Intro. 99$ is a pretty great deal for that software. Plus, you can always just try the demo to be sure you like it.



I have this Eurorack UB802 4-channel mixing board that I was thinking I could use as a sort of pre-amp. It has phantom power for the types of mics that need that. Should that work fine going into an Emu?

Yeah, that'll work too. I used to use a cheap Behringer mixer with phantom power, before I got my E-MU1820. I'd record through that mixer right into my soundcard.. Terrible sounding soundcard :D - the EMU1820 would work fine with that though.

euchre
04-05-2010, 03:47 PM
Surprised no one's yet mentioned Reaper recording software for PC. Created by the same guy who created winamp, it's very powerful, pretty easy to learn, has a great support forum, and can use pretty much any plug-in. It also has a small footprint and is frequently updated.

I use it with an M-Audio Delta interface, M Audio dmp3 pre, Yamaha mixer and various mics. It does an excellent job, to my ears.

For quick and easy stuff I just use my H2 and digital camera.

nomis
04-05-2010, 04:43 PM
It's worth remembering that the poster is using a Mac and that not all these DAWs will run on Mac. When you consider that the whole Mac audio architecture (eg AUs not VSTi) is different to PC it seems crazy to me not to use a dedicated Mac application like Logic. (And Final Cut for video). Audacity really isn't up to proper recording and to say that it's bundled effect are horrible would be an understatement. Reaper is a slight step up from Audacity but doesn't run very well on Mac. Ableton is a fantastic app but it's much more based around loop playing, MIDI and time-stretching than audio.

Logic Express is so cheap (about 150) It will run a lot more reliably and much more efficiently than these other apps. It has:

* 36 software instrument plug-ins, including the Ultrabeat drum synth and beatbox, ES2 synth, and EXS24 sampler.
* Over 70 professional effect plug-ins ranging from vintage and modern compressors to distortion effects and amp models, including Amp Designer and Pedalboard.

Very very good support, a brilliant forum.....just get it ;)

http://www.apple.com/logicexpress/what-is.html

http://www.apple.com/logicstudio/in-action/

greg_usa
04-06-2010, 04:43 AM
Hot Damn! - I didn't check for my post for a couple of days and now there are 30 replies! Thank you everyone! So much good info here - I'm still reading and digesting all this great feedback. The best part is that I'm getting points of view from all different contexts and skill levels which is great. Love UU!! :o)

Since I've posted I've picked up a couple of stuido monitors. So right now I'm up and running through them. My condensor mics are plugged into an 'audio buddy' pre-amp which is running to the digital recorder I have. out from there i have RCA to 1/4 adapters that run straight out to the monitors. So at least i can hear myself and record now! :o) Now the other piece - I really wanted to leverage my laptop instead of just mixing everyone via the digital recorder.

So a friend of mine has this thing that he doesn’t use anymore and he said he’s let me permanently borrow if he can find where he has it packed up. (thanks for early responses which made me understand that I needed some analog to digital hardware)
http://www.core-sound.com/audiophile_usb/1.php

So I'm thinking I can use this and run through my computer right from the BOSS recorder while i'm also outputting to the monitors. Anyway - the last step is to figure out which software to use. Sounds like Garage Band is a good start since I'm VERY novice. iMovie sounds good too although looks like peeps have been saying it's a little tricky to sync up with garageband. but I still have a lot more replies to read through and thin about.

Anyway - thanks again! This is great!

nomis
04-06-2010, 05:59 AM
I used to have that exact model of Audiophile USB (when I first started) And it served me well for a number of years, but unlike the Apogee it doeasn't have any buit-in mic preamps (the Apogee ones are just soooooo good) and unlike the Duet it connects to the Mac via USB (rather than Firewire 800 or 400) so it may create a little more latency. However, the Audiophile will be fine for inputing MIDI (eg. a keyboard), and sending sound to your "powered" monitors.

If you really think the cost of Logic/Logic Express is a bit high, PM me and I may be able to help.

ceviche
04-06-2010, 08:26 PM
Good distinction made, as follows. Perhaps my questions partially hijacked the thread. Maybe worthwhile to start a separate PC thread on the same topic?

It's worth remembering that the poster is using a Mac and that not all these DAWs will run on Mac.

Interesting opinions here, as follows:

Audacity really isn't up to proper recording and to say that it's bundled effect are horrible would be an understatement. Reaper is a slight step up from Audacity but doesn't run very well on Mac.

However, this is the meat of the argument. This is the type of info/distinctions that people need to know:

Ableton is a fantastic app but it's much more based around loop playing, MIDI and time-stretching than audio. Logic Express is so cheap (about 150) It will run a lot more reliably and much more efficiently than these other apps.

It has:

* 36 software instrument plug-ins, including the Ultrabeat drum synth and beatbox, ES2 synth, and EXS24 sampler.
* Over 70 professional effect plug-ins ranging from vintage and modern compressors to distortion effects and amp models, including Amp Designer and Pedalboard.

Very very good support, a brilliant forum.....just get it ;)

http://www.apple.com/logicexpress/what-is.html

http://www.apple.com/logicstudio/in-action/

Many thanks for clarifications, Nomis! You definitely expanded the knowledge base!

Thanks!
--Dave E.

musicmonsterw
04-20-2010, 12:40 PM
I tried a bunch of solutions. I have had recording experience in the distant past (the 90s) but found Youtube to be a very different environment. For my early experiments, I used a Kodak ZX1. The HD picture was pretty good but the microphone was crappy and weak. I had to contort into a very awkward sitting position to get a balance between sound and picture.

The next thing I tried was borrowing a friend's Canon GL1 camera. This worked not too bad actually. Instead of using tape, I recorded it directly into i-Movie. Then, did some brief editing there, trimming off the beginning and ending. The picture and sound were good in general but there was a bit of camera noise. I exported it into Garageband and experimented with tools there to get rid of the noise. Then, exported it into iTunes. From there, I uploaded to Youtube.

This is basically the experience of someone who loves music but computers not so much.

ceviche
04-20-2010, 04:20 PM
The next thing I tried was borrowing a friend's Canon GL1 camera.

That's a pretty serious camera. Isn't it a professional video camera and all? It's like a person is going to have to make a choice between buying one of these or satisfying a case of UAS.