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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:31 am 
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Whats a good recording studio software package besides the $600.00 one that Guitar center sells?

This is my first adventure into the world of recording.

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pro-Tools-Stude ... 79&sr=8-26
You would need the external soundcard as well (ex. Avid Mbox)
But that there is the industry standard.. unless im behind the times.


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If you're just want something good and easy, Garage Band, which is free with a Mac.
I use Mixcraft, which is designed to be like Garage Band, but it's for a PC. I've used both and they both work well and are fairly easy and intuitive. You need a good interface between your guitar/mic and the computer to help you deal with latency, which is the biggest hurdle when starting out.

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If you want to start very very basic, try Audacity. It's free and about as straight-forward as it gets.

Download here :arrow: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/

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I am looking for something really straightforward. I don't think I need pre-recorded backing tracks or loops, except maybe drum tracks.

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If you want it easy and straightforward - why not just buy a stand-alone multitrack unit ?
Boss/Zoom/Tascam/Fostex-sort of ? Most of them come bundled with software as well - and you probably also can use it as a sound card . Do some surfin ' :wink:

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My needs are pretty simple, so I use Audacity, Linux MultiMedia Station, and the Hydrogen drum machine, with the amp mic'd into my soundcard.

For Windows based, as per the link posted above, Audacity is available, and free. Also for Windows, there is the Hammerhead Rhythm Station,also free, which can create drum tracks.

If you are just getting started, there are quite a few free or low cost options that will at least get you learning. I just picked up a book on mixing, so I can start getting into better sound production myself.


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Audacity is very good for learning the basics, as mentioned.

I'd also recommend Mixcraft 6 - you get a 21 day free trial.
http://www.studica.com/us/en/Acoustica/ ... 4AodNC8AOQ

The big difference is that Mixcraft comes with some very nice plug-ins
and samples/loops.

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Better price and description here: :wink:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Mixcraft+6+ ... OgodlSQAUw

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oneal lane wrote:
I am looking for something really straightforward. I don't think I need pre-recorded backing tracks or loops, except maybe drum tracks.

You can keep it simple, or you can do all of the above in Audacity. I've downloaded backing tracks from Fender FUSE, looped them, and then recorded a solo over the loop. The results are pretty good :arrow: http://www.youtube.com/user/b7567

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oneal lane wrote:
I am looking for something really straightforward. I don't think I need pre-recorded backing tracks or loops, except maybe drum tracks.

I bought the Zoom R16 awhile ago and it came with Cubase which is really cool. The R16 has a lot of good stuff built right in, so you can get a lot done with just the machine itself. The package was around $400, and there's a forum out there that's helpful if you want some quick instruction or have any complicated questions... I'm havin' a blast with it.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audi ... controller

http://zoomforum.us/viewforum.php?f=17

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