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 Posted: Thu Feb 4th, 2010 08:53 pm
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i have a zoom H2 and i think its amazing :) have a look it might be just what you need :) x



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I was looking at the new Zoom H2a...seems to be quite a nice setup.



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i like it - its simple, shiny and not too expensive - bit like myself ;) seriously tho, i would highly recommend it, the sound quality is awesome :) x



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I use the ZOOM HD8CD to record all my stuff, then move the tracks over to the laptop for mixing.  I love the ZOOM HD8CD.

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James...I just checked out the unit...looks nice but I like 24 bit for recording as the "head room" allows for more mixing capabilities. I have a Boss BR600 and a Korg D888 which are both 16 bit. As I have gained more time using the 24 bit Logic Pro on my Mac, even with my diminished hearing, I notice a big difference in the sound. I'm being picky. It's not as if my next Grammy depends on my bit depth. I figure if I'm going to go all out and have fun, why not get the best I can afford.
I really like this place...it's so full of great folks with lots of helpful advice...thanks.
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 Posted: Fri Feb 5th, 2010 02:08 pm
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Tommy - So do you ever use Garage Band?? Reason I ask is I saw you have a mac. I'll tell you I had that mac for 3 years before I realized I could open Garage Band and record everything I wanted right there. For a while I just used the recorder that came with the mac. I did eventually buy a USB chord for my guitar but don't have a mic yet. I actually go back and forth between using the chord and not using it to just let the mac record it live. It's not pro quality but I have only used it a little and it seems pretty sweet to me. I have a song in this week's open mic although I never went back and really "cleaned it up" for a final version. BTW - Any songs you hear from me are done with that.



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I started with Garageband when I first got the Mac and then when I had the money(actually Sweet***er gave me a 3 payment payment plan for Logic Studio) I upgraded. It will take a long time to realize all the features available in Logic. I recorded Soldiers Song on my Korg with a click track and then uploaded to the computer. I then had an idea that a slow tempo first verse would build tension and then the chorus and remaining verses could be at a faster tempo. From 120 bpm to 140. In Logic I was able to pick the point of change and the program up'd the tempo with no change in pitch. Just like I imagined. That is not the one I sent to open mic though.
Garage Band is also a 16 bit program where Logic is 24 bit. And I'm being a bit picker aka nit picker.
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 Posted: Fri Feb 5th, 2010 02:34 pm
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So is that Logic Studio as easy to get up and running as Garage Band. I am a man of little cash and even littler time. If I'm lucky, I sometimes get an hour/week to play the guitar (usually less), so when I go to record I like it to be a quick painless process.



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Oh no, GarageBand does most of the hard work for you. It sets up the instruments and effects easly. No Logic goes to great lengths to provide powerful tools but at a cost both in $ and time learning. It's got a great support network forum like here. But it's going to take me a lot of time to learn all there is. I've got a head start. In 2007 I had a motorcycle accident that totaled the bike and last year I finally went out on dissability. So I have time to work on my new life.
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Thanks for the info. As I'm relatively new to all this writing songs and recording them stuff, I think the best thing for me is to stick with the Garage Band. Some day I'll have the cash to upgrade and possibly a little more time play. I'm still wanting keyboards, a bass, drums, microphone, a real acoustic and the cash to get my electric/acoustic fixed so it will work.



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First things first, but not necessarily in that order.
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Just wanted to throw in my two cents here... after 20 years of being a PC guy I recently bought a Mac (which I adore:)) and now I have a chance to compare different pieces of recording tools for both... on my PC I have ProTools 7.4, Mixcraft, old CoolEdit Pro (plus Jammer Pro - it's similar to BandInABox - and it's awesome - but I'd say for more advanced users).. and GarageBand and Logic Express for a Mac... although all of them do the job (recording, editing and mixing) and this is my personal opinion only: but between GarageBand and Mixcraft I still prefer MC. As cool as GB is, but I find Mixcraft easier to use and more intuitive. I personally prefer right-click menus (which Mac doesn't have) to key combinations that you have to memorize. A time-stretching feature (which GB does not have) alone makes a big difference. Don't get me wrong - GB is a great tool and the interface is very cool - but I find myself switching back to my Mixcraft more often than I thought I would after I got my Mac.

On a higher end you have ProTools vs Logic Express. Personally I like Logic better. As powerful as PT is I find it heavier, pickier and with a steeper learning curve than LE. All those keystrokes that you have to memorize to do basic editing turn what is supposed to be fun into a chore. After I got Mixcraft the only time I ever went back to PT was when I needed to use their Elastic Time (which is great). But now that Logic can do everything PT does I barely ever touch it again. Logic also requires some time to get used to but I like its interface better. Other than that it's a matter of preference...



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LisaVonH wrote: i have a zoom H2 and i think its amazing :) have a look it might be just what you need :) x

I took a look at the zoom H2a and it looks really nice for the "need everything now" musician/recordist. It seems like a good choice for you. Too bad it doesn't come in pink.

What if you took it out to the woods on a calm day, and recorded a song with the natural sounds of birds and stuff? That might be really cool, not to mention inspirational. Even one version with your children playing in the background like your other recording would be cool.



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 Posted: Sat Apr 10th, 2010 06:26 pm
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C2 wrote: LisaVonH wrote: i have a zoom H2 and i think its amazing :) have a look it might be just what you need :) x

I took a look at the zoom H2a and it looks really nice for the "need everything now" musician/recordist. It seems like a good choice for you. Too bad it doesn't come in pink.

What if you took it out to the woods on a calm day, and recorded a song with the natural sounds of birds and stuff? That might be really cool, not to mention inspirational. Even one version with your children playing in the background like your other recording would be cool.
awwww, i missed this :) will try for ya mate - soon :) xxx



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:dude:I just got one last week. It just seems to cool and priced right to pass. I'll let you know how it sounds recording outdoors and in. I'm busy packing my travel trailer and storage garage now but plan to be on the road and recording by early next month.



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:) trust me, you'll be AMAZED :) only done indoor, but ADORE it :) x

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I used to have the Zoom H4, but I upgraded to the H4n when it came out! ;) I love being able to multitrack anywhere, anytime -- without being tethered to my computer. The world is my studio.

I also use GarageBand (when I feel like being tethered).



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Hey Guys;
Mike was telling the absolute truth about Mixcraft, but he was on version 3, I believe.  Version 4 of this program added a significant improvement.  MIDI capabilities!!  Also included is a sound library of amazingly realistic sounds and instruments.  So along with the loops that have been there since Mike told you about this program, you have everything you could possibly ever need to make your own original music RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX!!  And as of February 2010, version 5 has even more features, including the ability to lay tracks with your PC keyboard (although a music keyboard is still the best choice).  More instruments like the vintage Fender Rhodes electric piano and a great emulation of the classic Prophet 5 synthesizer. It also features a mixer interface and the ability to synchronize video with music, if you want.  Forget making music!  It's fun to just play around with all the different sounds in the program!  And as always, you can record with the program as well, mixing live audio tracks with the virtual MIDI instruments in the same project.  And if you need tech support, Acoustica has some of the best.  A forum features three friendly and helpful guys who never fail to answer your concerns and always in a timely manner.  For the price (still around $70.00) it's the best music deal of it's kind!!

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 I downloaded the trial version of Mixcraft 5 and like what I see so far.  However, when I imported some wav files that should have line up, they didn't.  I can't for the life of me figure out how to align tracks on it.  Furthermore, if it's going to be difficult at all, I will think twice before buying the software.  When I put the same files into Audacity, which is free, they are aligned as they should be... plus, if I do have to align tracks on Audacity it's very easy to do, and to figure out how!  Hopefully someone will give me a simple answer and I'll feel like an idiot for not seeing it.



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Dennis;

You have to click & drag them into the track.  Make sure you drag them all the way over to the left as far as you can. Also, make sure you're at the beginning of the song by pushing the "Rewind" << button before you drag the wav into the track.

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