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« on: Jan 09, 2017, 06:24PM »

I've only ever recorded myself using a phone and needless to say the audio quality is less than ideal. What do you guys use to record yourselves? I want to hear how I actually sound from In front of the bell
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 09, 2017, 07:27PM »

I would refer you to a current topic that I started and which also deals with the matter of recording oneself. In my case it was using Band-in-a-Box backing tracks but the information provided also suits general recording situations:


I would also refer you to the following websites and videos that I located in my search for information:

Recording Brass Instruments - http://www.summersong.net/recording/brassinstruments/

Recording and Production DAW Software  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA42vuL5s9w

Audio Minds. Your Source For Digital Audio Recording Help - http://www.audiominds.com/

Audacity. A free multi-track audio editor and recorder - https://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/

The 9 Home Recording Studio Essentials for Beginners - http://ehomerecordingstudio.com/home-recording-studio-essentials/

Audio Recording 101 for Home Studio Musicians - http://ehomerecordingstudio.com/home-recording-101/

A Beginner’s Introduction to Home Recording - https://music.tutsplus.com/articles/a-beginners-introduction-to-home-recording--audio-2461

Best of luck with the process. I am still struggling with my hardware but the information provided by forum members of TTF is helping me no end. Good!


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« Reply #2 on: Jan 09, 2017, 09:55PM »

Graham provided an excellent resource for you if you're serious about learning the basics of home recording.

My personal set-up is generally a PreSonus 1818VSL, M-Audio ProFire2626 into Logic Pro X, with an array of mics. For recording trombone, I generally use a ribbon mic, and lately have been using the Samson VR88, and the Superlux R102.

That said, because I often don't want to spend time setting up if I'm not doing something for mass consumption, I usually just plug up my Zoom H6 with the XY capsule and go.

At this point, I'm sure this is all gibberish to you.

The short answer is to get a standalone digital recorder and start recording yourself. I would suggest the Zoom H1 or H2 to start if you just want to record yourself, get a good sound, and use the equipment for personal evaluation or basic on-location recording. In time, if you have the inclination, you'll learn more about recording and your needs will change.

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« Reply #3 on: Jan 10, 2017, 07:39AM »

I use audacity software on a PC and a presonus interface with 2 channels.  Recording in stereo gives much better results, and for quick day to day recordings I use a dynamic stereo mike.  Without the audio interface it is much harder to rig up a stereo recording.  The audio from a webcam is usually not satisfactory due to the audio level control and the low dynamic range which causes clipping and distortion.  I don't put the mike directly in front of the bell and try to record in a room with some natural reverb.  Pay attention to your speakers too, since the playback is just as important as the recording; I am using 2 different speakers one a large 9" passive (not amped) studio monitor for left channel, and the other a 5" powered monitor (right).  Good luck

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« Reply #4 on: Jan 10, 2017, 07:52AM »

I use a Samson Q1U and Audacity. That alone will be a dramatic upgrade from recording with a phone.

You can hear several examples of my recordings at the link in my signature.

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« Reply #5 on: Jan 10, 2017, 07:53AM »

+1 for Zoom, though I still use H4. It is a very good solution for a quick set up. Otherwise a laptop with a quality microphone (mine is Shure SM137) and a preamp. I tried once with a fairly desktop microphone, but that was no good, too much high frequencies, and not enough lower ones.

Monitors are still an issue for me meaning, that I have not decided yet weather earphones monitors, or else.
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 10, 2017, 08:27AM »

It depends on your goals.

For production purposes you need good equipment.

For improving your playing, you need equipment that is convenient and easy to use, and of sufficient but not audiophile quality. 

I use an H2 as an exterior USB microphone into a laptop running Audacity.  That lets me play 4 bars and immediately hear 4 bars.  Of course the laptop feeds a stereo with good speakers.

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