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    Hello good people of the forum. Today is another day of celebration for all you enthusiastic teacher types out there, for I, Comocks, am an absolute beginner to the Art of Recording, and each and every one of you has this wonderful opportunity to influence my every recording decision from the ground up. I earnestly hope you will all take full advantage of my innocence, and that you will all assist me on my path to recording joy.



    So. I take the Shure, I plug it into a 1/4 to 1/8 adapter, and I plug that into the microphone hole on my laptop. I open up Audacity, and I press 'record'.


    That is the extent of my knowledge. Who knows what I'm doing wrong?

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    First thing is read all the "I am a newbie" threads here.

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    I probably know exactly what you're doing wrong, but with a first post like that, I'm not inclined to help you. Others may feel more generous....

    Do what mjb says. Or google "How to use Audacity" and RTFM.

    I note, in passing, that you haven't specified your actual problem...

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    But I can't fiiiiind any. They all use words like "soundcard" and "phantom power". I have no idea what I'm doing here, I really need some help!

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    Well, sometimes when I record I can't hear anything or the recording is extremely faint. Then also if I try to add distortion on my amp, the mic doesn't pick it up properly at all and the sound sort of fades in and out. I not understanding what to do :|

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    Those 1/8" "mic" jacks on computers aren't meant for recording music...they're more for podcasting/Skype kinda stuff. I'm guessing you've got a XLR-1/4" mic cable then? A signal quality will increase or decrease depending on it's signal chain quality (get to that in a minute), and yours isn't too hot

    The basic setup for recording goes like this...
    Amp(or whatever)-->mic-->soundcard-->computer (recording program)

    For a soundcard, most of us here use an audio interface.
    For a program, I'd recommend Reaper. It's free...just search it and download it. Audacity isn't that great.

    Now I'll pause for questions lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guitaristic View Post
    I'd recommend Reaper. It's free...just search it and download it. Audacity isn't that great.
    Not free my good Christian friend.

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    Haha k thank you! I'm confused about what a soundcard is, and why it is important. Also my friend suggested using a portable multi track recorder instead of an interface, what do you like better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Comocks View Post
    Haha k thank you! I'm confused about what a soundcard is, and why it is important. Also my friend suggested using a portable multi track recorder instead of an interface, what do you like better?
    Are you for real or an alias bumping up the post count ? You have been advised a coupla times now to hunt around on this site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFox View Post
    Not free my good Christian friend.
    Fiiiiiiiine It's free for a test trial, but after that's up, you're supposed to pay $40 if you want to keep using it! It still works if you don't pay though (but you should, $40 is cheap compared to other DAWs)

    Normally I'm just too lazy to type all of that out!

    Quote Originally Posted by Comocks View Post
    Haha k thank you! I'm confused about what a soundcard is, and why it is important. Also my friend suggested using a portable multi track recorder instead of an interface, what do you like better?
    A soundcard converts the mic signal into a signal your computer can work with. Portables are good too, but it all really just depends on personal taste. I prefer working on my computer!

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