Home recording kit
Just wondered if anyone could recommend reasonably good but reasonably priced recording equipment.
Am not looking to start releasing albums, but would like something good enough that I can record myself playing and send it to my friends and family and it sound reasonably faithful!
Sounds rather like the discussion we had recently ("Which recording solution is the best?"). I'm an advocate of the low end of the available options - for my purposes (I frequently multi-track myself in the neglected chamber music repertoire) a competent USB microphone like the Blue Yeti works fine with the free Audacity software. Others will disagree!
Note that if you intend to share your videos via YouTube or Facebook Videos, the compression they use will degrade the quality of your recording fairly significantly.
This can all get really deep really fast all depending on budget and the degree to which you want to be involved in the recording process.
My process is super simple. I have the Zoom configured for max quality. I put it on a cheap portable tripod (Amazon Basics, $25). The Zoom comes with software (HandyShare), which lets me copy the recorded clips onto my Mac. Long recordings get split up into multiple files, automatically. I load all the clips into QuickTime, trim the beginning and ending of the file, and save it. Then I upload the whole thing to YouTube.
Also best to record initially in high resolution wav files, here's why.
Thanks for the comments!
Update: I'm finding Yeti + Audacity is working fine for my purpopses, so long as I keep the gain dial on the microphone fairly low. If the gain is too high then double-stops end up sounding horrendous (I guess there is some kind of clipping going on with them).