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).
I second Lydia (and others) 's endorsement of Zoom. I started with a Zoom H2 and was amazed at the quality. I started using it for recording our orchestra. I've since upgraded to Zoom H6 and a pair of Rode condenser mics. Excellent - and records an accurate sound.
Although the Zoom devices do a good job with audio recording, so does the Ederol R-09. The Ederol has the advantage that it is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket (like a deck of playing cards) and if you back it with a n index card yoou can make a good recording with the Ederol in your pocket. The instruction manual for this tiny device has 108 pages, so, as you might imagine its few buttons have multiple purposes and using it can get confusing.
I record our orchestra's concerts with a Zoom H4 at 16/44.1 and burn CDs or massage it into MP3s. Works fine with the internal mics. Someday when I feel flush I'll get a couple of external mics; the Zoom has XLR connectors and can supply phantom power.
For external mics, I'm using a pair of Rode NT5s using phantom power from the Zoom (and recording via the Zoom onto an internal SD Card).
...if anyone cares to check out my 2 songs on my thread gospel lyrics, blues & disco...I recorded these from a 6 channel Peavy PA head into a little Behringer mixer into a ghetto blaster on cassette. then later got them copied to CD. Sound quality is pretty good methinks.
I've been using a Zoom q2n for recording concerts and recitals and it has worked very well for that purpose. Using Eneloop rechargeable batteries, the unit goes for 3+ hours recording and while the video quality is not the absolute best, the audio is excellent and well worth the $160. I mount the unit on a lightweight tripod.
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