Recording sound clips on a computer.

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  1. SpareRibs

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    Hello,
    I don't know where to post this question. I figured someone here would know the answer. So here goes.
    I would like to know if anyone here could tell me how to record sound clips on my computer so I could post the differences in some of the pickups I have wound , or some of the modifications I have made on guitars.
    The computer is a Toshiba Satellite C655. Thank you in advance.
     
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    Martin R Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Hi,

    There are a couple of ways to do it. I use an audio interface, (MAudio, Tascam, Presonus all make some for less than $100), a microphone and software like Reaper.

    the folks on the Recording In Progress board on TDPRI will give you more information.
     
  4. ScatMan

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    Lots of different ways to do it, and it depends on how you want to record your guitar and the recording quality you want other people to hear.

    Do you want to mic an amp? Then you'll need a mic (Shure SM57 for example) and an interface and a software DAW (digital audio workstation) like Reaper as Martin suggested .. or the free Audacity DAW... or you could forget the interface and get a USB mic and stick it in front of your amp.

    The easiest, cheap way would be to buy a USB mic and use the free Audacity application to record your amp.
     
  5. Slow Reflexes

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    I have actually used Audacity and a direct connection from the guitar to the computer's line in/mic connection. There are better tools, but you can't get much more direct than that.
     
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    This is a good suggestion too.

    This would demonstrate how your different pickup windings would sound.. just the recording of the guitar direct without the "color" of how it would sound through an amp.
     
  7. studio

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    okay, so you have a computer. do you have an audio interface?

    Possibly not, guessing by your question. It's okay, you can still
    get it done.

    you will need a small mixing board though. Plug your mixing board
    into the computer's mic or line level input. Hit the record button on your
    recording software of choice and get the signal and the gain structure
    to a moderate level (-15db or so) and then name your file or project
    each time you do a recording session.

    there are many software programs out there for free.
    It would even be cool to use your smart phone.

    I take it you have an amp and possibly a mic?
    then plug the mic into the mixer and do the same process.

    Tell me more about your pickups. I wanna know!

    Is this your first batch? Or have you been winding pups
    for a while?
     
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    Right-e-o!

    There are many instances where folks have
    recorded direct to the board and have had
    great results with proper EQ in the mix.

    Also, many churches have their praise and worship
    players not use an amp while on stage to keep the
    stage volume down during service. That is a unique
    application right thar!
     
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    Start visiting "Recording in Progress" about 29 spaces down.
     
  10. BartS

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    If it's a laptop there is a good chance your computer has a built in microphone and if it's windows there is a program on it called sound recorder I think. All you have to do is open up that program and press record. Honestly it will probably sound a lot better than a cheap audio interface.

    I use ubuntu linux and it has a program that's called the samething sound recorder that does the exact same thing. No special music recording stuff required.

    Give it a listen if you don't believe me that it will sound good. It has a lot to do with the type of mic and they way they are amplified. It's probably an electic condenser mic the kind that come on camcorders and stuff. They are not like studio mics which are only designed to work well in specific situations. It's more like the type of mic that are used on telephones but probably made better.
     
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    Also suggest the recording in progress threads.

    Cheapest. Audacity is free and will export to MP3 for "posting". You can buy a TRS adapter to connect the guitar straight into the line in port on your laptop. The on board "soundcard/chip" will convert the signal to digital to go into audacity. You can use the sound card settings to setup how you want to record.
     
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    Here's a link to the Recording in Progress forum:

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/recording-progress/
     
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    I'm assuming you do not have an audio interface or software and are using Windows on your laptop.

    Install the free Asio4all driver. It is a universal Asio sound driver that will work better than your computers regular sound drivers for recording.

    Then get yourself a free copy of Audacity for recording your sound clips.

    You will need an 1/8" adapter for your guitar cable to plug into the computers mic input.

    This would be your simplest way of doing what you asked but far from ideal.
     
  14. SpareRibs

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    Hello,
    I made a winder quite some time ago. It has been a lot of trial and error for a long time. I finally got the speed adjusted so I can wind pickups tightly as opposed to loose and sloppy.
    The two pickups I recently wound are copies of the 1959 Melody Maker 7/8 ths pickups as opposed to the narrower version that came after. They are the ones that had originated in lap steels. They are wound around a bar magnet as opposed to the later ones using pole pieces.
    If you go on the Music Electronics Forum, look at the pickup winding section you will see my thread about the construction of the pickups under Melody Maker pickups.
     

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