Getting Started on Recording? Cool Freeware Multitrack Program

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  1. Drew

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    KRISTAL Audio Engine

    Really, if you want to learn how to record, there's no substitute for actually going out and doing it and getting hands on experience. The problem is, most good multitrack software out there is kind of pricey. Very pricey, in fact, and prohibitive to the average beginner who wants to get his feet wet, but certainly isn't ready to fork over $500 on a whim just to see what digital audio recording is like.

    I can't remember where I first saw this program, but it was a home recording forum somewhere. I haven't personally given it a run myself, but the specs are good on paper and what feedback I've heard from users has been positive. And, best of all, it's free.

    So, if digital recording is something you've been curious about, but never tried, grab your guitar and SM-57, then download this application and start browsing the forums here for tips on how to tweak your mixes. :metal:
     
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    I would also recommend Reaper, although you really *should* cough up the $30 if you're going to really use it. I've heard of Kristal being used with good success. :yesway:
     
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    I had actually uploaded KRISTAL on my laptop but then my friend Zach gave me his old computer with Cool Edit Pro on it.
     
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    recording on a laptop better than a regular desk computer.im behind the times.
     
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    What's a good, inexpensive (or cheap) recording interface other than a mic? I don't have any rack gear yet that I can plug into the PC. Thinking of getting a UX2 toneport from Line 6, but I've heard they're crap.
     
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    MF_Kitten Set up us the bomb

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    what about us poor mac users being stuck with garageband and friggin´ audacity? :p
     
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    I've got kristal but i've only got on board sound, and it records crapy, is there any way around that??
     
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    audacity can record multiple tracks at a time...
     
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    Dude, upgrade to Logic. :yesway:
     
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    Where did you hear that? I have a UX1 and it's great.
     
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    Once I download this on to my computer, What do I do now? I need a microphone for my guitar?
     
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    I always have great luck with Acid Pro 5....and i didnt fork the cash for it either....
     
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    How do I record onto a computer from a pod xt live? What do I need? I'm a n00b of doom and I need help!
     
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    Do you own a soundcard with a line input? Do you have any kind of recording software in your computer, for example; Qubase, Nuendo, Pro Tools, Logic, or Cool Edit?
     
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    Nope but I'm getting some freeware one.

    Is a line input the plug with the picture of the mic on it? If so then yes.

    ShawnF mentioned something about being able to use a PODxt live as a sound card.
     
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    Ok really? That would be new to me, but try to follow up that tip with him.
    Yes, thats the one. Now you could plug your guitar to that input from your PODxt live´s output. You just use a regular tele cable. So far so good but now comes the little tricky part, you are going to experience the greatest recordingbandit - "latency". This will effect your playing but can be set to a pleasant amount depending on your soundcard. Do you know what I´m talking about? If not I will explain it to you man.
     
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    That's actually the mic input. You might have a seperate line in as well - if so, it might be prefferable, as the mic in will be hotter, but the line in will allow you to monitor through your sound card, and not the software you're recording through.

    Either will work, though.
     
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    Thanks for the correction Drew, I messed up with the inputs..:nono:
     
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    The line-in is blue usually, mic is pink, and speakers are green.

    I plug my podxt into my comp with a guitar cable. You need a big-to-small jack on one end though, whack the big end in ur Pods left or right line-out, and then the small end into ur computer's line-in.
     
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    Any one heard of the M-Audio USB Midisport Uno.. can i connect my korg pandora to this and access my sound card via usb.. in the hope of reducing latencies..
    BTW i downloaded a programme called ASIO4ALL.. it did reduce my latencies significantly.. but my guitar still sounds 'abrasive'.. like a fork on a ceramic plate.. :wallbash:
    Edit: anyone try out sansamp xdi.. i think we can connect our guitar to the computer
     

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