Old Blevins Posted September 26, 2008 Share Posted September 26, 2008 Does anyone have any experience recording the concertina or live music in general at home onto a computer? If so, what kind of results did you get, and what kind of harware/software did you use? I am not an expert on this, but my experience is as follows: I recently recorded a Bluegrass Concertina album at home. If you are interested, you can read more about it and find a link to download by clicking the following link: Bluegrass Concertina Album Post My story goes like this. A few months ago I bought a USB turntable for converting old vinyl records to digital. It came with some recording software for the computer. I recorded a few old vinyl albums onto the computer and was really happy with the results. So I thought, I wonder what I can do with this software if I plug a microphone into laptop? I quickly got it working and played a little concertina into the mic. It sounded pretty good, so the experiment quickly evolved into a project. First a song, then another one, and pretty soon plans for a whole album, which I completed over a couple of weeks vacation time. To make the album, all I used was the following: 1. The laptop (Dell Inspiron 9300) which is 2.5 years old. It was a good middle of the road laptop when new with a pretty good soundcard, but nothing special 2. The recording software called Audacity, which came with the turntable. 3. A $50 Shure microphone that we use for Karaoke at home The results were pretty good considering it was done on a whim, and I didn't buy or use anything I didn't already have. It was also a learning experience, and I got better at it as I went, particularly with the editing. But I didn't go back and redo anything that was already considered "finished" and "good enough". It was a little tricky playing the concertina into a single mic and getting good level volume from both sides. The mic had to be pretty close to the source, whatever I was recording. Even so, the volume of the finished songs turned out a little lower than the average commercial CD, but not bad. I suppose I could have amplifed everything digitally, but I avoided doing that. I was little concerned about things sounding "unnatural" if I did too much digital manipulation. So to try to improve the results in the future, I have ordered a better microphone ($100) designed for instrument as well as voice, and a USB pre-amp that enables recording from 2 microphones simutaneously (also $100). I figure this will enable me to record the music at a higher volume, and enable me to mic both sides of the concertina and/or record two sources (instruments or voices) simultaneously. That is about the maximum I wanted to invest at this time, and if I get the hoped for improvements, that will probably be good enough for me. Does anyone have any comments or other suggestions? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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