Recording Practice

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Principaltrumpet, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Principaltrumpet

    Principaltrumpet Pianissimo User

    Nov 7, 2006
    north texas
    I know there have been many post about recording practice and recording in general. But I have a few questions anyway.

    First, I just got a new laptop and I have really enjoyed incorporating it into my practice. I have had sheet music on it, used BIB, and now I wanna use it to record. So, what programs (relatively inexpensive) and mic does anyone recommend to record straight to PC.

    Second, what is the best set up if I am wanting to use this system to record me practicing but then turn around and record my Brass quintet playing a few pieces. I don't wanna overload a mic or get horrible sound quality.

    Oh, and it has to be very portable.
  2. MJ

    MJ Administrator Staff Member

    Jan 30, 2006
    When I tried to record onto a PC I remember it not working well. I think I was using audactiy. The problem is there is no pre amp, or amp, something like that. It was very soft.

    If you have a MAC I think you could use garage band and it would work great.
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
  4. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

    Nov 16, 2005
    Vidin, Bulgaria
    I record myself on a Zoom H4 recorder and don't bother about programs and stuff...It works fine for me. I believe that Zoom H2 is also very easy to use. If you want to hear the results, you can check out few clips I recorded with it. They were not edited, just as recorded by the H4. BrassUniverse's Page - TrumpetCity Some of the clips were recorded in my living room which is relatively small which made the trumpet to sound a bit dodgy...
  5. B15M

    B15M Forte User

    Dec 30, 2003
    Monroe Ct.
    I recommend Smart Music. If you are a member of ITG it cost 25.00 a year or, if you link it to a teacher that has it. If you just get it, I think it's 100.00 per year or 10.00 a month.

    Go to Smart and look around. Even if you get it for a month, it will get you started with recording and you can try mikes and see what the computer can do.
  6. govtmodel

    govtmodel Pianissimo User

    Dec 26, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Try a USB microphone (I have a Samson but there are others) and Audacity. It works quite well and costs less than $100.

    For ~$200, the Zoom H2 is hard to beat. More portable, and in stereo.

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