Recording Software

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Paul Du Bourg, May 24, 2012.

  1. Paul Du Bourg

    Paul Du Bourg Pianissimo User

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    Hi Chaps,

    Downloaded the free recording software "Audacity" which seems to be working fine.

    The quality of the playback is however questionable using the *.aup file type.

    Exporting the file to .wav improves the quality dramatically but still not that good and files are enormous ie. approx. 1 min = 35 Mb.

    I'm just playing into the laptop so using the built-in pickups that utilize the Mecer generic recording software Realtek.

    For a recording newbee am I going about this the right way?

    What is the best method for getting the best available sound at minimal cost.

    Maybe an investment in additional recording hardware/software is an option?

    Cheers,

    Paul
     
  2. bumblebee

    bumblebee Fortissimo User

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    I believe some people have had good experiences plugging a good-enough microphone into the microphone socket on the laptop and using recording software on the laptop but to be honest that group did not include me - either with the built-in microphone or an external one the sensitivity was too high and clipped the sound unless the laptop was a ridiculous distance away. With the built-in microphone I got some laptop fan noise included in the recording. It could be that I just didn't know how to change the recording sensitivity.

    I bought a digital recorder (from Zoom, but there are other brands) which allows me to better control the input sensitivity and the recording is exactly the same as what I play. The recording I transfer to the computer from the Zoom's SD card.

    Not the lowest cost but perhaps not too bad either, depending on what digital recorder you might select.

    --bumblebee

    P.S. once in the computer I usually use Audacity to further process the file as required.
     
  3. gbdeamer

    gbdeamer Forte User

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    You can try exporting to mp3.

    You can choose different bit rates and find the quality/size balance you want.
     

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