Recording Software

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by bradyman, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. bradyman

    bradyman Electromatic

    Dec 31, 2008
    Greetings All!
    I noticed on another post that some of you are into recording. I would like to try recording on my laptop - guitar, bass, vocals, etc. What software-interface would you recommend for someone just starting out. Simple, I like simple.
  2. Fox Rox

    Fox Rox Gretschie

    Nov 8, 2009
    Waterloo, ON
    Do you have a PC or a Mac?
  3. RockabillyGlenn

    RockabillyGlenn Electromatic

    Feb 8, 2011
    Portsmouth UK
    Magix Music Studio Deluxe - I think they're called Magix Samplitude Music Maker now.

    I've been using this software for several years now, because it's easy to use, with a nice graphical mixing desk - keeps me in touch with the traditional physical aspect of a desk!:D
    Plenty of effects built in - some very good, some not so, but for less than £50 RRP for the lowest spec version, (still more than sufficient for home recording), you can't go wrong.

    You can also record tracks simultaneously, add DSP and other effects to the library etc etc.

    Oh yes, it's PC only......I think.

    Check it out!;)
  4. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Friend of Fred

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    If you have a Mac, the built-in Garage Band program is an excellent place to start for free!

    If you have a PC, the latest version of Audacity is freeware, and is a good place to start for experimenting.
  5. Gros Ouaso

    Gros Ouaso Country Gent

    Apr 13, 2010
  6. Fox Rox

    Fox Rox Gretschie

    Nov 8, 2009
    Waterloo, ON
    If you have a Mac I also highly recommend GarageBand. It is very intuitive and powerful. I use an Apogee Duet as my interface.
  7. mikante

    mikante Country Gent

    Aug 11, 2009
    Grage Band for ever, easy to use and it does almost everything you need for any recording at home.
  8. jbcallender

    jbcallender Gretschie

    Nov 21, 2010
    San Antonio, TX
    Anybody use Guitar Pro from Cakewalk?
  9. Sharkblues

    Sharkblues Country Gent

    Aug 22, 2010
    I have the same question. I HATE learning new software! It was fun in my 30's, but in my 50's, I just want to get the job done. I played around with Audacity for a while, didn't think it was that intuitive or documented (everything was noisy hisssss) so I went back to playing guitar instead of playing computer.
  10. Manic

    Manic Country Gent

    Dec 5, 2009
    On PC, Reaper. Hands down. Significantly cheaper than Pro Tools, if you choose to pay for it, which isn't required...and contains most all of the features the average home recorder will actually use.
  11. Wulfgang

    Wulfgang Synchromatic

    May 22, 2009
    Seattle WA./Omaha NE
    If you have a few dollars to spend, the preSonus fire studio mobile is a great way to go.
  12. araT

    araT Gretschified

    Mar 24, 2009
    Berlin, Germany
    +1 to both of the above, great places to get started - no need to cough up for a ProTools system just yet ;)
  13. stixthedrummer

    stixthedrummer Electromatic

    Feb 5, 2011
    hannibal, mo
    I've used Kristal on my computer as home as well. Free and not too tough to use at all.
    I'm no pro by a long shot, but it seems to have gotten the job done for me.
  14. bradyman

    bradyman Electromatic

    Dec 31, 2008
  15. bradyman

    bradyman Electromatic

    Dec 31, 2008
    Fox Rox - I use a PC. Thanks for all the replies. I will check out the sites you have suggested.
  16. c7ble

    c7ble Gretschie

    Apr 29, 2010
    I use riffworks as a writing tool and Cubase for serious recording
  17. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    If you outgrow Garage Band, Apple also makes Logic Express & Logic Pro. (They bought those two from another company whose name escapes me.)
  18. Country Gent

    Apr 30, 2009
    Emagic. I still have Logic 5 for PC.
  19. BarryMClark

    BarryMClark Country Gent

    Apr 4, 2011
    I always use this program when I record. I haven't done it in years, but it is pro quality and it is free but they'd like you to donate a fee if you like it. It used to be only $70 or something but I don't know what it is now.
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