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brummy

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March 29 2010 11:32 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
so im recording my jamz, but it seems like its always clipping and turning into a bunch of bullshit. i have the levels almost all the way down and i still get this disgusting cracking sound. im running my korg + pedals into a bass amp and then running a line from the headphone out into the computer, and everything gets recorded with audacity. do you dudes think i need a mixer or something or am i just doing this wrong?
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March 29 2010 1:11 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
could be your computer's sound card on the line input... try plugging a few different things into it, like a cheap radio shack mic with a 1/8" cable) or the output/headphone jack of an ipod or mp3 player and see if it records clean
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March 29 2010 1:21 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
i get a lot of clipping with audacity if the levels go to high. other than that, i'm not really sure.
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March 29 2010 3:55 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
put a mic on that amp, why the fuck are you taking a headphone out of the amp. more so why are you using an amp just run straight into the computer.
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March 29 2010 3:57 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: ElectricTapes

put a mic on that amp, why the fuck are you taking a headphone out of the amp. more so why are you using an amp just run straight into the computer.



for some reason if i go straight to the computer it only records in the left ear. plus, i do this mostly at night when i need to be relatively quiet, so i cant really mic anything, it sucks.
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March 29 2010 4:30 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
I have no idea what you even mean. Get a cheap interface and give up on that plugging into the soundcard and all your plroblems should go away.
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March 29 2010 5:14 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
what do you mean, like a cheap recorder or something? or a computer program thats not audacity?
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March 29 2010 5:36 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Yea audacity can be a super faggot. Used it back in the day. Like 06 steez
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March 29 2010 5:37 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Grip on a 4track mannn and record to tape!
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March 29 2010 5:42 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: TOOTHPAC SHAKUR

Grip on a 4track mannn and record to tape!



whats a good one? i had a fostex mr8 digital recorder a while back, and that thing was a piece of shit. i just figured if i wanted real good recording quality id have to spend way too much money so i havent fucked with that stuff in a while
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March 30 2010 4:19 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: brummy

Originally posted by: ElectricTapes

put a mic on that amp, why the fuck are you taking a headphone out of the amp. more so why are you using an amp just run straight into the computer.



for some reason if i go straight to the computer it only records in the left ear. plus, i do this mostly at night when i need to be relatively quiet, so i cant really mic anything, it sucks.



When you bypass and go straight to computer, you're probably going back to a mono signal. Also, not to insult your intelligence but have you also checked the input levels of the computer itself? More specifically the line-in levels?
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March 30 2010 4:35 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: brummy

Originally posted by: TOOTHPAC SHAKUR

Grip on a 4track mannn and record to tape!



whats a good one? i had a fostex mr8 digital recorder a while back, and that thing was a piece of shit. i just figured if i wanted real good recording quality id have to spend way too much money so i havent fucked with that stuff in a while



get on of those old analog tamtraks.
thats what that 8trakk you might have seen at wolf eyes was that we were using
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March 30 2010 4:54 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: brummy

Originally posted by: ElectricTapes

put a mic on that amp, why the fuck are you taking a headphone out of the amp. more so why are you using an amp just run straight into the computer.



for some reason if i go straight to the computer it only records in the left ear. plus, i do this mostly at night when i need to be relatively quiet, so i cant really mic anything, it sucks.



Record to a mono track in Audacity.
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March 30 2010 5:06 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
I was having a similar issue with my m-audio card in ableton live. I was able to correct the issue by turning off my power saving options in my motherboard bios. what sound card are you using? what operating system and what are your system specs??? also make sure you have all of your equipment plugged into the same outlet to avoid ground looping issues.
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March 30 2010 5:41 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
The purists will usually say fuck all that computery shit man and go straight analog mic your amp and record that shit to tape. I respectfully disagree with that shit because its so limited in what you can do although it sounds awesome. I would recommend purchasing a cheap mixer (i bought a cheapo 6 channel for 80 bucks sounds great btw) a decent soundcard (i have a pci maudio audiophile for 150 bucks) and find a decent DAW like ableton or some people dig protools but I use ableton live because i can use something called rewire to run a program called reason to get drums and trippy synth shit/samples cued along side tracks I record in ableton. (I FOUND BOTH OF THOSE PROGRAMS ON THE NET FOR FREE) kinda makes for a complete home studio. but if youre slummin for now i would recommend just simply recording your tracks mono into audacity. the reason you get only one channel working is because thats what instruments are is mono only one signal is sent to your computer and thats all you hear unless you change the channel settings in your soundcard control panel like i used to when i only had a creative soundblaster card.
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March 30 2010 6:10 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: DarkHorseDeviant

Originally posted by: brummy

Originally posted by: ElectricTapes

put a mic on that amp, why the fuck are you taking a headphone out of the amp. more so why are you using an amp just run straight into the computer.



for some reason if i go straight to the computer it only records in the left ear. plus, i do this mostly at night when i need to be relatively quiet, so i cant really mic anything, it sucks.



When you bypass and go straight to computer, you're probably going back to a mono signal. Also, not to insult your intelligence but have you also checked the input levels of the computer itself? More specifically the line-in levels?



yeah ive made all those levels as low as possible as well.
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