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I planning to record a band in the next few days. I'vi got a computer (duh) and plenty of mics but no mixer. Is there any free software out there that can record from 2 or more sound cards simultaneously?
    
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The short answer is yes, there are multi-track recording programs. There's a freeware one called Kristal that is pretty good. I prefer to use Cakewalk's Home Studio, but that costs $100. However, most computers freak out when there's two soundcards in the system. It often doesn't work. Besides, if you plan to record with your sig rig, it will get bogged down very quickly. I do sound recording as a side hobby and also at school. Last night we did an acoustic night where we record 8 tracks simultaneously. That took at least 4 GB of hard drive space for 2.5 hours, because it records each input as its own seperate wave file. That system is a Pentium HT 2.8GHz, and it has nowhere near enough RAM for us, but I think it has like 128 MB.

You'll want a USB, Firewire, or PCI audio recording card. Good examples are pretty much anything from M-Audio (don't bother with the audiophile series), Edirol, PreSonus Firepod and Firestudio, and if you don't mind tweaking a lot, Alesis's Multimix 16 Firewire edition is a pretty nice setup. It's a mixer, but then it also allows you to record all 16 inputs at once over firewire, and all for only $600. But you will definitely want a better rig.

Also, most of those recording boxes I mentioned only have 2 or 4 mic inputs and only 1 instrument input. The rest are just line-level. You'll have to plug your instruments in via the direct out on your amps or just mic the cab if you can.
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s'ok. I.m not using me sig rig. that's only there for show. I'm using one of my school's computers. they've got onboard soudcards on the mobos and creative x-fi platinum's. also I plan to plug in a sony ps2 singstar microphone adapter into one of the usb ports. they use standard windows drivers and show up as another sound card. thanks for pointing me towards some software. glad to see there's someone out there! rep+!!
    
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Hmm... The problem still is that you're going to be using a tiny little electret mic to pick up a whole band... The quality won't be very good. At school we use full size hand-held Audix mics to pick up piano and vocals and then we have a bunch of direct boxes for guitars (our theater is very cramped onstage, so we can't have the full size amps).
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I've modded the singstar mic adapter to take any microphone with a 3mm (or whatever size it is) jack plug. I'm using a stereo condenser for drums and two dynamic mics in the singstar adapter for the guitar amps. The vocals are being recorded seperately onto a minidisc player so i can have move flexibility in editing and effects.
    
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