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So I'm going to be laying down some guitar tracks today. I've got about 4 songs written out and can't wait to get the demos out and get a band together. Anyways I'm looking for the easiest to use recording software I can find. I don't need anything too fancy just something that will work. Free is good too! I'm using a creative Audigy Platinum to do the recordings. Thanks for the help in advance!
    
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Audacity is a pretty good FREE recording software.

The best software I have found to record that you are going to have to pay for is either Cakewalk Sonar or Sony Vegas/ACID
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I've been doing software multi track for a decade or so; for ease of use, stability and exceptional quality with Creative cards (I'm still using a Live! 5.1 card) ... you can't beat Sony Vegas.

I would just find it cheap (200.00 in some places) and drop the change; you won't be sorry. I've been using it since it's first incarnation under Sonic Foundry management ... and it just keeps getting better.

Just did this vid with it (song also original Vegas rec): Rough Draft

And here's a bunch of audio/band stuff I've done: G.O.V

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Otherwise, if you must go the freeware route ... I would have to second the Audacity vote; used it briefly here and there and it will function ... just a bit clunky.

Good to see another writer around!


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I used to use cakewalk. VERY easy to use.
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Well the audigy drive doesn't work...I think I'm going to head out to guitar center, spend way too much money, and do it right. We'll see what I can get with a firewire recorder.
    
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Well the audigy drive doesn't work...I think I'm going to head out to guitar center, spend way too much money, and do it right. We'll see what I can get with a firewire recorder.
hell yeah! it's ON!

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be sure and update once you get home.

(spending way too much money, FTW!)

    
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hell yeah! it's ON!

...

be sure and update once you get home.

(spending way too much money, FTW!)

Ugh...yeah I like getting good stuff, but I don't like the whole having to pay for it part It depends on if they are still running their 12 month no payment promo or not. If they aren't I'm just going to drop $100-150 on something that will work, $150 on a nice mic and $40 on a nice cable. If they are running it I will be surprised if I get out of there for under $1k lol!
    
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Ugh...yeah I like getting good stuff, but I don't like the whole having to pay for it part It depends on if they are still running their 12 month no payment promo or not. If they aren't I'm just going to drop $100-150 on something that will work, $150 on a nice mic and $40 on a nice cable. If they are running it I will be surprised if I get out of there for under $1k lol!
No need to spend $1k. Specially if your just getting some ideas down and putting a band together.

Get some decent software (vegas, etc.), a decent sound card with the appropriate interfaces, a couple decent mics (1 condensor, 1 cardoid) ... and your good to go for making demos and whatever else you have to do.

My setup:

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Sony Vegas v. 6 : $300.00
Soundblaster Live! w/ LiveDrive: $25.00
Sure SM58 Cardoid/Vocal Mic: $100.00
Audiotechnica Lo-z Condenser Mic: $130.00
Various cables: $50.00


(and of course, a decent computer to go with it all)

$605.00 total (roughly) ...

...

When you said 'firewire' setup from Guitar Center ... did you mean like a 'turn-key' package or something?

For tinkering and homebrew work ... I'd suggest going with a software solution, personally ... until you get your band together and want to start doing serious for-release tracks ... in which case, and if your good, you'll probably find yourself in somebody *else's* studio recording to 1" analogue ...

    
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as firewire setups go, a Presonus Firepod is great!

i have used a couple from other people around, and I love them.

they couldnt be easier to use. It is awesome to know that I am not the only person who likes Vegas.

If you want to try it out, they have demos that are available to download from http://www.sonymediasoftware.com
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Well I snagged a Creative E-MU 0404, a SURE Beta57A, a Mogami mic cable, Some Elixer Strings, a mic stand and some picks. I got all that for $395 and I don't have to pay for it for a year

Time to try this stuff out! It comes with Cake Walk Sonar LE, Cubase LE, and Ableton Live Lite 4. Which one would be the best?
    
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