Thread: Mixer > USB Interface > Mac/PC?
02-04-2009, 06:16 PM #1Mixer > USB Interface > Mac/PC?
So let's say I wanted to record a multi-track session. You know, the usual guitar (maybe 2), bass, drums (most likely loops for now), and vocals.
Can I (well I know I can), but how well would this setup work? I don't want to make super-high quality clips or anything, just record some of the music I've been working on to "get it out there," without it sounding terrible.
I was planning on picking up an uber-cheap Line6 Toneport (about $80), and a 6-8 channel un-powered mixer.
So it'd be the TonePort into this mixer, then into my PC Laptop running Mixcraft 4.1 (or whatever software comes with the L6 interface).
Then into my PC/Mac (the TonePort is Mac compatible too)
This is just a simple home-recording idea I have, keep in mind I'm not aiming for pro quality here.
Essentially, each channel on the mixer would have an instrument/mic plugged into it and then the TonePort would make it able to record to a computer easily.
Any thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions?
I'm on a tight budget, hence the cheaper gear. I've recorded stuff before, but back in the day when I was using a 4-track, 2 really bad mic's, a Pioneer stereo amp from the 70's, and a tape deck.
I'm not completely naive when it comes to PC recording (I have Cakewalk Pro Audio 9, but Mixcraft is like GarageBand for Windows). Anyways, I can hold my own, just trying to figure out the initial path from instrument > computer.
02-04-2009, 06:34 PM #2
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Spend the extra $$ and get the Toneport with two XLR/Line ins, it will make what you want to do a lot easier!!
02-04-2009, 06:49 PM #3
I guess I should have state this in my original post. I want to mic my amp. I have a really nice tube amp, and I love the sound, so I want to record THAT, not some digitally modeled garbage.
I was looking into the one with the XLR ports, but I think it's about $200. The only thing that would be going direct into the mixer would be the mic's for the guitar/bass amps, and then one for vocals. (using SM57's for instruments, and an SM58 for vox).
This is the one I'm assuming you're talking about.
Maybe I might just spring for it, after all, I do have an account at the place I go to get my gear. I see how this can make it a lot easier (having XLR and 1/4" ins already on the device).
I might get a mixer still for running a non-computer recording setup and just use tape like I used to.
Thanks for the input!
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