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Recording Audio from a Theatre Show

We run a small improv theatre company. Potential sponsors and clients always ask about videos of our shows, so we're looking into recording our shows. We're okay on the video side but we can't get good quality audio. What kind of setup should we use? [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty on Jun 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Recording Skype calls with Audio Hijack Pro

As part of my doctoral research, I will be conducting interviews with Skype for transcription and analysis. I've heard good things about Audio Hijack Pro as a tool to record audio from Skype -- both from online reviews and from faculty mentors. I've installed the latest version of Skype on my MacBook Air and am currently using the trial version of Audio Hijack Pro (I expect to pay for the full version if I can get the demo working). It works, BUT, I am consistently hearing a horrible echo and feedback when I am hijacking the audio on my Skype test calls. Help! (help...help...help...) [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 on Jun 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Whats a cheap Turntable (record Player) if I just want to play vinyl?

(1) What's a cheap just plain record player that can output via rca cables? (2) Anyone know any good software or apps for doing that on a PC or mac? Just figuring something might already exist to detect different tracks. [more inside]
posted by Twinedog on May 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Get the microphone out of your pocket!

I've been asked to write summaries of some recordings of meetings. Problem is, whoever recorded it had the microphone in his shirt or his pocket or something, and there's impossible rustling preventing me from hearing what they're saying half the time! Especially when someone asks a question and they start explaining details. Is there any software I can run these sound files through to reduce some of that?
posted by saysthis on Apr 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Press a button, hear a random recording. How do I make one?

I have an idea for a sculpture that would have a button on it. When the button is pressed, a sound recording would play. There'd be about 10-20 recordings, each about 2-4 minutes long. I know it's possible to do this -- I just don't know how, exactly. What should I be googling? [more inside]
posted by xo on Feb 20, 2014 - 13 answers

Etiquette about audio recording meetings with customers using Evernote

How would you feel about having a meeting recorded, where you're discussing your business and the problems you'd like to solve? How would you feel being asked if I could record the meeting? [more inside]
posted by infinitejones on Jan 31, 2014 - 23 answers

What poem and poet is this recording?

Who wrote this poem: "Blue Moon"? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 30, 2014 - 2 answers

What's the best, most efficient workflow for making a screencast?

I want to make a series of instructional programming videos. I'm reasonably happy that I have all the moving parts lined up - I know what I want to cover, I have the examples and material ready, I've figured out how to make high-quality video recordings of my desktop and I've got a nice USB microphone. But if there's one thing that my brief forays into video editing have taught me, it's that it can be incredibly time-consuming. Given that I plan on making ~10 hours of content for my first batch of videos, I'd like some advice on doing this efficiently. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Jan 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Music Education Filter: "The History of Recorded Music" for Grades 3-8?

I'm brainstorming a volunteer presentation to give in schools on "The History of Recorded Audio". Probably 2 or 3 45-minute sessions. Has anyone written or presented something similar? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Sep 15, 2013 - 6 answers

NYC Recording Studio Tour?

I want to take my friend on a tour of a recording studio in the NYC area to take a friend on for his birthday. Google has come up surprisingly short. I'd prefer a recording studio that has come kind of historical importance, though I know that most of the legendary studios in NYC have moved or closed. If a historically significant studio isn't a possibility, I was hoping to find one that has recorded interesting artists in the alt/indie rock, power pop, or soul genres. [more inside]
posted by fructose on Aug 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Best hard drive solution for mobile audio recording

Trying to decide what to get, here. I've got an interal 750gb 5400 rm drive in the MBP that very occasionally throws up the dreaded "drive too slow" dialog in Logic at only 6 or 8 tracks of 24 bit 44.1 kHz. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on Jul 12, 2013 - 16 answers

How to record and transcribe all conversations

Suppose I would like to automatically record and transcribe all conversations that happen around me. Is this technically feasible? What products and services would you use to accomplish this goal? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jul 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Requesting ideas for a voice audio recording project.

I have a decent microphone and I like recording audio for Librivox and some language learning sites. I would like to extend this into some other areas. Either reading foreign news, blogs, covering a local issue or any type of suggestion one might have. I have some plans for starting a podcast in the future but for now I would like to commit to recording something and posting it regularly for a while. Can be as dull as the conet project or repetitious as David Lynch's weather reports. Ideally content would be public domain, creative commons, or other permissible copyright.
posted by andendau on Jul 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Finding a particular recording of Alan Ginsberg reading America

I'm looking for a particular recording of Alan Ginsberg reading America. It was on a mix tape I lost many years ago, and the particular moment that stands out is when he says "America I am the Scottsboro boys", someone in the (high as a kite and raucous) audience shouts out "you are the Scottsboro boys!" Any pointers would be helpful, either to purchasable media or to online video.
posted by pmb on Jun 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Multi-input external audio interface recommendations?

I want to buy an audio interface for home recordings. Specifically, I want to record onto (most likely) a Mac, and I need more than 2 simultaneous inputs, since I will often be recording drums. I would prefer to spend under 200€. Give me your opinion and experiences! [more inside]
posted by molecicco on Feb 23, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I add phone interview audio to my existing podcasting setup?

I'm interested in making a new podcast/audio interview series for the web. What's the best way to integrate quality phone interview audio into my series, either using my existing podcasting equipment or with new equipment? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Jan 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Help a home recording noob solve direct-input and monitor issues.

Help a noob figure out his home-recording troubles - I don't understand my M-Audio Profire DI or my reference monitors and a few other things. [more inside]
posted by critzer on Nov 9, 2012 - 7 answers

How can I record myself talking and listen to it later on my Android phone or Ipod Touch?

How can I record myself talking and then transfer that file to my Android phone or Ipod Touch so I can listen to it later with my other music and podcasts? I'm looking for advice on software, transfer procedures and best practices to make this an easy process. [more inside]
posted by seasparrow on Sep 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Snap Crackle Plop

Why is my mp3 voice recording riddled with skipping? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Jun 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Distorted recordings of live music

How do we fix the problem of an over driven microphone recording live music in bars. [more inside]
posted by txmon on May 22, 2012 - 12 answers

What hardware do I need for recording and live mixing?

I need a USB interface to connect 2 mics, a midi keyboard, and an ipod to a computer, for both live mixing and recording. Hope? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on May 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Properly compressed current jazz and blues?

What are your favorite current recordings with good dynamic range, preferably jazz and blues? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Apr 25, 2012 - 9 answers

How to track the source of high-pitched audio interference?

I have high-pitched ringing in my the recording set-up of my new home voice recording studio (it seems to have a pulse, not steady, and occaionally disappears). Where should I start trying to get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by acm on Apr 11, 2012 - 21 answers

I'm really dumb, but did I break the law?

I recorded a business meeting without consent. Did I do something illegal? [more inside]
posted by meta x zen on Mar 6, 2012 - 14 answers

What's the frequency, Kenneth?

Need advice on recording my lectures. I use presentation software and I move around the lecture hall/room interacting with students. I want to record audio directly to my computer while moving around a classroom. What equipment and software do I need to do this? I am open to all suggestions.
posted by jadepearl on Feb 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me best record family history.

I'm embarking on a new stage in a family history project, in which I'll be interviewing my grandmother and great aunt for their knowledge and stories about our relatives. What is the best technology by which to do so - that is, how should I best record and preserve these conversations? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Feb 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Limited sound card?

How do I make my computer stop using the built-in microphone when recording sound? Is my sound card so poor that it can't record from anything but the built-in mike? [more inside]
posted by Termite on Jan 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Connecting Multiple USB Microphones to a Mac Laptop

I need to find the best way to connect more than one microphone (probably two but it could be up to four) to a Mac laptop. I don't need studio quality but will be capturing voices and I'd like them to sound decent. The signal from the mics would need to be seen by Flash, for teleconferencing, and by the basic Apple OS applications (Quicktime, Garage Band, etc.) Is it possible to connect more than one USB microphone at a time, perhaps through a hub? If not, is there a simple external digital mixer that I can use? Is there an on-line store that specializes in this type of audio? And is the a wireless USB option?
posted by Jamesonian on Dec 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me find the right film and AV equipment for my nonprofit

Help me find the right AV equipment to buy for my cultural events nonprofit! I throw literary events that are awesome and generally undocumented. Tell me what I should buy (cameras, software, mics) to visually convey a sense of their awesomeness. Bonus points on tutorials on making podcasts and workflow process for videos. [more inside]
posted by johnasdf on Jul 18, 2011 - 8 answers

YouTube not handling multiple Keynote audio tracks

When starting and stopping (i.e. pausing) audio/slide recording in Keynote, how do I get the final export to play the complete audio when uploaded to YouTube? [more inside]
posted by pavane on Jul 17, 2011 - 1 answer

Help me sing the blues. To my mac mini. Without a preamp.

Seeking USB hub with audio in, or some other way to use my pro mic with my MacMini. [more inside]
posted by letahl on Jul 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Creating simple audio tracks

How can I edit simple music tracks on a PC laptop without spending a fortune? I have pretty good working knowledge of music notation software (mainly Sibelius) but am looking for something that I can use with my Zoom H2 Digital Recorder to multi-track ideas using live instruments and have absolutely no idea what I need. HELP?! [more inside]
posted by joboe on Jul 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Keyboardist/vocalist needs audio interface for home studio

I'm looking for recommendations for equipment for my home audio recording setup (using GarageBand). Specifically, I want an audio interface capable of 24-bit recording with midi and microphone inputs. Many more details about my setup within! [more inside]
posted by hansbrough on Jun 19, 2011 - 6 answers

How to record two people at once who are walking without a third person recording it?

I need to record two people at the same time. I can't follow them around with a boom mic and I don't want them to be attached at the hip with a splitter to one recorder plus 2 lapel mics. How do I record two people, walking around, talking to each other? Do I need two recorders? AND if I have two recorders, how much of a pain will it be to edit the material/will it sound weird? How is this normally done? It is for the radio. [more inside]
posted by cyberdad on Jun 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Like StoryCorps, but with more beer.

At our upcoming family reunion (the first in a good seven years), my mother wants to run an audio "story booth" where family members can come and tell stories to be preserved for posterity. Can y'all think of any tips -- before, during and after -- to help this run smoothly and get the most interesting stories? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 3, 2011 - 10 answers

What Microphone should I use in Rural Ghana?

What microphone should I use in rural Ghana? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on May 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Ideas for enhancing smartphone audio recording for live events

RecordingFilter: I got the idea of using my new Android phone to make a live recording. I just used the Voice Recorder app that came on the phone. The resulting recording is obviously pretty low quality, but not completely terrible. How can I find ways to make future smartphone recordings sound better? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Mar 26, 2011 - 4 answers

What's the best quality podcast recording solution under these circumstances?

Starting a podcast (spoken word) and suddenly have the opportunity to interview the exact people I really shouldn't be "practicing" on. I'm a radiophile, want decent sound, but have no time to learn the technical side of sound recording before my interviews in a few days. Can I spend a little up front to make decent sound or do I just need to spend more? [more inside]
posted by lotusfeet on Mar 20, 2011 - 10 answers

technical music books

Books that all aspiring audio engineers/mixers/producers should own.
posted by hiddenknives on Mar 9, 2011 - 15 answers

Home Electronic Music Studio - DA signal paths and other questions.

Re-building my electronic music home studio with a new computer at the heart of it. Have lots of pieces but not sure of optimal setup/signal path. [more inside]
posted by erebora on Feb 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Devolving into chaos

How do I fix two audio recordings that should be in sync, but aren't? [more inside]
posted by monospace on Feb 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Wind cover for iPhone?

I have been taking video with my iPhone 4 recently, but it's been windy so I get a lot of wind noise. What's the best way to go about reducing the wind noise, and/or how can I make a microphone cover/windscreen for the iPhone 4?
posted by Korou on Jan 23, 2011 - 3 answers

free mac app for no-hassle, spoken-word audio recording?

mac filter: (free) app for quick, easy mp3 audio recording of spoken word? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Dec 27, 2010 - 9 answers

IPad as Music Production Hub?

What hardware and software would you use to assemble a lightweight music production kit for audio recording and/or sequencing using the iPad as the "hub?" [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Nov 14, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I record a 3-way long-distance podcast... with two hosts?

I'm working on a new podcast with a co-host who's 3000 miles away. The podcast requires us to take telephone (or Skype) calls. What hardware & software setup will allow us to record mic-quality audio of my co-host and myself, along with telephone/Skype-quality audio of our guests? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Oct 27, 2010 - 14 answers

Sound mixer: How to record and play back different inputs?

I have a 14-channel mixer. During a live performance I want to play some channels to loudspeakers while simultaneously recording, but I want the recording to contain more channels that are not played through the loudspeakers. Details and diagrams within. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Oct 15, 2010 - 9 answers

USB 2.0 for audio. Does it matter?

Trying to buy a mixer with a usb interface. Is 2.0 that much better than 1.0? [more inside]
posted by lumpenprole on Sep 27, 2010 - 19 answers

How can I mic my doumbek so that I can play in a band with other amplified instruments?

How can I mic my doumbek (hand drum) so that I can play in a band with other amplified instruments? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jul 29, 2010 - 11 answers

Cheap lapel mic?

I need recommendations for lavaliere mic on the cheap. One I can hook up to my Zoom H4. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by spartacusroosevelt on Jul 25, 2010 - 4 answers

I just want to finish this CD, Presonus.

I'm the "everything that runs on electricity" technical advisor for a local band. We're in the process of wrapping up the first CD, and the recording set up is killing us. Am I missing something here with the Presonus Firestudio? How can we just finish editing the CD without it crashing every hour? [more inside]
posted by niles on Jul 22, 2010 - 8 answers

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