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How do I make a group of non-singers sound good?

On Monday afternoon I will be recording a group (6-7) of non-singers singing a parody song for an event. The song being parodied is a novelty song and the only instrumental/karaoke versions of the song I've been able to find are rather sparse keyboard or guitar only tracks...which means that the non-singers will need to carry the tune. This isn't a singing competition so while the key priority is everyone has fun, what are the "simple" things I can do to make it sound like we can sing even just a bit. [more inside]
posted by dismitree on Sep 18, 2015 - 5 answers

How can I make the best of voice recording on my chintzy setup?

I'm currently writing a song and part of that includes recording lots of vocals. I have available --my computer, an apple laptop, with a built-in mike --garage band --my headphones with a voice input/mike Help me make it the best it can be! [more inside]
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 on Aug 30, 2015 - 12 answers

Is there a high quality audio album of this live television performance?

Yasmine Hamdan performed an hour set on Korsa Live, a television show on the Moroccan network 2M. Is there an audio album release of this performance that can be found? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Aug 26, 2015 - 0 answers

How to set up a basic but decent studio for recording voice and guitar?

I'm seriously planning to try recording voice and acoustic guitar, and I need help on setting up the most basic, yet decent home studio. [more inside]
posted by 30thdegree on Aug 3, 2015 - 5 answers

I need a microphone

And I'm on a very tight budget. What do I buy? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jul 25, 2015 - 12 answers

Owning something amazing but burdening

I have the only known master copy of an unreleased song by a very famous recording artist. What do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2015 - 14 answers

Start recording at Bang

I want to start a few seconds video recording prompted by a gun blast. Plan is to attach a USB camera to a spotting scope and have my Mac start recording a few seconds of video the moment a shot is fired. The start and stop of the Video recording can be done with Automator ad/or Apple script. I am looking for an app or hardware solution to prompt the recording. It could be an application that starts a script once a sound exceeds a certain level. Perhaps even better a motion sensor that will sense the shock in the rifle stock. Thanks for your help. Rogier
posted by Mac-Expert on Jun 24, 2015 - 8 answers

How to record sounds inside the body?

What professional medical equipment, techniques and possibilities exist to record sounds inside the body? [more inside]
posted by gmm on Apr 14, 2015 - 9 answers

(Jazz?) Music composed over people talking normally

Looking for Aleatoric compositions on unaltered voice tracks. [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin on Mar 24, 2015 - 10 answers

What's the best method of mastering tracks made in Garageband?

What's the best, easiest method of mastering tracks that were mixed in Garageband? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Mar 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Help an amateur sound recordist

I'm recording a little concert tonight and trying not to botch it [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Mar 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Recording teams in a training exercise

I want to record (audio and video) the discussions of a team of 5~6 people during a training exercise that requires moving through a physical course. The recordings and transcriptions will be used to conduct a research study on how teams learn. I have agreements from the parties involved to record these exercises. What equipment/services could be used to accomplish this goal? [more inside]
posted by butwheresthesushi on Mar 6, 2015 - 3 answers

GROSS! I hate promoting my own music, yet I am so alone!

In this day and age (2015), how should a happily obscure musician promote his music to a small audience? [more inside]
posted by There Go the Warm Jets on Feb 23, 2015 - 19 answers

Help me record calls on an iPhone in Canada

Can you help me find the best hardware or software solution? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Feb 4, 2015 - 9 answers

Recommend a microphone/usb setup for recording voice to accompany piano

My son is trying to record his voice along with his piano and he needs a microphone/usb setup to record his voice. He wants to sing covers of songs by Coldplay or Adele, if that helps. (this question is eight years old so it seemed like it was time to re-ask.)
posted by carlodio on Jan 3, 2015 - 7 answers

Getting an estimate on song royalties

I've started to consider the possibility of recording a covers EP. Before I do so, I'd like to find out how much it would cost to get a license to release these songs. Most of the places I've seen online look like they have an application process, but is there a way to find out what the royalty rate would be before I record these songs?
posted by pxe2000 on Dec 28, 2014 - 2 answers

How do I vocals in GarageBand?

I want to record vocals in GarageBand for iPad. Please recommend a microphone and any other necessary gear I might need. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Dec 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Real Estate Filter: What kind of document do I need to record?

My neighbor and I own houses which are covered by a set of restrictive covenants we may be interested in dissolving. I want to know exactly what we need to do. Details within. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Dec 2, 2014 - 3 answers

Sound + image

I'd like to read stories in English with my daughter. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Nov 16, 2014 - 5 answers

EPIC Recording Device

I'd love to find a recording device that can fit within my pocket and record words said quietly ten feet away. I am a normal/small size woman with smallish pockets. But it's WINTER! Coat pockets are large, but are padded and seem to muffle the recordings I take on my phone QUITE A BIT. Needed for non-creepy, extra moral applications only, I assure you. Triple bonus points for amazon links.
posted by Kalmya on Nov 11, 2014 - 7 answers

Wiring Recording Panel - need help

I am about to wire some audio cables in my wall. It's two 1/4" jacks, stereo, one is microphone and the other headphones, going to a recording computer in a different room. Need help figuring out the proper parts. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Nov 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Recording setup for 2 people in an office

We want to capture eight hours at a time of conversation in an office, for editing later. There are two people at separate desks. What equipment is needed, within the sweet spot between "sounds good enough" and "affordable"? The end result should be 2 separate audio files, editable in Audacity. Paint me a picture of the setup you'd use for this.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Oct 29, 2014 - 8 answers

In Canada, is it legal to lie about recording a conversation?

In Canada, if someone asks you if you are recording a conversation, can you lie and continue to record it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Is this mixing board good for a home recording studio?

We have been gifted what I think is a very nice mixing board. I'm wondering if it's a good fit for a home recording studio, or if it's too much. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Oct 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Help!! with contacting Zoom and Steinberg/Cubase

This question is a follow-up to this one I asked recently. Having purchased the H4n through Amazon, which came with a cd for the required Cubase program by Steinberg, I'm now trying to register as directed by product info (apparently there's a 30-day window of opportunity). What an Alice-in-Wonderland nightmare I'm in. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Oct 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Which portable recorder for an oral history project?

I'm a researcher with no film experience, and am beginning to think about an oral history project, which best case would become a short film. The theme is regional accents, so audio quality is important. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Sep 27, 2014 - 25 answers

Looking to buy camcorder for recording live music

I'm looking for a camcorder or camcorder/microphone setup to record my band's practices and shows for uploading to YouTube. [more inside]
posted by Woodroar on Sep 12, 2014 - 4 answers

Best recording option for dictation in a moderately noisy environment?

I would like to dictate memos and documentation when away from my Mac, and then use Dragon to transcribe the recordings. This is in a somewhat noisy environment, similar in volume, tone and variation to a car traveling at a reasonable speed on the highway (HVAC equipment one room over, lots of random rattles and whirs and steady hums.) Not loud, but notable. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Sep 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Strategies for doing the work

A few years ago I decided to pick up making electronic music again after about a 10 year hiatus. Now I'm looking for strategies to keep myself doing the work. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Sep 5, 2014 - 3 answers

Home CCTV options?

I've been toying with the idea of getting some sort of CCTV or IPCCTV to keep track of what's going on around my house. Do you have CCTV? What should I be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Jazz Duo Albums

What are your favorite jazz albums that feature duos, with or without rhythm section? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Aug 13, 2014 - 24 answers

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

Acoustic bass guitar in recorded music?

I've become curious about the musical potential of the acoustic bass guitar. Does anybody know of any recordings, in any genre, where this instrument is used to good effect? [more inside]
posted by bertran on Apr 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Easiest way to record webcam / application combination video?

What's the easiest way to record a video on a Mac that can easily allow switching -- or even a split screen -- between a webcam and an application (say, Word)? The idea is to be able to record video of the speaker, type or draw notes that can be on the video, and be able to switch focus from the face to the notes or have both on screen at once, like a teacher with a software whiteboard. Most screencasting software only seems to focus on the screen and doesn't allow easy switching back and forth from the webcam.
posted by shivohum on Apr 13, 2014 - 4 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

10 Disc Kingston Trio Album

When I was a kid my parents had a 10 disc (or maybe five disc, 10 sides) album of the Kingston Trio that I'd love to find but I don't know the name of it. I tried to Google it, checked Amazon and iTunes, searched Craigslist, even went through the Spotify Kingston Trio discography and can't find it. Anyone else know what it was? [more inside]
posted by nathanrudy on Mar 1, 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

How can I record stereo guitar through my Profire 610 device?

How can I record stereo guitar through my Profire 610 device? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Feb 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Small meeting room suitable for recording in Manhattan?

A friend and I would like to have a place we can meet privately in Manhattan on a regular (monthly?) basis with enough room for the two of us, a laptop, and a microphone with the intention of recording our conversation. [more inside]
posted by ckolderup on Feb 3, 2014 - 4 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

Pleasant womb sounds for my preemie in NICU

Help me get some "calming sounds" for my newborn preemie. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Jan 17, 2014 - 13 answers

"RA-1, Channel One. Special Service Air Channel."

Rockford, IL: So, I made this recording of a mysterious telephone loop in 1991... [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 1, 2013 - 6 answers

What is the cheapest video camera around?

I'm looking for the most bare-bones video cameras that money can buy. I've been searching among security cameras, but what are some other possible searches? Imagine a security camera without the LED lights. As in, I would prefer an analog as opposed to USB output, but cost is more important than anything. The current cheapest security cameras I can find are $28 or so. Do any exist that are perhaps less than $20? [more inside]
posted by neil pierce on Oct 13, 2013 - 1 answer

I want to make music but I can't play an instument. Help?

I'm looking for software or something that has sounds on it that I can mix together to make songs. Bonus points if I can add tracks from outside that I record myself/find, etc. I have a PC and I'm looking for something that's high-quality and intuitive but not too pricey, say in the $100-$200 range. And also, a pony. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto on Oct 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Allow me to lull you in to trance-like state of relaxation

I have a very busy, hard to shut up brain and falling (and staying) asleep has always been a problem for me. A few months ago I came across the guided relaxation/hypnosis/meditation programs by Andrew Johnson in the google play store and started listening to them in bed as I fall asleep. They are wonderful. I want more, and I want to be able to do this more comfortably. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Oct 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Can I use Mainstage 3 instruments in Garageband '11?

My wife is a keyboard player (I play guitar) and we are trying to use our new MacBook Pro for our practice sessions. She got her MIDI keyboard to play through Garageband but wanted better piano sounds, so I bought Mainstage 3 for $30 (after Googling the question). Mainstage 3 has much better sounds like Hammond B3, Rhodes, etc. [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on Sep 17, 2013 - 0 answers

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