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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

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

Inexpensive but quality setup for a live podcast

We're getting ready to do a weekly podcast, recorded live in a retail environment in front of an audience. I'm trying to build the gear kit. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Easy to use drum and synth tools

Bedroom musicians - I need some tools to create basic drum and synth parts while recording. It needs to be stupid easy (as in "I am stupid, make this easy") to use. What are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 27, 2013 - 10 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

Do I have to spend thousands to stream-and-record quality audio & video?

Live streaming video from Conference-setting in Dallas. Advice? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Jun 19, 2013 - 5 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

When should I present this recording to my niece?

A while back my sister left a message on my mom's answering machine, saying "Hi mom, we had a baby girl..." and then she goes on to describe the birth of her daughter and how cute she was, basically leaving an audio record of this wonderful occasion. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to save this recording. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2013 - 33 answers

Looking to easily record streaming audio on my mac OSX 10.6.

I would like to record streaming audio from realplayer and other apps on my Macintosh running OSX 10.6. I am looking for something that is very easy to use. What do you suggest?
posted by citybuddha on Apr 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Best simple way to move something 6 inches remotely

Help me move a microphone which is locked in a box. [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Apr 6, 2013 - 29 answers

Legal advice regarding publishing documentation of sexual assult

The assault occurred in Panama, while I was working for a US-based nonprofit biology field school. I'm Canadian, and never had a contract with this institution. I was assaulted by an American coworker who targets the young women he comes into contact with via this job (and other lines of work, all as a teacher). I have a recording of him admitting what he did, and two recordings of the head of the organization explaining that he wont do anything and that he knows but doesnt care that this person is a predator. The recordings were made without permission. I've been told that the federal funding this organization receives would disappear if I could somehow find that granting agency and contact them with my complaint. What I'd really like to know is whether I could publish my recordings without legal repercussion, or what the outcome might be if I did, regardless. [more inside]
posted by qreus on Apr 6, 2013 - 22 answers

Starting point for creating a dance record?

I want my next album to be a dance record. How? [more inside]
posted by agregoli on Apr 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Good, insightful podcasts

Hi all, I was wondering if you could recommend any podcasts that featured interesting, new and insightful music. Preferably ones that are by musicians or producers/recording engineers. Thanks!
posted by hiddenknives on Mar 27, 2013 - 6 answers

As-Salatu Khayrun-minan Nawm.

I'm in Dubai for the next 24 hours. Where's a publicly accessible and safe spot where I can record the morning call to prayer (fajr) from lots and lots of different mosques at once? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Mar 23, 2013 - 2 answers

iPhone Recording Options

I have a need to record phone conversations that occur on an iPhone. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Mar 22, 2013 - 5 answers

How can I set up a vocal recording studio in my house?

I'm starting to get moderately serious about vocal recordings, and I need some help figuring out which gear is most suitable and how to best set everything up in my small, noisy apartment. [more inside]
posted by semaphore on Mar 2, 2013 - 17 answers

Please help me with my Ableton recording tracks.

Please help me route my Ableton tracks. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Feb 24, 2013 - 7 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

Apparent static coming from microphone

People I talk to on Skype claim to hear static coming from my end. I ran a test in Audacity and I could hear the static as well. The microphone I'm using is an MXL 990 and I'm using and Icicle Preamp (This thing) to connect the mic to my laptop through USB. I'm copying over any and all specs that would help. Here is the link. I've tried disabling my internal mic and that didn't work. Before I got this laptop, I was using a laptop that had XP on it and it worked fine. I did spray febreeze in the room and on the mic so that everything would smell nice (I was trying to clean up the room). I tried using both my internal mic and another USB one and they worked fine. I also tried using a different USB cord to hook up my mic to my laptop and I was told there was static. What should I do? I've been having this problem for a while now and it's starting to get on my nerves. Thanks in advanced.
posted by Flamzeron on Feb 21, 2013 - 13 answers

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