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]
Is there a way to set up some sort of dictation system in which you can talk into a microphone while out walking around and have the words transmitted back to your computer? [more inside]
Does anyone have any awesome tips, tricks, hacks, etc. for becoming a Garageband (11) hero? If so, this is the AskMe where you would post them and garner the favorites and best answers you so crave. [more inside]
Free recording/editing programs more advanced than Audacity? [more inside]
What songs have beats that just demand you hit the dance floor? Which of those beats would translate well to minimal rock/funk/dancepunk music? Where can I find those sorts of loops for Garageband or Logic Pro? [more inside]
New to home-recording and need recommendations for a condenser mic, reference monitors, a few other things. [more inside]
Would you recommend some very high fidelity nature sounds recordings? I am especially interested in ocean waves / beach sounds. The 1080p stuff on youtube is just not cutting it. And it's impossible to tell the audio quality of CD samples. The higher the quality the better.
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?
Help me identify movies that feature the recording of one's life events. I am looking to develop a strategy for a website or an app like Path, and I would like to include references to movies. [more inside]
Is it possible to record video from two sources simultaneously on a Mac and/or sync up the video somehow? [more inside]
Why are singers using headphones while recording? [more inside]
I'm looking for the cheapest and/or easiest way to capture and compile segments of certain television news and comedy shows in full HD from a standard set-top box, then export them as a single HD presentation (either as a file or maybe as a Blu-ray disk). Luckily, I'm not starting completely from scratch. I already have MacBook Pro (2010) Final Cut Studio (the 2006 release I think but certainly not the most current version) and Adobe Creative Suite CS5 Master Collection. What more do I need (some type of capture device I assume) and what's the best workflow given the heavy duty software package? This project is NOT intended for any kind of sale or public distribution but instead is part of a school project.
What would be a good camera to set up a stream from out of my window? And is this legal? [more inside]
Best solution for recording phone interviews. Here's my equipment: iPhone, MacBook, iPad. I'm a blogger, and I've been recording my interviews into a recording app on my iPad, or into garageband on my mac, using my iPhone on speakerphone. I'd prefer to not use speakerphone, as it cuts out and sounds like a walkie-talkie. I have an important interview coming up, and I'd like to up my game audio fidelity-wise without buying any other gear. What's my best solution?
I have an iPad2, a Peavy PV10 mixing board, several reasonable microphones (sm57, e835), and many acoustic and electric instruments. I do not have a computer that is anything other than ancient. What is going to be the best way to rig this all up for the best multitrack sound recording? [more inside]
How can I outfit my car with an automatic recording device to protect myself and my passengers from crime and civil rights violations? [more inside]
YANALFilter: I want to prepare a release form that gives me rights to use recordings I make of literary performances on the internet and radio. What should be included? [more inside]
Can anyone reccomend a quality dictaphone (up to £150) for recording interviews in noisy enviroments?
Sound engineers, please give me some great ideas for making my home studio acoustically stable on a budget. [more inside]
Help a complete newb create high quality ambient recordings of spaces (need recommendations on equipment, and software)
Help a complete newb create high quality ambient recordings of spaces (need recommendations on equipment, and software) [more inside]
Another LogicPro question. Actually 2 problems: (1) It seems impossible to follow the manual's instructions on editing multiple takes within one track (I can't "click-drag" on a MacBook). (2) I'm getting a weird error message. Details inside. [more inside]
Where do I find a portable and programmable sound board-like thing? [more inside]
I need a basic landline phone recording lead like this. I might not have enough time to order one online. Can I make one myself? How would I do that? (Bonus question: Where can I buy one in Sydney?) [more inside]
I am recording a list of names on Audacity. Usually, when I go wrong, I know I've gone wrong. I'd like to be able to rewind to where I was about to go wrong and re-record over the wrong one, rather than adding a new version of the name after the wrong one then going back later to cut out the mistakes. So the ideal: "Peter, John, Rabbit" [rewinds to end of John] "Robert, Paul ... " and I end up with a tape saying "Peter, John, Robert, Paul ..." rather than "Peter, John, Rabbit, Robert, Paul ..." [more inside]
Long distance podcasting: equipment, software, and how to make it work. [more inside]
One mic or two? I am recording myself on the shakuhachi more and more these days, and I'm in the process of building up a recording set-up. I have one professional audio engineer friend who says I only need one mic, and another very knowledgeable friend who says I will definitely do better with two. My lack of knowledge about the subject knows no bounds, and much of the information online is confusing or incomplete. [more inside]
Thanks to the ever-wonderful advice of AskMeFi, I picked up a Mackie Onyx mixer which I've been using with Reaper to record a small band, and I am perfectly pleased. In order to hear ourselves live using the mixer's low latency, the audio out from the mixer is being piped out over unbalanced stereo that passes next to a wall full of electrical wiring and into a 1/4"-1/8" converter into the line-in of my computer's speakers. It is roughly as awful as it sounds. [more inside]
I want to record LP's using a Windows XP external soundcard. [more inside]
Another LogicPro question: What did I accidentally do to one of my guitar tracks that caused it to stop playing back properly? [more inside]
My small a cappella singing group is recording a CD and needs to know about licensing of copyrighted songs before we sell copies of our CD. [more inside]
How do American sound technicians make a folk/blues guitar sound really pop? [more inside]
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]
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]
Seeking USB hub with audio in, or some other way to use my pro mic with my MacMini. [more inside]
I remember seeing a reference somewhere on mefi float by that I can't find anymore. There was a young girl (8-13?) who had hand-written a design for a video game and someone interviewed her about it, possibly her father. She went into great detail in an audio-only recording about this Portal-like game she made, and somewhere there was a link to the audio and the hand drawn pictures of several horizontally laid out levels. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
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]
So, I have this song allegedly performed in Haitian Creole. What are they singing? Can you divine a title? [more inside]
What's the current state-of-the-art for recording a telephone conversation? [more inside]
Geetar-filter: What axe/fx achieved the sound of Lenny Kaye's wonderful solo on "Pissing In A River"?
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]
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]
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]
What microphone should I use in rural Ghana? [more inside]
What device / technology should I use to record interactive lectures at home and publish them online? [more inside]
Has anyone ever attempted to find sound recordings out in the world that weren't made with human technology? [more inside]
20 years ago, at a concert in Toronto, Etta James sang a song that my partner fell in love with. To the best of her recollection it had the lyric, "why was was I born green, instead of blue -like everybody else?" I've googled around but can't narrow my results down to anything useful. Does anyone know what the title of this song might be and if there is a recording of it available?
What connection kit and software do you recommend for amp modeling and recording guitar on iOS? I'd like to plug the guitar into the connector, pick an amp, record stuff, then get the audio files either off the device or into other apps for mixing.
Hey, anybody got an end-to-end solution to do set-it-and-forget-it style timeshifting of Justin.tv streams? [more inside]
how to hook up Record, Lexicon Alpha, and my Guitar? [more inside]
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]