Recording My Band to a Computer

by sam
(pittsburgh, pa)

I am wondering how to get from drum mikes as well as a guitar and piano and microphone to a computer. I have been told I need a recording interface, but i don't know what that means. I'm not super serious about music but I'm excited about the prospect of recording my band's stuff. Please give me a general synopsis as well as specific products that you recommend.


Hi, Sam--

The recording interface is just a glorified tape recorder that will record multiple tracks at once and then allow you to transfer the tracks to your computer.

I looked around and found one that would be perfect for your situation. The Zoom R16 Multi-Tracker is a digital multi-track recorder, an audio interface and a control surface, providing you with all the tools necessary to create studio-quality recordings anywhere.

It has built in mics, but you may want to use external mics of your own. It comes with a rudimentary DAW program (digital audio workstation) for producing your recordings. You may want to upgrade to a more comprehensive program later.

All in all, this little gem is the perfect way to get started recording your band without making a huge monetary investment.


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