The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #138885   Message #3180600
Posted By: Rob Naylor
03-Jul-11 - 05:59 AM
Thread Name: Home recording device for practising?
Subject: RE: Home recording device for practising?
All I use for this purpose is the small microphone that came with my computer and a piece of free downloadable software called AUDACITY.

cost: Precisely nothing.

You can do some basic editing with Audacity, and add tracks, remove them, export as MP3 files and various other things. I think that for a piece of freeware it's a brilliant application. For what I do, which sounds similar to what you're wanting to do, I've not come up against its limitations yet.

This morning I've just recorded a "four parter": I recorded me singing and playing guitar on a song on one track, then played the track back through headphones while a put a lead guitar part on it, played the thing back again and added some mandolin, then a 4th time to add some vocal harmonies, then mixed it all down to output as am MP3 file.