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Maryrrf 23 Jul 08 - 10:50 AM
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Subject: Tech: Recording with Zoom H4 on Audacity
From: Maryrrf
Date: 23 Jul 08 - 10:50 AM

I'm going to be doing some recording tonight using a Zoom H4 as the interface for Audacity. I've laid down a scratch track in stereo. My question, should I record the other tracks (banjo, guitar, vocals) in stereo or mono. I'm using the built in Zoom mic which is stereo, but I'm not sure there is really much difference whether or not I record in stereo or just mono, panned in the middle. The stereo tracks of course take up double the space. Any advice?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Recording with Zoom H4 on Audacity
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 23 Jul 08 - 07:50 PM

"not sure there is really much difference whether or not I record in stereo or just mono, panned in the middle"

Technically, if you record mono - you only have ONE signal. If you record 'stereo', you have 2 slightly different tracks, with differing phase relationships, and thus possibly more of the 'liveliness' of the auditorium.

The rest is up to you...


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Subject: RE: Tech: Recording with Zoom H4 on Audacity
From: M.Ted
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 12:10 AM

I am confused--If you have a stereo scratch track(which would be two tracks) you only have two tracks left, both of which you'd use to record another stereo part--how are you going to record the rest of the parts?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Recording with Zoom H4 on Audacity
From: Maryrrf
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 10:58 AM

I was using the Zoom as an interface to record directly into Audacity.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Recording with Zoom H4 on Audacity
From: M.Ted
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 01:26 PM

Got it. Given that you've got to then mix down, if each part was recorded in stereo, you'd have two track to deal with for each part instead of one, and it would make things more complicated than they needed to be. Given that, I tend to record vocals on two tracks, because it gives me more to work with.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Recording with Zoom H4 on Audacity
From: Maryrrf
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 02:26 PM

I recorded the banjo, guitar and back up vocals in mono last night, and the sound quality was okay, but discovered that Audacity may be too much for my computer when you record directly into it using the Zoom as an interface. There were tiny 'skips' in the recording, I think where Audacity couldn't write to the hard drive fast enough. So I guess I will try recording into the Zoom and loading the finished tracks onto Audacity for editing. That will make lining up the tracks more difficult though.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Recording with Zoom H4 on Audacity
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 02:51 PM

Hi Mary.

I sometimes use the Zoom as an input, coupled with a Digidesign/Analogue interface.

I use Cubase myself, but, multiple tracks are very possible.
It's all down to how big your storage is, and how fast your processing power is (RAM)

As for recording stuff. Mono would be fine for single note instruments (Fiddles, Whistles, etc)
Personally for multistringed instruments (Guitars, Bouzoukis, Dulcimer, Piano etc), I would experiment with Stereo Micing.
It's up to you and your budget, but, with a good set of ears, it's amazing what you can do at home.

It's all down to processing power. The more you've got, the more room you've got for playing about!!!

Obviously, use the best mics you can afford!! (S**t in, S**t out philosophy!)

Good Luck, and look forward to hearing the results.

Regards Ralphie.

(PS. It's all a learning curve, Feel free to ask more questions)


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