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Hussein Baghdadi
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Hey,
I want to record my guitar playing, what do I need (I mean both, software and equipments)?
By the way, what is the difference between GarageBand and Logic Pro (other than the license)?
Thanks for help and time.
marc weber
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I haven't dug into the software enough to say much, except that GarageBand is terrific to start with, and the files can open right up in Logic if you upgrade later.

See MacWorld - Logic Studio versus GarageBand.

I can tell you that one of the most important links in the chain is your analog to digital converter (aka recording interface). This is the hardware that you plug your analog inputs into (guitar, mic, etc.), and it converts the signals to digital. With a simple adaptor, you can plug your guitar directly into the computer, but the internal soundcard probably isn't going to give you the quality you want.

See About.com - How To Select an Audio Recording Interface for some basics. (I use a PreSonus FireBox, but this is probably outdated now.)


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Hussein Baghdadi
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marc weber wrote:

I can tell you that one of the most important links in the chain is your analog to digital converter (aka recording interface). This is the hardware that you plug your analog inputs into (guitar, mic, etc.), and it converts the signals to digital. With a simple adaptor, you can plug your guitar directly into the computer, but the internal soundcard probably isn't going to give you the quality you want.


I don't play Electric/Jazz/Bass guitar, I play Spanish guitar, does this change what you said?
So basically, I what I need is the Mic, right?
Sorry, but I don't know anything about this.
marc weber
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John Todd wrote:...I don't play Electric/Jazz/Bass guitar, I play Spanish guitar, does this change what you said?
So basically, I what I need is the Mic, right? ...

That doesn't change anything about having a quality analog to digital converter. You will just be plugging your mic into that convertor. (In fact, using a mic with an amp is still the best way to record an electric guitar too, because the amp is really part of the instrument.)

So yes, for hardware, you want a decent mic and analog to digital convertor.

Musicians Friend has an amazing deal on a MXL MXLV63M now: A $400 mic for $70 (including a cable)!

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MXL-V63M-Studio-Condenser-Microphone-with-Shockmount?sku=273158

Guitar Center is selling this mic for $80 (without cable)...

http://www.guitarcenter.com/MXL-V63M-Studio-Condenser-Microphone-with-Shockmount-772544-i1126977.gc

(I use an Audio-Technica AT2020. Nothing fancy or too expensive, but it does what I need.)
 
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