: recording software?


redhalton
Apr 21st, 2008, 06:47 AM
Hi

I recently switched from windows to mac. Prior to this switch I used 'audacity' to record and edit events (speakers) Now I've been invited to record another event and I'm not sure how I'm going to handle this. I normally use my windows laptop to record these events and would like to edit this file on my mac.

Any suggestions?

CubaMark
Apr 21st, 2008, 07:07 AM
Welll..... howzabout Audacity (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/15063)?

:)

All the OS X software you will ever want / need can be found at: VersionTracker.com (http://www.versiontracker.com)

M

gwillikers
Apr 21st, 2008, 07:21 AM
Despite CubaMarks excellent reply... here's a recent thread (https://www.ehmac.ca/anything-mac/64034-music-editing-software-best-easiest-use.html) on this topic, as an introduction to alternatives.
But I agree with him, you can just go on using Audacity if you want.

redhalton
Apr 21st, 2008, 08:59 AM
Thanks...I wasn't sure I could take the 'audacity" file from the Windows laptop and edit on my iMac...I'm still not sure, but nobody has said I couldn't, so I'll just go with it and see what happens.


Welll..... howzabout Audacity (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/15063)?

:)

All the OS X software you will ever want / need can be found at: VersionTracker.com (http://www.versiontracker.com)

M

fjnmusic
Apr 21st, 2008, 11:36 AM
I bought a $59 iTalk stereo mic (Griffin, I think) that plugs right into my iPod and records voice memos at CD quality. I've used it for recording live bands even. The voice memos are timecoded and then I just title them whatever I want when I upload them to iTunes. Cheapest and simplest recording alternative I've discovered so far.

Griffin Technology: iTalk Pro (http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/italkpro)

SoyMac
Apr 21st, 2008, 12:51 PM
I bought a $59 iTalk stereo mic
Griffin Technology: iTalk Pro (http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/italkpro)That looks great!
Where'd you get it?

redhalton
Apr 21st, 2008, 03:52 PM
I bought a $59 iTalk stereo mic (Griffin, I think) that plugs right into my iPod and records voice memos at CD quality. I've used it for recording live bands even. The voice memos are timecoded and then I just title them whatever I want when I upload them to iTunes. Cheapest and simplest recording alternative I've discovered so far.

Griffin Technology: iTalk Pro (http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/italkpro)

Ya I have one of these and have used it on occassion--my only complaint is I can only get an hour +/- and my ipod is a 30 gig only 6 months old.

Thanks......

fjnmusic
Apr 21st, 2008, 04:07 PM
If you can't say it an hour, perhaps it's not worth saying. Kidding! I got mine at London Drugs over in the iPods accessories section.

hayesk
Apr 21st, 2008, 04:13 PM
Thanks...I wasn't sure I could take the 'audacity" file from the Windows laptop and edit on my iMac...I'm still not sure, but nobody has said I couldn't, so I'll just go with it and see what happens.

You can export from Audacity to WAV or AIFF. Then you'll get a clean uncompressed audio file that can import into any Mac audio application - including Audacity, GarageBand, SoundStudio, etc.

SoyMac
Apr 21st, 2008, 06:03 PM
Ya I have one of these and have used it on occassion--my only complaint is I can only get an hour +/- and my ipod is a 30 gig only 6 months old....Only an hour of audio on 30 gigs?!
Thanks for the tip. That rules out using an iPod as my gig recorder. :(

fjnmusic
Apr 21st, 2008, 11:40 PM
Only an hour of audio on 30 gigs?!
Thanks for the tip. That rules out using an iPod as my gig recorder. :(

I suspect that isn't right. I recorded a good half an hour the other night on my 8GB Nano with plenty of room to spare. You can also adjust for high/low resolution, but I was recording at high. A 7:21 recording came out as a 74 MB WAV file which compressed down to about 10MB in MP3 format. I would think a 30 GB iPod would give you more than 30 hours of uncompressed audio recording. Your battery would run out before your memory does. Call me crazy.

redhalton
Apr 22nd, 2008, 06:30 AM
Only an hour of audio on 30 gigs?!
Thanks for the tip. That rules out using an iPod as my gig recorder. :(

No..I was speaking about the length of time my battery will last while recording!

SoyMac
Apr 22nd, 2008, 11:03 AM
.... I would think a 30 GB iPod would give you more than 30 hours of uncompressed audio recording. ...

Whew! That's better! :rolleyes:

Where did you get your iTalk?

fjnmusic
Apr 22nd, 2008, 11:46 AM
I got mine at my friendly neighborhood London Drugs.

the_human_body
Apr 22nd, 2008, 11:59 AM
Only an hour of audio on 30 gigs?!
Thanks for the tip. That rules out using an iPod as my gig recorder. :(

Have you seen the Alesis iMultimix?

rack:
iMultiMix 9R (http://www.alesis.com/imultimix9r)

table-top
iMultiMix 16 USB (http://www.alesis.com/imultimix16usb)

Could work out great as your "gig" recorder.

Macified
Apr 22nd, 2008, 01:02 PM
If we're moving away from simple computer only recording...

Check out the Zoom H2/H4 units. $229-$349 from Log & McQuade.

I have an H2 that I use for in-field recording. Can also be used a microphone input directly on the computer allowing for recording through your choice of software. Supports stereo or surround recording with either a 90 or 120 degree spread on stereo or 4-channel surround. And it fits in a pocket.

Since you are not new to in-field recording you already know that microphone placement is critical for a good recording. If you are sitting 80 feet from a speaker and your microphone is in your lap, that's what you'll hear with an H2. It records very well but you can only get out what you put in.

Good luck.

fjnmusic
Apr 22nd, 2008, 04:28 PM
Those are pretty good options, although more expensive. How much memory does it take to record multi-track to an iPod? I presume battery life is a non-issue if you're plugged in. The Griffin iTalk ($59) is more of a replacement for the old-fashioned portable cassette recorder (complete with condenser mic with built in compressor) and makes for a great musical notepad. The sound is pretty darn clear, considering how small the mics are, bass response is great, and the fact that all sound files get time-tagged makes organization a breeze. And the price is cheap. I wouldn't use it for professional quality recordings, but hey, that's what studios are for.

:)