this tiny external preamp also looks great and should be in your price range:
yes ive heard of m audio before, cool advice guys! yeah i guess i should start experimenting with different free audio editing softwares before i jump in at the deep end and purchase something, just my parents keep asking me what i want as a birthday gift, they know i wanna make music but they are even more clueless with dj equipment, maybe ill just go for the midi controller that madeon uses! looks so cool, and cant be bad! if it fails, ill just take it back lol. what u reckon guys? any of you have a midi controller?
Hi there from a newbie! For my Masters in audio a few years ago, I recorded a string quartet using 3 different stereo techniques simultaneously (Blumlein, ORTF, and coincident I think). would this be of any use to you?
I could reccomend M Audio. Ozone or Ozonic.
You get midi keyboard, controler and sound card. All in one product. Mic and instrument inputs and outputs. Really good sound quality. Little home studio.
And for software, I always trust Steinberg. Cubase or Nuendo.
Vsti: Steinberg Hypersonic and Tone2 ElectraX
Big disclaimer: I have no direct experience on hardware midi controllers, anyway...
The VST and VSTi earlier mentioned are software effects and instruments in a specific proprietary format (there are others, like AU for Mac).
They generally have a graphical interface with knobs, sliders and other controls you can set with mouse/keyboard. Those controls are usually mapped to specific midi messages, so that you can control them also from the DAW interface, or from an external hardware controller, even live as the DAW is playing. You can also record those live parameter changes in the DAW in what is called an automation track (or you can graphically compose them in the track editor).
There are generic controllers, and some specifically made for a particular DAW (e.g. Ableton) with controls often matching the screen layout.
Hardware midi controllers might not be exactly cheap, and some might say, at least for their own workflow, they'd not be worth the price as they can do everything with mouse/keyboard anyway.
Their main advantages are: we generally have 2 hands (and hey, there are foot controllers too ) but only 1 mouse, so we can tweak more parameters at a time on a hardware controller.
Of course, we might record 2 separate passes, 1 per parameter, but we wouldn't be hearing the combined result while doing the first, it'd be slower, and it'd only work for offline composition. If you need to do that in a live performance, the mouse won't be enough.
Besides, some are more comfortable twisting physical knobs rather than using mouse, that's highly subjective.
I'd suggest to work for some time with one or more DAW to find the one that best fits you, and once you're fluent you'll notice by yourself how much a hardware controller can help/ease/speed up your own workflow.
If you have a smartphone or tablet, you might want to try midi controller apps like these:
I've never used Audacity before, but this week someone drop by asking for help with audacity... and while it can do certain things ok, I wouldn't even consider using it for anything slightly complex. It just can't do many important things.
Protools / Logic / Cubase / Nuendo / Samplitude / Sequoia / Sonar .... and some new breed like Reaper / Studio One ... oh there are so many .
You need versatile multitrack with versatile mixer/effects. Othervise you spend lot of time and get nowhere.
Hey guys & girls!
I'm working on a short film project for college. I really need a voice sample, and unfortunately it's pretty urgent. If any of you could help me out, I'd be the happiest person!
I need the following text in English (african accent is a great plus), or if you can speak any African language or Russian and can translate this, that would be even better!
it doesn't matter if it's a male or female voice, but the subject mentioned in the text is a different sex than the voice. So if you're male, you should replace every "he" in the text to "she" and vice versa. This is a monologue, I need a calm, bit concerned voice.
Here's the text:
"By and large nothing really changed on the border. Obviously we do not have any influence on this whole thing. Perhaps we have nothing to do with it either, but I feel otherwise.
During the observation I realized one thing though. Every time we tried to interact with the subject, the experiment was deemed negative. Yet I feel that he reacts to me somehow.
Apparently he knows everything he does, still he can’t see further a certain point. I can only speculate how we could meddle in this, but even if we do, perhaps we shouldn’t.
I chose to leave the research due to psychological causes. Not all contact will be lost. I’ll be there, really. Perhaps in time, something will change."
Thanks for your help!
A nice source for checking the mic input noise levels:
Thank you very much!
I wouldn't maintain, it would just be an easy way to generate a list for a set of sounds.
We've had some requests for maintaining lists too...
thanks for the advice guys, really appraciaten it. ive heard of midi controllers, not too sure how on earth they work. Like i said, im new to this music editing, and trying to brush up on my knowledge so i can invest in the right stuff, or potentially get the stuff i want from free software. i will check out those links you suggested, can u guys reccomend any midi controllers then?
A nice source for checking the mic input noise levels:
Just to second what matucha said, if you're willing to sacrifice mobility a bit, using an external preamp/small interface + bit bucket will probably give you cleaner results in that price range. Echo's Audiofire4 and Audient's mico come to mind, but there are probably many other good options.
I need the sound of a moose call to pull a funny prank on my friend. If anyone lives near some moose plz can you record a moose or many moose calling or making whatever sound they do. Thank you.
Oh by the way, a big thanks to all of you who have recorded and uploaded beautiful creaky floor sounds...i.e. Ephemeral_Rift and Maximus Dragonus
Hi all, I'm new to this site/community. As you might guess from my tagname, I am a creak sound (of old floors and stairs) lover or more like junkie lol
Do you have a sound or sounds that you just can't get enough of?
I have just done a piano soundtrack for it which would be free for you to use if you like it. I have sent you a message about this in your inbox so you can respond
where can i find samples of existing songs?
example : I'm looking for the samples of The Cure : A forest
I have found it! sorry if I wasted your time and thanks an absolute million for the sound.
I know this is a very old thread, but is the sound file you produced for Bianca still available? (The link doesn't appear to work anymore.)
I am in a similar position to Bianca, parent of an autistic child, but also a teacher and I am providing some Autism training for my colleagues. It is exactly what I am looking for.
Hi i would like a female to say my dj name- Dj Digital Acid -
so i can use it for my dj signature it would be greatly appreciated