Recording To MD Via A Mixing Desk

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Hello!
Member Since: Jan 12, 2004

Hi Folks

I have booked some practice sessions in a local studio for some prep before I hit the live gigs.

I have scheduled 3 one and a half hour sessions in the studio costing me about 12 per sesh. Not bad as the studio is kitted oot with a decent mixing desk.

I plan on using my backing track (modified versions of all my songs recorded) and playing live guitars/live vocals via the desk. Geetar will go via VAMP2 straight into the desk.

My question: How good a sound would I get recording to a portable MiniDisc?? I am only looking to get an idea on how I am sounding before I go live but I thought this may be a good idea for a test. I thought I could probs just line out the mixing desk to the MD??

Anyone tried this before? the desks are good from memory - big powered mixers. As I will be controlling my whole session via the desk the mix will be taken care off too!

Input will be most greatfully received.

Cheers

Coco.

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Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
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Since: May 10, 2002


Aug 11, 2004 10:53 pm

I've done a number of stereo live recordings to mini disk using a portable recorder and a small mixing board. Turned out very well. The sound quality is quite acceptable for recording to software and recording to cd.

Hello!
Member
Since: Jan 12, 2004


Aug 12, 2004 06:22 am

Nice one Walt..

I am going to use this to see how the sound is "Live" and I'll use it to track progress so I know when it sounds good enough to get some gigs in the go.

I've considered I could do this at the actual gig too - make a live recording.

Question tho - how many larger powered mixers would have the relevant output. I think the mini disc I have (its a wee Sony) has a 1/8 jack in so am gonny need another special cable eh! Output most likely to be 1/4 to 1/8, in which case, will this be mono??

Cheers guys.

Coco.

...bringing sexy back
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Since: Jul 01, 2002


Aug 12, 2004 11:41 am

id use a 1/8 to 1/8 cable, with a 1/4 adapter...you got a dixons local to you? i know we sell all the gear...


Hello!
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Since: Jan 12, 2004


Aug 12, 2004 03:54 pm

Flame - Dixons has just shut a stackload of stores in Scotland for some reason :-(

I do have sound control and a good deal of other such shops (Edinburgh is FULL of shops to my annoyance and the wifes great pleasure!!). I'll check oot the mixing desk in the studio Im going to practice in and I'll see what the oots are.

Then I'll most probably have a guy make me a custom lead (I get all my leads like that - the boy uses Neutrik jacks and good leads to the exact size I need) and I'll see what he can do.

Has anyone had clipping issues doing this kinda thing?

Cheers guys...

Coco.

pSyChOTTic-da caps spell me name
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Since: Aug 07, 2004


Aug 12, 2004 07:15 pm

Hey coco. My mp3's that you might have heard were mixed onto MD. Until I get a MasterLink, I mix everything to MD and I'm satisfied with the results (I've gotta be cuz I can't afford a MasterLink yet LOL). Good Luck.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Member
Since: May 10, 2002


Aug 13, 2004 09:33 am

Any mixer that has main outs will work just fine. I picked up a tiny Behringer for around $50.00 US that has fine little pre amps. I picked up an 1/8 Inch stereo to to RCA "Y" cable and put RCA to 1/4 Inch adapters on it to plug into the mixer. There I looked up the mixer it's a UB802. Anyway the whole kit packs into a bref case minus the mic stand(s) and cables. Absolutely great for recording while on vacation etc. If your really good with your ears you can set up a pretty nice live array (my favorite is a Decca Tree using 4 mics) and do a live mix down to two channels. The results can be absolute fabulous for the amount of gear one has to tote.

...bringing sexy back
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Since: Jul 01, 2002


Aug 13, 2004 12:51 pm

Quote:
Flame - Dixons has just shut a stackload of stores in Scotland for some reason :-(


thats cos we're slowly and surely going bust...made huge losses xmas 02 (like, the time when we're meant to be making money) and even more losses last one.

bit of insider information for ya there...

Hello!
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Since: Jan 12, 2004


Aug 13, 2004 03:36 pm

Aye...I did not know that. I always found Dixons pretty expensive anyways...I dont mind paying the sheckles for good stuff but alas, I can get custom made stuff with better jacks and leads for around the same dough.

Though, they used to be good for some stuff. Cheap scart leads and stuff like that but proper audio leads I used to get from a wee electrics shop in Edinburgh, top notch stuff.

Shame to see it go tho - I know a couple of folk who worked in one of the Edi branches...now lookin for a new job.

Coco.

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