Recording BOOTH for vocals and guitars- Suggestions please?

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Member Since: Nov 13, 2002

I'm a videographer who occasionally gets involved in community music projects which require guitars and vocals for the soundtrack.

Rather than set up a recording studio for the very occasional recordings, I am presently constructing a well insulated (9ft x 6ft) BOOTH next to my home computer editing room.

My question is simple, for which I would greatly appreciate any advice... What would you suggest to get the sound from my booth to my computer?

I would like to stay in the digital realm for quality, but only require one track as I would only be recording one instrument at a time.

Is there an economical way (and very simple way) of achieving a good booth set-up?

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Nov 13, 2002 01:40 pm

My personal suggestion:

Put a microphone jack or two and a 1/4" jack or two in the wall of your iso booth, then run some wire from those jacks to your PC desk. Get a small mixer (Behringer 602 would be fine;bfmtype=gear ) and tun the mixer into your sound card.

The obvious question now is what type of sound card do you currently have?

Since: Apr 19, 2002

Nov 13, 2002 01:32 pm

Can you tell us more about your PC (Processor, Ram, OS)? that's important for recommending a soundcard.

- Well, if you only need to record one track at a time then I recommend the M-Audio Audiophile 24/96. I have one and only have good things to say about it.
- In case you don't have the software yet, you might consider Cakewalk SONAR 2.
- A good mic and compressor is also adviceable. I have an Audio Technica AT 3035 and like it a lot. Other members have the Oktava 319 and they say is very good for vocals. The sure sm57 for miking an amp.

Hey C.J., can you tell us a little more about the way you are building that booth??
I'am very interested in building one too but I'd like to know some tips. (if you know of an article or something)

I'd really appreciate your help!!

Since: Nov 13, 2002

Nov 14, 2002 01:00 am

Many thanks for the suggestions so far. In answer to your queries, as I build computers as a hobby, I have Pentium 4's with 2GB processors and 1 GB memory, yadda, yadda. The soundcard is basic and can get a very upmarket one if needed to suit the mixer. As for the booth, it's brick walled and cement floored, two layers on plaserboard with 2" gaps and gyprock sound filler, with foam acoustic covering and a double sound door between the booth and the office.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Nov 14, 2002 05:22 am

WOW, that is quite the booth! And yes, a higher-end sound card could possibly be needed, if the one you have has worked for you, it may not be the first thing you need, the first thing would be to run those mic and 1/4" jack lines and get a mixer. I just recommended a couple of each since sometimes things are double-miked or you are record a couple background singers, ya know, the stuff like that. Even if they are running to the same track on the PC the double miking might be necessary at some point.

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