Easiest multi track recording

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Member Since: Jun 13, 2009


I am just trying to find the simplest multi track recording software. I'm not intending to use it for production or anything, just to use the multi track to design some songs for a friend and i and see how they sound. Any recommendations for a simple program that will do this? I've just been using the sound recorder that comes with windows which has gotten the job done, but I need multitrack. Any suggestions appreciated!

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Since: Feb 07, 2005

Jun 13, 2009 02:58 am

Well I would say that Reaper may be your best bet cause it is really cheap (free to try). Essentially they are all the same as far as a learning curve goes. Might as well use a product that is really inexpensive for now.

'The Flying Dutchman'
Since: Jan 11, 2006

Jun 13, 2009 03:17 am

Or Kristal


Since: Jun 13, 2009

Jun 13, 2009 05:44 am

I say go with Cool Edit Pro 2.1

It's free and virtually EVERY popular multitrack recording program out there is based on it's platform in some way or another.
It's as simple or as in depth as you want it to be.

Also, it does multitrack recording if you have the hardware.
Get yourself a handful of USB sound cards for about 6 bucks each on Ebay and each one is a stereo track or 2 mono tracks.

Get yourself a good external USB hub with a wallwart power supply, load it up with a half dozen USB cards and you have 12 channels that can record simultaneously.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jun 13, 2009 03:50 pm

Just a quick note on CEP 2.1 and USB hubs.

CEP 2.1 if found for free is cracked or pirated software and not supported by many audio interface maker's.
CEP 2.1 is not supported any longer and many windows updates have rendered it unusable in many cases and it is not compatible with many newer interfaces.

And on the USB interface's through a USB hub. That is a huge no no and it says so right in the owners manuals of any respected interface's documentation. It actually can cause miss communication.

Since: Jul 02, 2003

Jun 13, 2009 09:57 pm

I'd second Reaper, as of 3.0 it's really shaping up nicely and the price is very reasonable at ~$60. They keep going like they are and they are going to start really put the sqeeze on the major DAW's out there.


I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Jun 14, 2009 12:01 am

+1 for Kristal if you're looking for entry-level, bare-bones multitrack recording. It's perfect for no-frills, beginner's digital recording.

If you want do dig a little deeper and experiment with some more advanced features, then definitely give the Reaper demo a try. If you find yourself using the things that Reaper can do that Kristal can't, then drop the $50 or whatever on Reaper and you'll be set for a while.

Since: Aug 28, 2007

Jul 06, 2009 05:13 am

I would go for acoustica mixcraft 4.5

It is really simple to use. I have used Kristal and Reaper ..before.

Typo Szar
Since: Jul 04, 2002

Jul 06, 2009 09:33 am

Garage band?

Since: May 10, 2008

Aug 10, 2009 12:25 pm

if you have a mac garageband is simply genius.

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