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rinemb - Posted - 07/01/2019:  07:48:26


I have a laptop running windows 7. I am wondering if I can get better use of my Blue Yeti usb microphone and record with a virtual mixer and recorder for my computer.
This would be primarily for music sharing and just me singing and playing guitar or banjo.
Your recommendations and suggestions appreciated.

If there is already a prior topic on this matter, please send me the link.
Brad

WVDreamin - Posted - 07/01/2019:  08:56:27


Audacity is my go to. Simple, free. If you plan to record multiple tracks, you have to adjust a setting in the software (search audacity latency adjustment to fix). There are many others. Folks will probably chime in.

I also have an interface to plug analog mics into the comp, but you have usb mic, so the interface would be unnecessary

JoeDownes - Posted - 07/01/2019:  10:55:14


Reaper is great and free to try and cheap if you like it.
reaper.fm/download.php

rinemb - Posted - 07/01/2019:  11:57:58


quote:

Originally posted by WVDreamin

Audacity is my go to. Simple, free. If you plan to record multiple tracks, you have to adjust a setting in the software (search audacity latency adjustment to fix). There are many others. Folks will probably chime in.



I also have an interface to plug analog mics into the comp, but you have usb mic, so the interface would be unnecessary






Free is tempting.  Thanks, Brad

rinemb - Posted - 07/01/2019:  12:00:20


quote:

Originally posted by JoeDownes

Reaper is great and free to try and cheap if you like it.

reaper.fm/download.php






I followed your link.  Looks interesting, and only 60 USDs (in my case).  I like the forum they provide, that seems to have a lot of activity.



BTW, my daughters picked a swell time to be in France, eh.  Today must feel very good for them.  Brad

stevo58 - Posted - 07/03/2019:  22:52:12


Another vote for Reaper. It will do everything you could possibly want, and a lot more you haven’t thought of. I switched from Cubase years ago and have never regretted it. Sixty bucks covers updates through two major versions - so if you buy now (version 5) you won’t have to send him any more money until version 7 is released.

banjoak - Posted - 07/04/2019:  01:52:05


Audacity, might be easy choice for your need (Yeti mic,  just me singing and playing guitar or banjo, sharing). - Is pretty novice user frieindly. IIRC you might still have to separately install LAME and FFmpeg to use/make mp3s and other formats. It's pretty easy though. As mentioned above, take a little time to learn how to set up latency auto correction (so tracks sync up)



To do more than that, Audacity, does have some limits compared to full DAWs... most initially noticeable is in effects editing, and mixing; for example to tweak EQ, or add a little compression, reverb.... While Audacity can apply these effects, it overwrites the original track.  Where actual DAW's just route the track thru a plug-in (eq, reverb, compression...) without changing the track. 



DAWs have many other features and workflow (that might not be important to you); the learning curve is a bit more. Might seem like overkill, bells and whistles, for just acoustic recording.  But some is just better mixing workflow, busing, grouping; over dubbing, punch in/out takes; having multiple simultaneous inputs. More effect/processing plug-ins.  Of course there is also the adding virtual/midi tracks... can be useful to add bass, or little percussion/drum in background; using step/piano roll to input notes; or sync with another program; as well can import midi from notation/tab software.



As far as DAWs for free/cheap thought to mention:




  • Cakewalk Sonar was one of the top powerful DAWs (for Windows), is now called BandLab and for FREE.

  • Ardour (favorite on Linux, but works on OSX and Windows

  • Many others (Pro-Tools, Cubase, Logic...) have free lite versions; which lack some more advanced features, but might work fine many folks (still probably a step up from Audacity).



It's somewhat a balance, Audacity is easy probably lies intimidating, might be all you need (at least at first). You can always import those files into a DAW later.



Edit: IIRC - Blue Yeti comes with DAW, Presonous Studio One... which I think is FREE download (go to Blue site). 


Edited by - banjoak on 07/04/2019 02:06:25

rinemb - Posted - 07/05/2019:  11:04:01


Edit: IIRC - Blue Yeti comes with DAW, Presonous Studio One... which I think is FREE download (go to Blue site). Thx, banjak, I will look into this. Brad

rinemb - Posted - 08/08/2019:  12:02:44


I have finally got my feet wet with computer and digital recording software. I downloaded Audacity and use my Blue Yetti and bought a new set of AKG headphones. Its been fun learning some of its features and in the future plan to buy a software program. Thus, I will keep this Topic and your recommendations in mind. Thanks, Brad

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