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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Need advice on posting some audio


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Eric A - Posted - 12/15/2019:  07:52:33


Not sure where to put this, so Mods please move if necessary.



I'm thinking about posting some audio, but I am technologically challenged, and would appreciate some guidance. I'm on a Macbook Pro, so I'm thinking I can use GarageBand (I've never used it) to record, just with whatever mic is in the Macbook, save as Mp3, then post to BHO.



Will this be satisfactory? Will I need an actual microphone? Will I need some other software download entirely?  I want this to be easy.  If it's a big PITA, I probably won't even bother.



Help!

TYIA


Edited by - Texasbanjo on 12/15/2019 08:18:06

kmwaters - Posted - 12/15/2019:  08:47:33


It would probably come out better if you had a mic like Snowball - plug it in to the computer and go. I set mine on the desk right in front of me and the banjo. If you use Audacity just open the program and click the red dot. Snowball connects via usb which makes it easy.


Edited by - kmwaters on 12/15/2019 08:56:08

J.Albert - Posted - 12/16/2019:  15:25:57


You're going to want a better mic. The built in MB mic ain't up to the task.



A USB mic will do the job, but don't get a dirt-cheap one.



One recommendation:

Make sure ANY USB mic you have comes with a headphone jack on the mic itself. You need this for latency-free monitoring as you record.

Investigate this carefully!



GarageBand is a good software tool for the job.

There may be a slight "learning curve" to get it going.

YouTube videos can help for this.



The BEST WAY if you find yourself "getting into it":

- Get a USB audio interface with 2 XLR inputs (such as a Focusrite)

- Get a couple of modest mics that use XLR connections (such as small-diameter or larger-diameter condensers)

- A couple of XLR mic cables and stands


Edited by - J.Albert on 12/16/2019 15:28:04

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