Can I mix tracks (voice/guitar/keyboard/voice2) online, or do I need to buy a mixer? My aim is to stay simple and keep the cost down ... but still end up with a pro-quality result. Suggestions for equipment needed, how to do it, and/or where to learn to do it are much appreciated.
Additional note: Looks like I need an audio interface to use with the online mixing software. Motu? Focusrite? Another?
Hello Don, I'm probably the least qualified to give advice on anything regarding recording, mixing, or anything else in a digital age, however I've figured out that you will probably need to get an audio interface and a DAW. I've been checking out the PreSonus Audio box 96, which comes with Studio One Artist DAW. I would suggest looking at the vast array of interfaces and DAW's. I prefer working with Sweetwater in Fort Wayne Indiana, their support staff is superb, and the prices are reasonable, check them out at Sweetwater.com. If you can, search youtube and take a look at some of the DAW tutorials there also. There are also several on this site that are pretty savy when it comes to home recording studios. Hope this helps, good luck and best wishes,
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I went ahead and ordered a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface. That will at least get things rolling, and I hear it works well with Windows 10. I've dusted off my guitar, and I'm working on getting my fingers toughened back up. The interface comes with two DAWs: Ableton Live Lite and Pro Tools First Focus rite Creative Pack. Plus, I have Adobe Audition (that's a DAW too, I believe). My, how things have changed. I was tromping around Music Row in the 90's with cassette tape demos I made at home with a little mixer/recorder combo. Forget the brand/model.
You touched on something interesting there, Don - the need for an audio interface. I am really only recording vocals and use a USB mic that plugs directly into my PC. However, I wonder if it might not sound better going through a hardware audio interface. Anyone like to offer an opinion?
As for DAWs, I'm not familiar with Adobe Audition. I believe that it's subscription based, so you never actually own it. I would worry that I might get fed up paying the subscription and then lose the ability to access all my projects. Older versions could be bought outright, but I believe they are no longer supported by Adobe. This is all just from a quick Google around. You might be just as well to use the Ableton or Pro Tools that come with the interface. I think the full up version of Pro Tools is also a subscription service. In fact, it looks like the free version restricts you to storing projects on the cloud (not locally on your computer) and only 3 of them before you need to pay $4.99 a month: https://www.pro-tools-expert.com/home-page/2016/9/9/pro-tools-126-pricing-and-upgrades-sf7r6
Apart from the financial considerations, I don't like the idea of having to be online to work on a project, so Ableton would seem like a good choice just off the top of my head :). The negative comments I see about Ableton seem to be about it being difficult to learn, but I can't really comment on that. I don't use either. I use Mixcraft.
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