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(@plot36)
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OK, so been learning for 10 weeks and this is my first attempt at recording anything - 3 weeks ago I could barely play a chord, so I'm pleased with this (but I'm easily pleased :) ).

<a href=" http://www.soundclick.com/util/getplayer.m3u?id=3614537&q=hi " target="_blank">12BB</a>

 
Posted : 09/03/2006 11:06 pm
(@plot36)
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OK - so how do I post links? The URL is http://www.soundclick.com/util/getplayer.m3u?id=3614537&q=hi

 
Posted : 09/03/2006 11:09 pm
(@plot36)
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Oh that's clever - it does it for me! The wonders of modern technology - eeh when arr were a lad

 
Posted : 09/03/2006 11:11 pm
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Plot36

That was a good recording, nice and clear and warm.

For just playing 10 weeks that was very good. You are changing chords quickly and on time, and your strumming was pretty even.

So keep up the good work. :D

If you know something better than Rock and Roll, I'd like to hear it - Jerry Lee Lewis

 
Posted : 10/03/2006 1:53 am
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Hi Plot 36
I agree with Wes, 10 weeks of playing and you are good.
And for a first time recording, its good.
But I can hear some distorsion that can be due to overdriving the Soundcard input.
You may need reduce the level out from the Mcro Cube a bit.

But on the other hand , the distorsion could also be from the selected FX settings in the Micro Cube.

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Posted : 10/03/2006 5:21 am
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Thanks for the encouragement guys - I'll keep plugging away. And thanks for the advice on the distortion Kalle. I had all the effects set to zero so I think it must be a case of overdriving the soundcard - I had the volume near max. Would using one of the mixers recommended by Greybeard (in the In the studio/Garageband thread) improve matters at all?

 
Posted : 10/03/2006 6:18 am
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Hi Plot36
A mixer can give the same overdriving problem !
You always need to set the output level (from any device) below the clipping level of the soundcard input.
As you dont have a input level meter in the PC (showing how close the signal is to clipping limits) you need to use your ears. Connect headphones to the PC/Laptop and listen to the input signal. Then reduce output signal from the Micro Cube until you don´t hear any distorsion when playing clean but hard on the guitar. Then mark the position of the output level knob on the Micro Cube as max level for recording.

Tanglewood TW28STE (Shadow P7 EQ) acoustic
Yamaha RGX 320FZ electric guitar/Egnater Tweaker 15 amp.
Yamaha RBX 270 bass/Laney DB 150 amp.
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Posted : 10/03/2006 10:49 am
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So 3 weeks on I thought I'd try another very short recording http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=502638

I'd be interested to know whether anyone feels there's been any improvement - be as brutally honest as you like - I have a very thick skin. Same set-up as last time guitar -> microcube (clean) -> garageband

 
Posted : 30/03/2006 9:21 pm
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Plot36

I think you improved well, your changes were smoother than before. This was a much better recording as well. Nice warm tone too, better than the first recording.

My only advice is to slow down the tempo a little. Nothing wrong at all playing it at this speed, but it sounds a little rushed. So relax and give it a little more groove.

If you know something better than Rock and Roll, I'd like to hear it - Jerry Lee Lewis

 
Posted : 30/03/2006 9:28 pm
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Hi Wes, thanks for the encouragement. I think you're right about the tempo - a case of trying to walk before I can crawl! I'll work on it. The improvement in recording quality is down to Kalle's advice.

 
Posted : 31/03/2006 7:23 am
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What Wes said :D Your doing good for as long as you have been playing :!: Keep it up :!: --the dog

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Posted : 31/03/2006 12:46 pm
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So this is what it sound's like you you plug your guitar directly into the computer.

Dang, it sounds alot better then my amp-microphone- computer setup.

"Like the coldest winter chill. Heaven beside you. Hell within." -Jerry Cantrell

 
Posted : 01/04/2006 6:36 am
(@plot36)
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Not quite direct - going via a Roland Microcube. I'm using a Powerbook G4.

 
Posted : 01/04/2006 6:47 am