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Old 07-30-2010, 10:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I really wanna get some of my songs down on a demo. When i use my laptops recorder, it makes the guitar way to distored, should I put the amp in another room then see if that works or find a new way to record the sound???
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How exactly are you recording? Be specific.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I got no mic right now so I'm near the latop when I record and I got my amp on and playing the guitar at the same time but I don't know if the aqmp is way to loud or w/e but my guitar just sounds way to distorted when i play it back
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Old 07-31-2010, 12:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yea, chances are, if your recording is distorted, you were far too loud. For the laptop mic.

Do yourself (and anyone else who hears your recordings) a favor and buy the following: A decent microphone and an audio interface.
You'll get far better results.
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ill need more money then since only one thing can be plugged into my amp at a time =\. Ill have to work on tht then, thx
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ill need more money then since only one thing can be plugged into my amp at a time =\. Ill have to work on tht then, thx
The microphone gets plugged into the audio interface, and the audio interface gets plugged into your computer. The only thing that should be getting plugged into your guitar amp is your guitar. The microphone records what's coming out of the guitar amp speakers.

You can use the same mic to record the guitar and your vocals if you want, and you're better off recording each thing separately. You can do that provided your music program is a multi-track program. Doing that will give you control of each recorded thing separately.
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Old 08-01-2010, 05:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ohh, alright then sounds good haha. Thank you and I'll get working on tht soon then haha. Thanks =D
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:45 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I got no mic right now so I'm near the latop when I record and I got my amp on and playing the guitar at the same time but I don't know if the aqmp is way to loud or w/e but my guitar just sounds way to distorted when i play it back
i did exactly this for a few years and Dali is right. a slight investment in recording gear would make a WORLD of difference in quality. in the meantime the only solution is the painstaking process of adjusting your amp levels to the recording device. so it might not sound loud 'enough' on the floor when you're playing (especially in a live band setting) but the recording quality will increase significantly.

problem is the only way to test and figure out what those sweet settings are is trial and error.

also if you use a lot of live effects, turn them down a notch, then turn them down a little more before recording (especially fuzz or flanger). less is always WAY more when it comes to recording effects.
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thx, Ill do this then in the meantime since Im looking for a job to pay for all the things i need. Thank you all
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no worries, we all started somewhere, i scraped the leftovers of $5/hour for my first few guitars. if you come up with any other questions or run into any other hassles don't hesitate to ask
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