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Old 08-04-2013, 02:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hello and hye everyone,

I tried to write a song (edit0 with a software. I have a synthesizer and a PC installed with Magix Music Maker Basic, i have also installed Audacity, LMMS. My problem is when i started to record a song. Up until now i can't record any song because i've encountered a problem where i can't record my song so that i can later edit it. I've tried Magix Music Maker Basic (paid version) but i still cant record the song so that later i can edit it. Same goes with LMMS.....i've tried using MIDI and also direct recording but i always encountered a problem.....so can anyone help me on how to record a song using software, synthesizer and a PC and also a step by step guidelines.....Thanks.
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Old 12-23-2013, 12:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I know it sounds basic, but have you checked that all of your audio equipment is working? Is your computer picking up your mic? You should be able to test this if you go to control panel. If it is picking up your mic, are there any other programs running simultaneously to your recording software that could be interfering with it? For example, if I run a video program at the same time as google live chat, then one or the other refuses to work.

Have you tried checking the preferences in Audacity to make sure that it's picking up audio from the correct input?

I would suggest checking out some youtube tutorials if you can find any that explore your specific problem, or, if you can, going into a skype or google live conversation with someone familiar with Audacity, as you can screenshare.

I have used Audacity before myself, but not for a long time. I currently use Garageband, which I find much easier to operate, AND a far more capable program, however, it only runs on Mac unfortunately. If you are interested on trying other types of software though, then you might be able to get an old version of Logic, which is similar to Garageband but more advanced. Newer versions of Logic have been released on Mac only, but older editions are available on Windows too, I believe.

Reason is another program that seems fairly popular - I've not used it myself, but some people seem to have gotten good results with it.
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah....try using ableton free trial?
can't get that to load. I'm looking for a more intuitive program. I'm dumb around this stuff
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Try BandInABox.
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Try BandInABox.
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Old 04-06-2014, 12:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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not free
Free to try.

Unless you understand VST's, MIDI, and DAWS you're gonna pay for something to get you across that learning curve. Simple as that. Learn how to use the free stuff. Audacity, FreeVST, etc.
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Old 04-06-2014, 12:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Free to try.

Unless you understand VST's, MIDI, and DAWS you're gonna pay for something to get you across that learning curve. Simple as that. Learn how to use the free stuff. Audacity, FreeVST, etc.
which one is the easiest to use?
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which one is the easiest to use?
I use the ones mentioned. YMMV.

Start hackin away at it, and eventually you'll figure it out. Try some tutorials. I'm sure you know how to search the internet.

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I jest, but really it's just a matter of learning things, and I'm not equipped to recommend any one software program, since I've only stuck with the one's mentioned.
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Old 04-06-2014, 01:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Just go with audacity. It has everything you need to learn the basics (+more). Try following these steps:

3 Ways to Record a Song With Audacity - wikiHow

If that doesn't work, try to report in more detail what your problem is.
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Just go with audacity. It has everything you need to learn the basics (+more). Try following these steps:

3 Ways to Record a Song With Audacity - wikiHow

If that doesn't work, try to report in more detail what your problem is.
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