Take the 2-minute tour ×
Sound Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for sound engineers, producers, editors, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a pretty standard laptop. I have been using the "sound recorder" program on Windows to record musical ideas I want to save. Of course it produces an incredible amount of noise, and not much signal.

What method would you recommend for doing some simple multi-track recording on my computer, without tons of hiss? Mostly I record acoustic instruments. Of course I am willing to buy a microphone (hopefully one that doesn't break the bank). What software/hardware would you recommend?

share|improve this question
add comment

migrated from avp.stackexchange.com Jan 24 at 12:01

This question came from our site for engineers, producers, editors, and enthusiasts spanning the fields of video, and media creation.

1 Answer

You need a basic level professional audio interface. For working with a laptop, you can get them as USB devices. M-Audio is one of the best known names in the business for more budget options, but they aren't the only game around either. I'd recommend checking out the USB Audio Interfaces section of something like B&H and look for a device that meets your needs and budget.

As an added bonus, many such interfaces include some special versions (or even full versions) of recording software that can get you started with some better quality recording software rather than being stuck using Sound Recorder (shudder).

share|improve this answer
    
You don't exactly need such (usually crippled) software as comes with many interfaces though. Audacity is supposed to be quite ok and it's free, and Reaper is really good, quite permissive, and cheap with uncrippled gratis-trial. –  leftaroundabout Oct 24 '13 at 15:20
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.