I am singing two songs this Saturday at a cafe that has a Mackie 1604 soundboard. I'd like to bring my older Windows XP laptop, and hook it up to the soundboard to record my performances. Song one will be me singing in one mike and a friend playing guitar in another mike. Song two will be just me singing in one mike, accompanied by a karaoke on my iPod, which will be fed through the soundboard.
I'm experienced recording myself singing at home, with a microphone on my Windows 8.1 desktop, using Audacity. I've never recorded anywhere else, and not on my wife's laptop...although I would hope that with Audacity installed, it should be no different than on my desktop.
How do I hook the laptop up to the board? I presume I will need to order some wires.
Can I record only the vocal track on the karaoke song (knowing the karaoke will significantly bleed through the mike)?
Can I record BOTH the vocal and guitar tracks, individually, at once? Something else I've never done: record two tracks at once in Audacity.
I'm fine with recording the overall ("mixed") output if that's necessary, but capturing the individual tracks would be ideal.
Here's the response from the cafe's audio person:
As far as recording goes, we have a Mackie 1604 - it has a tape out that you can get board signal from, or direct outs on the first 8 channels. It's up to you how you want to bus it to your interface.