Session Guitar: Required Software for Home Recording Sessions

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slaptop

Great article!

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mikeg1962

I just bought an IPad2 and would like to play and record with garage band. I understand there are two products are available on the market which will allow me to hook my electric guitar to the iPad. One is called Apogee and has a USB adapter and retails for $99. The other is called iRig and retails for $39. Do you have any recommendations as to which is better?

Thanks,

mike

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pwyndham

There are several great home recording sites on the internet you can do research on. Pretty much all your questions about it and what gear to get to get started will be answered on these sites. That's what I did and my home studio recordings are really starting to sounds great.

Check out tweakheadz.com, gearslutz.com, recordingreview.com to name just a few. Tons of great info. You won't be sorry you took the time to check them out.

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redstrat8

I GOT A BOSS BR 1600/DAM TOO HARD TO FIGURE OUT

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wclarkoxo

Is Audacity worth using?i'm using it now to recover my 4 track cassette recordings and it seems to do a good job for that.I'm just running the 4 track through a surround sound amp. and a Realistic EQ.May sound silly but i'm gettin the job done with it.
Thx
wclarkoxo

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RonZabrocki

Hey Wclarkoxo!
I've never used Audacity, however, I have friends who do use it and swear by it! It seems to do
everything necessary as an editor and more! The tools that you use are not as important as what you do with them!
I started out using very affordable gear and had some of the most fun and made some
amazingly creative recordings! So I say yes! Get those 4 tracks recovered, and make some music!
Now you have me thinking that I should transfer my old 4 track cassette recordings!
Good luck and please keep in touch!
Ron
PS
just looked into audacity and it seems amazing especially for free!
Try to get into experimenting with some creative edits on those recordings!
And by the way, a Realistic EQ enhanced many of my early recordings!

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wolveus

it's amazing what you can do with computers. i want to connect my guitar to the computer, i have listened that i need a direct box, is there any way to connect it directly or should i use a DB? thanks, great post.

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RonZabrocki

Hey there wolveus!
The gtr CAN be connected using a usb adapter. However, I recommend something even better than a direct box.
You may want to look into one of the many guitar based usb converters...Line 6 comes to mind, but there are others.
These have amp simulators and even mic inputs with phantom power. These are helpful for recording acoustic gtr
or vocals or whatever else with a mic. Look at my last weeks blog to see what I use everyday.
Also, if you go to my web you can see my full setup and get a free download.
Thanks for reading and posting and good luck!
Ron Z
www.ronzabrocki.com

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wolveus

ok, thanks a lot men. i would try with the usb and the sims.
I'll be reading your columns.

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RonZabrocki

I appreciate it! And it's my pleasure!

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suemenhart

Going to pass this on to my nephew - he's 14 and records at home!

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RonZabrocki

Thanks Sue! Start em young I always say!
And your new CD is a perfect showcase for your amazing voice! Thankyou for letting me
be part of the process!
Ron

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RonZabrocki

If you have any questions about home recording gear, techniques, or anything at all just post oit here and I'll get back to you!

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