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Recording question

Discussion in 'CoB Off-topic' started by Inceptionist, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. Inceptionist

    Inceptionist It's Not My Funeral

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    I'm looking into purchasing some audio recording equipment, my question refers to audio interfaces in particular. I'm very confused about the number of channels I will need. I'll be recording all of the instruments myself one at a time (except for drums which will be made using computer software), so do I only need a one or two channel interface? Or does a two channel interface mean I can only record a left and a right guitar (two tracks)? I feel like I'm definitely overthinking this :lol:. Thank you in advance
     
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    LiLim SatAn New Metal Member

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    You stated "I'll be recording all of the instruments myself one at a time." So, you will only need one Input... Thus, you will record a guitar track, then possibly another guitar track, a bass line and vocals. Each Instrument used including the microphone will only require one Input, but make sure you have your interface has 1/4" inputs as well as XLR inputs for the mic. I would assume they all do, but I only have experience with an old old MBox. When you state, "does a two channel interface mean I can only record a left and a right guitar (two tracks)?," with the experience I have No would be the answer. A left and a right guitar makes It sound as if It's stereo, you usually call it like guitar one, guitar two. But for example with the old old version of pro tools I used you begin your new session by building tracks. You must have a stereo master channel, and then you can have many audio tracks. Your limit to audio tracks are part of the software as the amount of inputs are part of the hardware. Does this make sense? I could help you more, but rather than just blurt out info... would need more details.
     
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    Inceptionist It's Not My Funeral

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    Thank you, it does all make sense! I've got experience with recording programs with friends, so I do understand those, but have never owned my own recording equipment. Something I read just got it stuck in my mind that basically one channel = one track, which didn't make any sense to me. Glad you could help clear that up, appreciate it
     
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    unless you're recording to (digital/analog) tape you don't have to worry about recording the guitars to "one side" (L/R), you can place them in the panorama later while mixing.
    and unless you're mic'ing your amp with multiple mics to record your guitar tracks you'll only need one input.
     
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