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CaillouSax

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I've decided to let you hear my playing, at your own risks! :tongue:

I propose a recording of mine (on alto) to get your inputs and advices.

Please note: IMO, the quality is not so good for the following reasons: 1) I have less than 2 yrs of experience; 2) I don't have professional equipment for recording (I used the mic of my iMac with the software GarageBand); 3) I was as nervous and anxious as in front of the crowd, so that's why there is a lot of wrong notes and short blows; 4) the format of compression should allow posting in the Internet (MP3-64 kbps, instead of AAC(MP4)-320 kbps).

Here's the link:

http://dl.free.fr/vBgdGHpdo/AltoSax2.mp3


The songs played are the following:

Smile (Charlie Chaplin)

Stand By Me (Ben E. King)

It's Now Or Never (Elvis Presley)

Summertime (Charlie Parker)

Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra)

Hit The Road Jack (Ray Charles)
 
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CaillouSax

CaillouSax

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Oh! Sorry, men! It's in French... >:)

Ok, then... Click on the link "Télécharger ce fichier". It's supposed to be good. I hope... :D

Please let, me know if it doesn't work, I will try something else. (I don't already know what... Any ideas?)
 
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half diminished

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Well done for having a go! To be honest, it's hard to comment on tonality as recording in this way never works well. You might want to invest in a USB mic if you want to record properly and that way you'll get a much better representation of your sound.

Check out this early recording I did using a Samson mic that cost me about £50. This was one of my first efforts using if I recall either Audacity (free) or Garageband. You'll find the sound quality is much better, if not the playing! :w00t:

I really must find some time to do some recording again, it's been ages since I did anything. :(
 
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CaillouSax

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It works!

I won't comment, except to say it sounds good, but you've been playing a lot longer than me, so who am I to crit :)

Thanks a lot. I wish I could play better and record better too. As time goes by...


Well done for having a go! To be honest, it's hard to comment on tonality as recording in this way never works well. You might want to invest in a USB mic if you want to record properly and that way you'll get a much better representation of your sound.

Check out this early recording I did using a Samson mic that cost me about £50. This was one of my first efforts using if I recall either Audacity (free) or Garageband. You'll find the sound quality is much better, if not the playing! :w00t:

I really must find some time to do some recording again, it's been ages since I did anything. :(
The sound AND the playing are MUCH better than mine! :)

I will consider your suggestion for a mic, but for now, with the purchase of the Mark VI and mouthpiece, I had exceeded my budget (allowed by my wife!) for GAS for a few months... :D

Thanks.
 

half diminished

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The sound AND the playing are MUCH better than mine! :)
Not sure about that, but thanks anyway. The recording definitely is though and that's just the mic plus following some simple rules. I actually sound better than I thought I did which I only found out by recording properly and it's been a real help.

You can get all sorts of fancy (expensive) rigs to record yourself but for what I need this usb mic is great.

Also there is some good advice on here and on youtube about how to record yourself to achieve the best recording. Have a dig about but at some point you'll need to sort the mic out.
 
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