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rudjarl

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For those who are not quite sure how to do a recording to a computer, here is one way of doing it: The saxophone way of recording to a PC

And it's just enough to get you going :)

Happy recording
Rune
 
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Jules

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top tip- first thing to do is experiment by trying different distances from the mic & pointing it at different parts of the sax- you can get a huge sound variation depending on how you do this.... and remember 'recording a sax' and 'recording the sound of a sax in a room' are slightly different things...
 

ArtyLady

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thanks for this :thumb: could you recommend a .wav to .mp3 converter software? (I don't really know what to look for!)
 

kevgermany

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Rune, great, thanks. Really good. I've printed it for reference.

Minor suggestion on your page - suggest you either turn the sound card ports image or swap the mic/headphones descriptions around so the mic desciption is next to the mic socket and the headphones comment next to the headphones socket.
 

rudjarl

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Rune, great, thanks. Really good. I've printed it for reference.

Minor suggestion on your page - suggest you either turn the sound card ports image or swap the mic/headphones descriptions around so the mic desciption is next to the mic socket and the headphones comment next to the headphones socket.
Done :)

Ehhh.... done better...:confused:.... I think...:shocked:
 
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rudjarl

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Audacity can do that, no need for an extra program....
Don't want to get into an argument, but it wont with a default installation. You have to install a separate mp3 conversion module as Audacity does not have the (legal stuff) rights to supply an mp3 option. Usually not a big hassle, but on my Win7 computer it just wont work.

Ergo, an external program will do the job. Without giving you a premature death wish because of buggy programming :)
 

Jules

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Don't want to get into an argument, but it wont with a default installation. You have to install a separate mp3 conversion module as Audacity does not have the (legal stuff) rights to supply an mp3 option. Usually not a big hassle, but on my Win7 computer it just wont work.

Ergo, an external program will do the job. Without giving you a premature death wish because of buggy programming :)
point taken- there's a codec pack on the audacity website which allows mp3 convertion (if you're lucky- works fine for me but not for Rudjarl..... go figure, as they say)
 

rudjarl

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Important clarification

If you understand what Jules and I are arguing about, and would like to participate in the argument, do as Jules says. If you only vaguely understand the argument, do as I say. (You will get to where Jules is in a not to distant future :) )
 

Jules

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Re: Important clarification

sorry- apologies- I didn't see this as an argument (?) Just giving tips on what works for me on my system.....
 

rudjarl

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Re: Important clarification

Uuupppssss... I did not mean as in a row... I should not have used the word argument. Sorry... I'm only keen on keeping this as simple as possible. Just enough to get people started.
 

c9off

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Audacity does not have the (legal stuff) rights to supply an mp3 option. Usually not a big hassle, but on my Win7 computer it just wont work.
:)
Audacity MP3 (lame) works on all windows (XP Vista & Win7) - having the ability to import & export MP3s is essential IMHO... the Audacity website explains the procedure by far better than I can....
 

Jules

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Audacity MP3 (lame) works on all windows (XP Vista & Win7) - having the ability to import & export MP3s is essential IMHO... the Audacity website explains the procedure by far better than I can....
Thats the fellow- the lame codec (not the most confidence inspiring name!) or is it the (gold) lamE codec- a far more cam pdownload!
 

Saxlicker

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Thats the fellow- the lame codec (
I found it works OK on my Mac too, even though it took me a while to figure out what to do. I must have down loaded it 4 times before I got it talking with Audacity but it was my lack of understanding and some very limited instruction.
Eventually the penny dropped.
 

muzza

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Thought I’d give this a go and record myself. It worked amazingly well and was very easy to use.


Being a learner I wanted to see how I sounded, playing alone and with backing track.


To play with backing track, I discovered importing backing track first then pressing record, played the backing track and recorded my playing on a second channel. By playing around with volumes I could equalize backing track and my recording or mute backing track to hear just my playing.


I was using the Jazz Method CD, where rhythm section is on left channel and saxophone on right. Again using volumes I could compare my sound and my timing to Saxophone on album.


Being a learner this was great and I found problems I hadn’t picked up before.


Thanks for pointing out this software.
 

saxplorer

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One extra tip regarding this set-up: on the first recording I made I was peeved when I played back I seemed to "come in" too late wrt the backing track, and I couldn't seem to get rid of that. I put it down to my general incompetence.

I tried another recording again today and discovered that the audacity/backing track/recording setup I had, had generated a small delay in the recorded track vs the backing, around 0.05 seconds, not much but very definitely audible. Using audacity's "time-shift" feature, I gently brought the sax track forward, in line with the pulse of the backing. A huge improvement.
 
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