Finding making recordings to be a useful tool.

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Finding making recordings to be a useful tool.

Postby Steve EF-15 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:30 pm

Making some progress, and stretching down the fretboard just a bit.

Roy Orbison's Crying.


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Re: Finding making recordings to be a useful tool.

Postby Neal » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:45 pm

Well I learned something tonight. One of the scenes from my favourite movie features a Spanish version of this song. I never knew :lol:



Definitely your best video yet Steve :) Still quiet though...
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Re: Finding making recordings to be a useful tool.

Postby Steve EF-15 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:06 pm

Yea... I know. I tried it three times with a really nice backing track but it's just not going to work until I pick up a decent microphone, or USB set up.
The webcam just does not have the range because they aren't made for this. I tried for a half hour to match the levels, and when I did it sounded like it was underwater. :oops:


... and I wasn't doing bad at all playing along with that backing track. Sounded pretty decent live. :cry:
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Re: Finding making recordings to be a useful tool.

Postby Neal » Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:59 pm

You could have a play around with Amplitube Free and see if you can get that working http://www.ikmultimedia.com/amplitubefree/download/

It will most likely sound rubbish without an interface, but worth a try at least. I hear some people have had decent results going straight into their soundcard.
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Re: Finding making recordings to be a useful tool.

Postby Steve EF-15 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:49 pm

Well... since I was off work today I made a run to the office supply store and picked up a cheap microphone.

The results are not too hateful ... considering.

The track plays noticably slower than I've practiced the tune.
Maybe if I cranked up the gain on the amp the notes would carry longer, but then the goal here is to try to work the mechanics of it, and climb another rung on the ladder.

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...and that girl in the clip does a fine job with the song.

Here's the original Roy Orbison recording of it frm 1962

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l-AxZIdq4E
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Re: Finding making recordings to be a useful tool.

Postby wonmad » Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:52 am

Is that backing track audio or midi file?
You can tempo up the audio file without changing the pitch using softwares.
Audacity is a nice free audio editor you might try.
For better recording, direct input from guitar to PC is recommended.
My learning curve is so gradual....
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Re: Finding making recordings to be a useful tool.

Postby Steve EF-15 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:11 am

wonmad wrote:Is that backing track audio or midi file?
You can tempo up the audio file without changing the pitch using softwares.
Audacity is a nice free audio editor you might try.
For better recording, direct input from guitar to PC is recommended.



Do you really want the truth.... it's a kareoke track that's put together for a vocal accompanyment. ;)

I can actually play alot faster than that.
Here's one I did tonight just fooling around, and not really working at it.
I was only messing around trying to get better sound from the microphone, and this just ... kind of ....well.... happened.

http://youtu.be/jISdj5fS2aE
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Re: Finding making recordings to be a useful tool.

Postby Akshay » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:52 am

Steve, why don't you try recording with a nice point-n-shoot camera, instead of a webcam?? I record all my videos with a 14MP Sony Cybershot, capable of recording at 720p. Although the quality will definitely not be as good as an instrument plugged directly into a PC, it's good enough for me. :P

Just to give you an example, this old video was taken with an old 6MP Olympus.. No editing done on the video whatsoever! :)

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Re: Finding making recordings to be a useful tool.

Postby Memory Lane Jr » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:38 am

Sorry guys but I just don't get why you have to use video for your recordings, do you really need to watch yourself playing?
You can do so much more with something like Audacity, add your backing tracks, slow it down, speed it up & the sound is of much better quality & you can upload all of your demo's to Box or Soundclick etc & share or collaborate with friends.
Just a thought & all you need to buy is an interface & they are pretty cheap these days. :ugeek:
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Re: Finding making recordings to be a useful tool.

Postby Neal » Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:48 am

But, but, you can do all that with video too :P

I always made videos to have a bit of a personal diary to look back on. I got into YouTube pretty early, so I can look back and see all my old guitars, my old apartment, old friends etc.. By putting it on YouTube you're also potentially opening up your music to far more people than if you were to upload it to soundclick or the like. Some of my old videos have over 100'000 views, doubt I would have even got 1% of that on Soundclick :lol: People can also see how you play a song and offer useful critiques.

If anyone's interested, here's the way I make videos.

I have my DSLR set up on a tripod in front of me and my backing track set up in Premiere Pro ready to go. I then record the video on my camera whilst simultaneously recording the guitar straight to Premiere via PodFarm. After all is said and done I just have to bring across the video onto the PC, disable its audio channel and sync up video and PodFarm audio. Then it's just a case of tweaking the video and audio.

Sounds like a lot of effort, but it really isn't. Try filming with a green screen - now that's a lot of effort!! Did it once, never again :lol:
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