Recording a Mix?

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  1. alexanthony

    alexanthony Impact (Engage Audio)

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    Hi, I have been asked to record a set for the night I'm playing at but I'm pretty useless at this sort of stuff and never have done it before!!

    I have 2 cdjs and a Allen and Heath zone 22. If anyone could tell me what i need to buy or do to record a mix i would be very grateful :)

    I know you can connect it to your laptop and use audacity but i have heard the quality is poor and sounds tinny!!

    Thanks
     
  2. miszt

    miszt BASSFACE Royale

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    you need an audio interface, USB, with Line input (any will do pretty much, doesnt have to be expensive)

    Audacity is fine, anyone who tells you the quality is poor and sounds tinny, doesnt know wot the fuk they are talking about :)
     
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    herojuana hairy kuala

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    I imagine he means recording through a mic in... they are only mono and very quiet I believe?

    but yeah mate, what miszt said is bang on the money
     
  4. alexanthony

    alexanthony Impact (Engage Audio)

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    thanks very much mate.. before i buy would this one be alright then?

    http://www.decks.co.uk/products/behringer/UCA222

    cheers
     
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    Teddy 60% Staff Member

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    that should be fine
    i used to have the uca202 and it did the job nicely
     
  6. alexanthony

    alexanthony Impact (Engage Audio)

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    thanks for your help bro!! appreciated mate
     
  7. Jwood27

    Jwood27 VICTIM

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    yeah any kind of external soundcard should sort you nicely, i have nio 2|4 and it records in almost 320 quality - and there are cheaper alternatives on the market
     
  8. alexanthony

    alexanthony Impact (Engage Audio)

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    i take it to connect the mixer to the audio interface i will need a cable with the red and white thingys at either end aswell lol?
     
  9. Teddy

    Teddy 60% Staff Member

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    yeah you need some rca cables!
    ur mixer might have a record ouput, if it does... bob's ur biscuit
     
  10. alexanthony

    alexanthony Impact (Engage Audio)

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    yeah it does!! so the audio interface will come with the rca cables to plug straight in then?
     
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    Agent Smith Currently Putins Koala

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    got it in one.
     
  12. hyperd4eva

    hyperd4eva H&M SCARVES

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    I still record through my mic input, doesnt sound that bad does it!!?
     
  13. Harry3

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    depends on the laptop/PC tbh. Most laptops mic inputs are mono though. My PCs seems to be stereo and sounds fine.
     
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    Forau CONCUSSION RECS

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    I usually have the Booth Out rca's connected to an rca to 3.5mm adapter, then straight into my line in on my soundcard. Works a treat. Then i fire up virtual dj's RIP VINYL tool (only good thing about vdj really) and select my soundcard, and select 320kbps and hit record. (if you do this deselect preamp, causes severe distortion.)
     
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    LOL @ red & white thingys
     
  16. lostnthesound

    lostnthesound Burns Easily in the Sun

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    If you want to create a strong promo mix for mastering, you want to have a strong connection - either balanced 1/4"s or XLR's. This will deliver the most sound to your CPU. Also, record at a high sample rate if you machine can handle it (24bit@88.1) to increase headroom for editing/mastering later on. Most important: keep your peaks around -6 dB, digital distortion blows.

    Cheers.
     
  17. alexanthony

    alexanthony Impact (Engage Audio)

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    what do you mean by the first bit.. the balanced 1/4's or XLR's?
     
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    lostnthesound Burns Easily in the Sun

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    cables.jpg

    Pardon the crappy diagram. Above are types of cables to transmit audio signals. There are essentially four types (I left out fiberoptic and S/PDIF to avoid confusion):
    • RCA - Good for general music playback. Not so good for monitoring, recording, or being output to a larger sound system.
    • unbalanced 1/4" - used primarily for electric guitar inputs. Notice it has only one black ring (aka sleeve)
    • balanced 1/4" - Great for recording and studio monitoring due to greater connection strength.
    • XLRs - Essentially the same as balanced, but more sturdy and build in ground.

    The key when recording from an analog source (like a DJ mixer) to a digital source (computer) is the strength of the audio signal. A stronger, hotter signal will result in a better, "fuller" recording. You also have a less chance for picking up unwanted machine noise when using balanced or XLR cables.
     
  19. alexanthony

    alexanthony Impact (Engage Audio)

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    thanks alot for that mate that clears alot up :) appreciated
     
  20. lostnthesound

    lostnthesound Burns Easily in the Sun

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    You're very welcome, glad I could help. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Cheers!