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Offline ianw

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Looking for a multitrack digital recorder
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:14:29 »
Hi there,

Once I have established the basic structure of a new song, I generally tend to record the guitar on one track and play around with the melody, lyrics and vocal harmonies on separate tracks. However, I have discovered that I really hate setting up my PC recording process just for this and am looking for a digital recorder that will allow me to record tracks separately during the songwriting process – it is just for my own use, so audio quality is not particularly important. Ideally, it should be easy to export files as MP3s or WAVs.

If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them.

Looking forward to sampling the wares of the Kitchen this year,


Ian

Offline Leonard Scaper

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Re: Looking for a multitrack digital recorder
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 10:02:42 »
Hey @ianw .....I have not used a stand alone digital multi-track because I have my protools rig always ready to go to capture what's on my mind. I have, however,  seen a lot of discussion from folks who use the various Tascam and Zoom products. Depending on your budget, you can find a number of choices in those lines.

I know our own @nicetalkintoya tracks with a Zoom H4N. Listen to his song "I Think On You" in this thread https://www.songwriter-forum-kitchen.com/forum/songs-for-review/2/i-think-on-you/3893/ ........and maybe he'll be able to help you with your decision.

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Re: Looking for a multitrack digital recorder
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 22:28:57 »
Hi @ianw  I started recording my stuff last year and didn't know if I sucked or not so I didn't want to spend a lot of money. I bought a Tascam DP60 digital 4 track which has a built in mic - and I found it inexpensive and easy to use.

I recorded this song with it, which I think I couldn't do better so I've kept it on my sound cloud. I post a link so you can hear what it sounds like. You are able to plug your guitar directly into the recorder, but it has no effects. I used the built in mic.
https://soundcloud.com/user-522876838/all-things-must-end-alternate

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Re: Looking for a multitrack digital recorder
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2018, 09:55:13 »
@ianw

Leonard is indeed correct.  I use the ZoomH4n.  If you visit my soundcloud page, every track there was recorded with the Zoom.  It's time for me to make major upgrades to my chain, but for the purposes you state, you couldn't ask for a more convenient piece of gear.  I use a card reader attached to my computer to transfer the WAVs from the Zoom's sd card into my DAW, with no problems.     

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Re: Looking for a multitrack digital recorder
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 23:45:21 »
Sounds like just the ticket - thanks, guys!