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#1 Jayson201

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 08:05 PM

I'm trying to record this song for my girlfriend. Usually I would have used the microphone on a broken headset my brother had, but he threw it away.
I have to have this all recorded before her birthday on the 30th. Purely instrumental, I can't sing for crap.

my laptop is an Asus K50Ij, from Best Buy. Asus support is particular on that :P

So when I'm recording, I don't have a problem with the microphone being weak, because I can turn on Mic boost, or turn the Amp up. I have a major problem with the placement OF the microphone. Asus put it in the middle, under the monitor, maybe one inch away from and above the exhaust fan.

So when I listen to a recording, you clearly hear the noise the fan makes, but more obnoxious. I know in Acoustica Mixcraft there's a noise reduction option, but I don't have a license for Mixcraft, so I can record all I want, but I can't save it as an Mp3 or other format audio that can be used outside of Mixcraft. I also don't want to have to use studio tricks like the noise reduction because I personally don't like it.

I might just be overly picky, but any help would be nice.
Thanks :)

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 11:19 PM

Why not use a program like Audacity to record, edit, etc. sound files?

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 12:38 AM

Why not use a program like Audacity to record, edit, etc. sound files?

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

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Great Idea. Last time I used it (years ago, before I played guitar, but after my obsession with stairway to heaven and backwards masking) I had tried to used it but couldn't manage. I'm just weird that way. I'll see what I can do with it now. Hopefully it's got some kind of noise reduction effect I can use.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 04:54 AM

If you want to save yourself trouble and frustration, borrow a microphone. Making a poor recording sound good is like trying to unscramble eggs. There are some steps you can take to improve matters, but it's far better to get a decent recording to start with.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 12:07 PM

wouldn't one still need a input from the guitar into the laptop to record with Audacity

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 02:16 PM

I suggested Audacity because it's an audio editor...and I assume that it provides the means for filtering/removing noise, noise reducction, etc..

I still use my 11-year-old Cool Edit 2K and it has such.

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