Sorry I didn't catch who sent this - trying to cut/paste/save all posts to
this group re: recording *techniques* and issues ...
"thank you so much for your answer. I don't have a line input on my
computer, only a mic input (I'm not very knowledgeable so perhaps there
is a line input in my soundcard but if it doesn't show clearly on the
outside of the computer I'm lost!) and the effects processor is not so
sophisticated that it provides different output options, it only
provides speakers simulation. However I found a way around: I plugged
the processor into a small mixer (Leem micro mixer, a German make)
which I then plugged into the mic input of my computer, and I kept the knobs
on the mixer turned low: well it works well, somehow it seems to have
changed the output level or impendence or whatnot (here again I'm a bit
A friend who has been doing more radio commercials than I have, has a similar
set-up, with a small mixer BEFORE the 'line in' of a high end sound card ...
His needs focus on several electric guitars and EFX boxes - he simply needs
a constant level for his Cool Edit Pro - he's gone as far as a mic preamp also
into this small (analog) mixer so essentially he has ONE stereo input level
I'm used to rack mounted electronics also, but so far haven't a need for a
mixer ahead of the sound card and Audacity works just great! In my portable
laptop setup, now a large suitcase full of adapters, patch cords, mics, etc.
and a lone laptop PC - the only recording I do is one 'pass' at a time - I
occasionally need 10 or more tracks, but am recording each one as 'multitrack',
but don't need real-time - so each sound effect, voice, music chord, etc rests
in it's own track - final mixdown involves time-shifting, audio processing, and
'stereo-izing' if needed, not unlike a cut/paste desktop publishing ad ...
I'm also thinking a 2 ms delay is still too much, but haven't needed either
a separate pre-mixer for multiple sources, even with 2 keyboards, nor the
need to monitor while recording (true sync multitrack) so far ...
with way too many MIDI channels in the keyboards, I do a real-time mix on
the keyboards before the music 'dump' to Audacity ... wondering if anyone
else is doing commercials? Thanks