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Rookie, please help.

Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 6:58 pm
by wellbreastfed
Okay I know nothing about recording. I just want good sound...
Im a "rapper," and the audio quality is basically horrible.
{https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8lZ02jJy_M] this is an example of what im dealing with.
Equipment: Scarlette Focusrite, MXL V67G(discontinued), good mic cords, ssmi-Monsterous PC, and Ableton Live 9 lite


I used Audacity for music effects because I knew NOTHING about recording or Ableton. I just want to know the basics of how
to get good audio quality until I can find someone willing to teach me how to use Ableton.
Im using the Poll because maybe I shouldnt be using ableton to live record???
thats why its so hard???
Thank You :(

Re: Rookie, please help.

Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:06 pm
by jestermgee
The program itself for recording will not matter in regards to audio quality. Live is perfectly capable for what you are asking.

Recording of the actual vocals is only the small/easy part. Making it fit (not just sound good but fit with your content) is the harder part and unfortunately it comes with experience and an ear for detail.

Can't test your sample there because i'm at work but you will need to learn a little about the whole recording process and using effects and mixing to get a good result.

What kind of monitoring do you have for mixing? Do you have studio monitors or headphones?

Re: Rookie, please help.

Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:14 am
by 102455
wellbreastfed wrote:the audio quality is basically horrible.
Well if that YouTube clip is an example of "horrible" I don't see what your problem is. :-)

What exactly do you mean by "horrible"? Try and be as detailed as possible.

Re: Rookie, please help.

Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:43 am
by Stromkraft
I'd use Pro Tools for recording a live group performance with multiple tracks only because I think Live's set up for recording multiple tracks is a bit messy and sometimes unpredictable. It can be done of course.

On the other hand if I intended to finish a recording in Live for some reason I'd record there. There's also at least one great iPad app I'd consider that can do many tracks.

Re: Rookie, please help.

Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:06 pm
by mmorgan
None of the above for the proscribed task. If on a Mac I'd go Logic or Studio One; if on a PC I'd go Studio One. Ableton is not the greatest at linear recording (IMO) and ProTools is way too expensive. Can't really say about GB or FL as I'm unfamiliar with them.

Re: Rookie, please help.

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:53 pm
by Mystic38
Somewhat biased, but like the previous poster, none of the above..

If you have a mac, then use Logic, if a PC, then Sonar, Cubase, or Studio One in that order (for my 2c) .. imo all of these are superior workflow for "normal" linear recording, and the bang for the buck edge goes by a long mile to Sonar...

I would re-visit the entire vocal chain, particularly EQ & compression, then look at the mix.. the recording sounded dead flat with minimal dynamics across the board (not just vocals)... with such a light mix of instruments, things should POP...

suspect you can find plenty of tutorials on the web for vocals.. (Sonar has some great drop in vocal presets for the pro-channel fx bin if you take that route), but attention to your instruments too would help..

Re: Rookie, please help.

Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:45 pm
by H20nly
i prefer Cubase for recording vocals but i use Live all the time (for vocals too) because i prefer it for most everything else.

i think your issue has more to do with effects and fine tuning than with the DAW itself.

try looking for some mic-ing technique videos and everything you can get your hands on to help with EQing your vocals once you have them recorded.