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Gospel Guitar

For those who love to minister, through guitar, "psalms, hymns and spiritual songs" on a team/band or with solo arrangements.

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Latest Activity: Feb 17

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Worship Music for Children 11 Replies

Started by Walt Pilcher. Last reply by Walt Pilcher Aug 30, 2013.

What are your favorite "psalms, hymns and spiritual songs" to play 34 Replies

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Workshop for Christian Guitarists at Messiah College

Started by Randall Zwally Feb 16, 2013.

Workshop for Christian Guitarists 2012 at Messiah College 1 Reply

Started by Randall Zwally. Last reply by Tom H Feb 8, 2012.

Hal Leonard Publications Fake Books 2 Replies

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Using the Baritone in Church!? Anyone?

Started by Olav Loef Sep 30, 2011.

Worship songs for beginning guitarists? 7 Replies

Started by Louis Klein. Last reply by Rev. Matt Fontana Aug 12, 2011.

I have a song I need chords for 6 Replies

Started by Christin Ellington. Last reply by FloridaGull Aug 9, 2011.

Looking for some Advice 16 Replies

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Workshop for Christian Guitarists

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Comment by Robert on February 9, 2012 at 12:32pm

While we're on the subject, here's a link to setting up a home studio from Disc Makers that you might find interesting.

Comment by Robert on February 9, 2012 at 12:29pm

Yes, it's a trade-off.  I've played a bit with the StudioLive and it's sweet - but it doesn't seem to be designed to be used by the musician while performing.  Too many settings that you have to step through with buttons.  Being a former radio person, I like the analog interface of the Mackie, and with 6 Aux sends/returns, you can add whatever effects you like live.  For EFX while recording, I'd probably use software plug-ins on the DAW anyway, adding them in post-production for material recorded live.

Comment by Tom H on February 9, 2012 at 8:40am

I did check out the Mackie i series mixers and they do record multiple discreet tracks. In that regard, they are similar to the Presonus StudioLive. They don't have an effects channel built into the hardware but they do have excellent routing which allows you to use you computer plugins for effects in a live setting if you want, which is pretty cool. And they are a lot less expensive ... very interesting.

Comment by Robert on February 9, 2012 at 7:51am

Sure, Tom. 

And just for information, most Firewire interfaces today are of the 800Mbps type (1394b or c) and can handle multiple discrete tracks.  Mixers equipped with USB 2.0 are the ones that only feed 2 tracks.  USB 3.0 should be able to perform as well as Firewire 800, but no one seems to have applied it to that yet.  And back in 2008, the IEE released standards for Firewire 1600 and 3200 (1.6 and 3.2 Gbps), promising devices that would use this higher bandwidth, but so far, none have appeared.

Comment by Tom H on February 8, 2012 at 2:48pm

I'll have to check it out. Thanks.

Comment by Robert on February 8, 2012 at 2:29pm

My understanding is that it's 16 discrete tracks thru 2 firewire outputs.  There's a sketchy review / demo at, and, of course, Mackie has more detailed info.

Comment by Tom H on February 8, 2012 at 2:14pm

To clarify (Robert): Does the Mackie ONYX 1640i mixer record 16 discreet tracks? I thought they only sent the Master out (2 channels) via Firewire.

Comment by Robert on February 8, 2012 at 1:51pm

Arlie -

Nice unit and one I've seriously considered.  What I like most about the Mackie (tho it's about 5x the price) is that it can be used for FOH and monitor PA mixing while recording up to 16 tracks.

My ambition (daydream?) is to have one for touring and another at church for recording both music and sermons.  Coupled with a CD duplicator/printer.

Anyone else out there want to weigh in on how they record their music, pros and cons of different gear?

Comment by Arlie Box on February 7, 2012 at 7:13pm


What I have is a Tascam US 1641 16X4 96k24bit USB Audio/ Midi Interface.

It's a rackmount unit with 8-XLR inputs + 2 1/4"stereo line in/ guitar jacks on the front,

MIDI in & out, and 4 trs line inputs, 4 trs (balanced) ine outs, and L & R monitor outs on the rear.

It connects to my computer via USB, so I can use my recording program to multitrack on the PC.

Right now we're in the middle of a remodel that is spilling over into my LR/ Studio so things are askew & disconnected at the moment.

I think I paid about $300 for it, & it came with Cubebase LE.

What I found at MF & GC are $363 used

Comment by Robert on February 7, 2012 at 9:54am

Thanks, Arlie.  Looks like I only missed a couple and they're coming thru just fine now.  Probably a glitch in the email server.  Looking forward to hearing your songs.  My next acquisition is going to be some kind of digital recorder, though what I'd REALLY like to get my hands on is one of the Mackie ONYX 1640i mixers.  We've wanted to record for years.


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