Before the end of the year, I'm going to have some kind of home recording set-up.
It looks like most people in this group use their computer. Can someone recommend a stand-alone recorder for individual use (I don't envision needing to record more than 2 tracks at a time, but I do want the capacity to mix down certain tracks once I've decided a musical thought is complete)?
I'm also thinking of the GR 55 guitar synth. The You-Tubes I've seen show a lot of progress has been made by the Roland people.
The answer to this lies in your budget, your enthusiasm for gadgets, your tolerance for menus, your target medium, and your quality goals. You can do overdubs and 4 channel mixes with bouncing on some small pocket recorders, working very much like a Portastudio. Or you can do full blown 16 track mixes with faders and metering and CD output.
Most of these tools seem to me to be harder to use than a computer, though. I use recorders for capture a lot, but I almost always do post processing in the computer.
Hi Earl, I am with Alex Cummings on this...I love my iMAC and Logic Pro 9 software! I tried using digital recorders and really wanted it to work, but was soon frustrated by the lack of being able to see what I was doing on that little "green-screen" that only shows one or two functions at a time. They have probably come a long way since I used one, but I still stand my iMAC and Logic! Logic has a somewhat steep learning curve, but between self-help manuals and free tutorials on YouTube, I was up and running for what I do pretty fast! So, let us know what you decide on and how it works...if you decide on Logic, please join our users group here in the AG Community!
Here is the direct link:
You will find both Alex and I there, along with a bunch more recordists with all levels of expertise and experience!