Am i getting the right idea?
Hey, I'm new to this whole audio recording thing. If i were to get an AT4040 mic and an M-AUDIO fast track pro interface, along with my laptop with garageband and imovie, i can start recording? Do those go together? Would i need another piece of hardware? What would you recommend? I would be recording acoustic guitar and vocals. Thanks for any help.
The short answer is yes and the long answer is what are you recording. There are really only 4 things you need to start making digital recordings:
1 - Sound source worth recording. (Hardest thing to find)
2 - A decent microphone. (AT4040 is a great choice for lots of things.)
3 - A audio interface. (This has two functions: to act as an A/D converter for the signal coming from the microphone and a mic pre amp, which provides the juice to make the mic work.)
4 - Software to record with. (Garageband works well for very basic recordings.)
Really the only other things you need to ensure are:
Drivers for MAC OSX for your M-AUDIO device.
Some research on how to properly attach, power, place, and use your mic. (Trust me the first 100 recordings you do will be failures just simply cause you place the mic in the wrong spot.)
You will also need the boring accesories that go along with recording: mic cables, headphones, mic stand, studio monitors(your macs built in speakers are like cell phone speakers so at least get a great pair of headphone. PS Audio-Technica makes some excellent ones.)
Hope this all helps.
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