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  • bare bones recording software

    I am a bluegrass musician. I play bass, guitar, mando, and vocals. I want to record multiple tracks of myself. I have nice mics, nice monitors, and a Presonus Firebox. With the Firebox I got Cubase LE software. Way too much! Too many decisions to make!

    Here's all I want to do...

    Record track one (maybe bass) - bass and mic is all

    Record track two (say guitar)

    Record three and four (mando and voice)

    Then I may want to do some EQ adjustments on each track and balance the four-track mix.

    All inputs are purely acoustic into a mic.

    Can you recommend presonus-compatible software to accomplish these tasks without all the other stuff?

    Thanks.


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    gregk wrote:

    I am a bluegrass musician. I play bass, guitar, mando, and vocals. I want to record multiple tracks of myself. I have nice mics, nice monitors, and a Presonus Firebox. With the Firebox I got Cubase LE software. Way too much! Too many decisions to make!

    Here's all I want to do...

    Record track one (maybe bass) - bass and mic is all

    Record track two (say guitar)

    Record three and four (mando and voice)

    Then I may want to do some EQ adjustments on each track and balance the four-track mix.

    All inputs are purely acoustic into a mic.

    Can you recommend presonus-compatible software to accomplish these tasks without all the other stuff?

    Thanks.


    I will start with the obvious and suggest Studio One Free by Presonus. It's not a demo version-won't time out-you can keep it forever. How you use the software is up to YOU not the software. Just use the stuff you're interested in and forget the rest! Even the "barest of bones" audio software has a learning curve which cannot be avoided, so, get used to it.

    Newsflash! I keep forgetting about Audacity, which is also free. It not only records but you can mixdown and edit also.This is MUCH simpler than Studio One Free, but it STILL comes with a learn curve. However there are plenty of tutorials on Youtube about Audacity that are extremely helpful-take advantage of them and before you know it, you'll be tracking like an old pro!

    One more thing to share, if you have an ipad:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/portastudio/id402568182?mt=8

     

    Good luck with your search!

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    • Rudolf von Hagenwil
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      Studio One Free

       

      my neighbour uses this software, all perfect - he even makes movie soundtracks with this digital audio production software


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    Maybe try to narrow your focus in Cubase.  I had the full version of Cubase years ago and used only very specific parts of it to record and ignored the rest. 

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    • Zooey
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      You can use most DAWs just like you would have used a cassette four track 30 years ago. Cubase is fine for that. I find Logic is a little too convoluted for simple things, and Ableton Live is a whole different paradigm. But most others will do simple multitracking and you can just ignore the functions you don't want to use.
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