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5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Nov 25th, 2017 05:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I ordered a Mac Mini V7 recording package from Musician's Friend. I'm FINALLY going to get into computer-based recording at home!

The Mac Mini V7 comes with Pro Tools software and a Focusrite interface, among other things.

Luckily, I have a very good friend who is a Pro Tools expert with tons of recording experience. He can answer my DUMB questions. (:oD

Mac Mini V7

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Tbird Greg
Nov 25th, 2017 06:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very cool, 5Strats. Looks like a very complete package. Now comes the LEARNING CURVE! Computer editing offers so much control but it is daunting when you're starting out. Good to have a friend that can help you get going.

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GospelBilly!
Nov 25th, 2017 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

greg1948 - I'm anticipating lots of initial frustration and swearing which is the main reason I've been putting this off for so long. (;oD

ps - MF has this package $50 cheaper than anywhere else, at least right now.

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Nov 25th, 2017 08:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I migrated from Sony Vegas to Pro Tools 10, the transition was not easy. I am not good with manuals (go figure, I was service tech). The linear aspect of manuals is frustrating to me. Too much to absorb front to back and often hundreds of pages to get to what is relevant to your specific work requirements. What has helped me with learning Pro Tools is keeping a spreadsheet with things I have learned along the way. There's a lot to remember if you don't use it everyday. There is a ton of stuff on Youtube, even if you have to suffer through some bad deliveries, the info is generally useful.

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Tbird Greg
Nov 25th, 2017 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are lots of youtube tutorials, thank you very much. Some are better than others, but it's great to have somebody show you on-screen what this or that does.

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Nov 25th, 2017 04:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Price seems fair.
Have fun, and get ready for some "gee, if I only had this or that" moments.

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"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Nov 26th, 2017 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

get out those spectacles. yer gonna need to read a mite.

The first music/computer stuff I got was back when dinosaurs walked the earth and I hurried home, set up my stuff and proceeded to "record" for 6 hours before I ever got sound one out of the gear. Of course I had never has a computer before, or a midi interface, or software etc. It's a learning curve......

You'll be fine. I was woefully ignorant of way too many requirements of a computer etc. starting out.

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I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Nov 26th, 2017 06:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

With a Mac it will be pretty much plug and play. You might have to configure the I/O on your computer for the interface and set Protools to use your inferface as the I/O the first time. You’ll be up and running in no time.

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GospelBilly!
Nov 27th, 2017 05:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My friend has sent me YouTube links for configuring the interface with the Mac and Pro Tools for idiots. (:oD

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Nov 27th, 2017 07:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You don't have to be an idiot to configure it, but it helps! ;)

Cal-Woody

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Nov 29th, 2017 04:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Mac laptop and it is something that I have yet to really figure out, but I can at least get my Logic Pro 9 to fire up and configure my Fire Studio to work and record. Outside of this, I'm not really competent at a lot of the functions and adding drums and other things to my recordings. I have a friend who is a Mac Pro and can just run all over my programs and installed SP2 drum program on it and with his help, we have made some decent work on my songs and it sure sounds awesome!
But without his help, I can only record guitar and by parts, but at least I can make my song ideas presentable to the band and give the fellas the idea of how I want to construct the song.
I get a lot of musical ideas and have a hard time conveying them to everyone by just playing my guitar and singing the song for them, and this really helps to define the direction of the music and how I want it to feel.
I'm a monkey see, monkey do, kind of person and manuals just seem to elude me with instructions, while I'll read about the process involved but rely on his knowledge and expertise to bring the whole process fundamentals into actual practice.
It's like anything else, repetition and working with someone who can give good instructions and practical application are key! So, look and find the instructional videos for your programs online and learn how it all works and execute the function over and over until that process becomes second nature to you, then move on to the next process and do the same thing. You'll become proficient and will be able to make recordings and be able to edit them, easily! Also with some of my programs, I needed to get a midi controller keyboard to use my drum program. If you don't have one yet, this is a good tool/investment.

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GospelBilly!
Dec 1st, 2017 06:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

UPDATE - I ended up NOT buying this package because my online purchase was cancelled yesterday due to a very technical glitch that MF's 3rd party credit company got hung up on.

Crazy outcome, but I'm viewing this as a sign that I really shouldn't wade into these waters right now. I've already re-allocated the funds to another piece of gear (non-recording). (:oD

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Dec 2nd, 2017 03:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi Mr. Strats.
"as a sign that I really shouldn't wade into these waters right now"

That's schitty.
If you have a fairly robust PC, download the trial version of Samplitude.
I have tried Protools, Sonar, and Qubase....all pale in comparison to Samplitude.
Fairly good interfaces and mic options abound.....don't give up....we want to hear what you have to offer.

cheers


5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Dec 4th, 2017 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My good friend and Pro Tools guru has just offered to sell me his old studio, including Mac computer (he now has a full pro studio still using Pro Tools).

There's a good chance I'll be wading in these waters after all!

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