recording vocals

Mac McIlvaine suemac at
Thu Oct 8 19:34:11 BST 2009

I absolutely agree with recent comments about 64bit.

While Hardy 8.04 was a good release, I have installed or upgraded 
several machines running to 9.04 32bit with excellent results.

My current recording machine has 9.04, rt kernel and I use both Firepods 
and Audiofire12's.

At Thursday, 08 October 2009, beejunk at wrote:

>On Oct 8, 2009 9:50am, Andrew Oikle <aoikle at> wrote:> Stick 
to 32 bit for audio.  64 bit has absolutely zero benefit for recording.
  Benchmarks show that in some cases 64 bit can underperform 32 bit 
and it's only beneficial to extreme number crunching scientists that 
need that level of precision, and also for gigantic databases.  Selling 
64 bit processors to consumers was a scam to trick people into upgrading 
their computers... again.  I repeat, 64 bit has practically no use 
for consumer use or audio recording.  Does anyone here disagree?> 
> Andrew> Austin, TX> I'm not too familiar with some of the technical 
details, but I believe you are correct in saying that, at this point,
64-bit seems largely useless to the average user, particularly as 
far as audio goes.When it comes to versions of Ubuntu, I have personally 
found that Hardy is far and away the most stable and efficient OS 
of the current Ubuntu releases.  This applies to my computer, though,
and your mileage may vary.  I am looking forward to Karmic, and 
hope that it solves some of the many problems I've been having with 
the Jaunty RT kernel (and, no, I do not know how to compile my own 
kernels.  Maybe  one day).Jason, as for a good set-up that gives 
you no noise, if you're going to need to buy some kind of pre-amp/DI 
or audio-interface as well as a mic, you will have a hard time keeping 
it under $200..  But it is possible.  When I first started recording,
I used a very cheap $60 Behringer mixer (which came with two channels 
that could be used as pre-amps, and phantom power which I did not 
need at the time.) and a used $50 EV dynamic mic.  I ran the mic 
into the mixer, and then ran the mixer's RCA tape-out direclty into 
my computer's on-board soundcard, using an RCA to 1/8" cable.  Whenever 
I listen back to those recordings, I am actually surprised that they 
sound fairly decent.  I guess the moral of this story is that $200 
won't get you anything 'nice',  but it should get you something that 
will work, and probably fairly well.By the way, what equipment do 
you have right now?  That will help in coming up with recommendations 
for what to get.
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