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My first sortie into digital recording was the Korg D-4. Into this I ran two Shure Beta 4.0 microphones. The Korg was a beast to learn, but gave decent results. Eventually I tired of its labyrinthine geekiness and decided to find something simpler. Although neither of these products are made anymore, I still use the Shure mics for amplifying my guitar at gigs—theyre cheap but rugged little buggers. From the beginning, Ive used Audacity as my digital audio workstation (DAW). Its free, easy to learn, works great, and does all that I need.


Korg D4

Shure Beta 4.0


After the Korg, I moved on to the Roland R-05 digital recorder. Its small, not too pricey, and easy to use. When recording, I set the device in front of me on a music stand. The distance is about the same as when Im reading sheet music. I set the recorder input level so it doesnt peak out—on the Roland, thats a setting of about 30—and I use the built-in microphones. After recording, I load the file into Audacity and trim the file. I then add reverb through Audacity, using settings I arrived at through some experimenting. After that, I save it as an MP3, and its ready to go on my website. The Roland is a nifty little thing, and I still use it when portability and ease of use are the main issues.

Roland R-05

Over time, however, I decided to try for better quality recordings. So I moved up to a matched pair of DPA 2011C microphones connected to my MacBook Pro via an Apogee Mini-Me interface. The XLR microphone cables are by Planet Waves. Im still using Audacity for editing, but have added the LiquidSonics Reverberate Core plug-in. All this lightened my wallet and makes recording a bigger hassle, but the audio upgrade is worth it.

DPAST2011C MiniMe Cables Audacity

Free Open Source Audio Editor


DPA 2011C Microphones

Apogee Mini-Me Audio Interface

LiquidSonics Reverberate Core

Planet Waves Custom Series XLR Cables

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