How To Record Analog to Digital?

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  1. Soubi7string

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    So my band is wanting to record analog to digital FOR CHEAP.
    Our initial ideas are the following but we don't know IF it would work.
    1: PC-->Mixer-->Karaoke Machine/Cassette wielding machine-->Mics
    2: Cassette wielding machine-->Mics and then take that cassette to a converter


    we really just want to go from analog to digital for as cheap as possible though and possibly while doing a live set to give a more organic feel with the drum's kick triggered. Thoughts? Help?
     
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    If you want to record to analog on the cheap and then take bring that recording into your computer your best bet is to start out with a cassette 4 track recorder. These can be picked up dirt cheap on the used market.

    You can either mix the recording in the 4 track and import the stereo master into your computer or record the four tracks individually and mix them in your DAW, even adding additional tracks if you want. Some units, like the Tascam 242mkii, 424mkiii, 644 and 688 have 4 tape outputs to make this last step easier, but they are not strictly necessary.
     
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    alright sick
    so we can mix everything via the 4 track and then import it to the computer or a cassette via a digital converter?
     
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    Yeah, if you want to mix it in the 4 track, you just take the master stereo out from the 4 track and run it into the A/D converter on your interface/soundcard. Record that into your DAW (or Audacity if you don't have a DAW) and you can convert it into wav/aiff/mp3/FLAC/etc.
     

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