Audacity + Starcaster

January 30th, 2008. Tagged: Music

(if you see this in a RSS reader, come to the page to hear the music)

(Now that I got this Starcaster and also completed the first 5 chapters of the new book) Yesterday, I was wondering how I can record some music, so I searched for open-source sound recorder and came across this beautiful application called Audacity (French word for "courage", didn't know it existed in English).

Anyway, last time I've tried music editing software was yeeeears ago and they looked pretty intimidating. Audacity is nothing like this, it's so easy to get started. I just started the program, hit the big red "record" button and recorded away. Just as easy as Windows Sound Recorder. But! When I wasn't happy with what I recorder and hit "record" again, it played my previous junk but was recording on another track. How cool is that?! So easy to mix. Now I record something, then record again while listening with headphones to the previous thing.

I don't have any special equipment, so I just use the laptop's built-in microphone. Since those microphones amplify and therefore distort, I do a little trick. I play load (take that, neighbors!) and set the microphone level in Audacity to almost zero. The result is not too shabby for an amateur recording if you ask me. I do have an amp, no bigger than any average self-respected Java book, it was in the same package with the guitar.

So here goes. My take on Stevie Ray Vaughan's take on Jimi Hendrix' Little Wing intro - about 40 seconds.

Little Wing

Now if you feel brave, try the next piece. The theme is somewhat distantly loosely based on what I remember of a song called "Que Que Ha?" by Joe Pass. In this case I recorder the rhythm first then tried improvising some sort of a - for a lack of a better word, let's call it - solo on top. Didn't like the result, so tried again. Thought first time was definitely better. At this point the kids were finishing their bath so I had to forget about further recordings. Later on I tried playing both solos together - horrible, horrible idea. But then I moved (it's trivial with Audacity) the first solo to the left speaker and the second to the right. And here's the result. I suggest that if, for whatever unhealthy reason, you decide to listen to the next piece, do use the headphones. Otherwise it really is a handful, er, earful. Plus people around you will appreciate it, I assure you. Good luck!

Que Que Ha?

Ah, yeah and the nice player you use to hear these MP3s is the Yahoo! Media Player, which you can integrate on every page.

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9 Responses

  1. Wow, it seems you’ve been studying music, not computer science all these years ;-) “Getting better all the time”… I didn’t know it’s so easy to record and mix with Audacity, when I did some research, I found Creol, installed it but didn’t really tried it.

  2. Thanks Gonzo, this is really nice to hear.

    I haven’t been playing much in the past 5-6 years (man, are we old!), in fact I only had an acoustic guitar since I moved to Canada. So things like The flight of the bumblebee or Yngwie’s Trilogy are unthinkable these days. Not that I ever played them properly but it was a story I participated in spreading ;)

    Anyway, I’m glad you liked what you heard.

    Coming up next: some heavy heavy metal to show my bad side :evil:

  3. Hey Stoyan!
    Dude, you rock! Is that really you in the recordings? Wow.

    Really cool to see your other talents, though your JavaScript ones were already pretty impressive ;-)

    Thanks for sharing, definitely will be looking into Yahoo’s sweet little player.

  4. Thanks, Michael! Very nice of you.

    There’s more where this came from.

    Seriously considering carrier switch… Or maybe I should wait for the midlife crisis to fully kick in :)

  5. Que Que Ha is like dueling banjos that decided to play nicely together. Very cool.

  6. Thanks Stubbornella, I’m glad you liked it.

  7. [...] I tried to record a bit of a song in Garage Band. Pretty decent program, I would say. On Windows I was using Audacity. In any case, I don’t have big requirements, I just want to be able to record two or more [...]

  8. Firstly I can’t believe I haven’t seen this Yahoo webplayer before that is pretty awesome. I’ve played around with Audacity before and isn’t the best tool out there if you really get into it but for an open-source tool it is hard to beat on price.

    And the Que Que Ha sounds awesome really liking it. Nicely done.

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