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    Sound advice

    We're planning to make a DVD of a concert we're putting on next month (still a few tickets left, see here, and have a couple of people lined up to do the video. The band have record line-out from their sound desk, so we can run it into a minidisc or something. Does anyone know how much space about 4 hours of recording would take. Also any advice from any of you who has done something similar would be welcome.
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    i would hook the line out to a laptop and record it digitally through CakeWalk or that sort of thing
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    4 hours of raw, uncompressed (16, 44) audio? I'd set aside no less than 4gigs to be safe.

    After converting to lossless Flac I'd hazard a guess at around <1gig
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    If I could ship it I'd let you borrow my workstaion.


    How Big a production is it going to be?
    If your looking for quick 2 channel burning try
    http://www.yamaha.com/yamahavgn/CDA/...RODUCT,00.html

    When you take your break dump it into your harddrive via the usb.

    Trying to record a gig on a computer is next to impossible.
    You would need massive ram and a custom soundcard.



    Assuming you have some money to operate with here are some things you need to know.
    Do you have separate house and monitor systems?

    Everyone I know who records live shows always record ADAT 8 track.
    2 Channels for drums (see below)
    2 Channels from the P.A (vocals)
    The rest divided amongst amplified instruments.
    SMPTE makes for better video/audio mixing afterwards.

    Trying to mix for live and recording is a bear. You'll need a submixer and mic's for the drums unless the drummer is using electronic drums.
    Don't get a Boss BR for the job. If you can afford it or are friendly with an engineer get one. Make sure they know the material before hand because they'll prolly have to pull live mixdown. They should have thier own gear and know how to operate it with your gear. Trying to get audio from the P.A.(vocals) from the amps and from the drums all into two tracks live is not a beach it's the other thing.

    If you do play where there is a house system in place and you don't have an engineer use the house PA Granted It will sound like mostly kick drum and vocals but it will be a mix.

    Failing all that pick up a two channel recorder.

    When they record the video make sure they are running audio. It will be easier to line up the video/audio later for sync.

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    Mmm. A bit more complicated than I thought, but we'll give it a go. One of my sons has an 8gig media player he reckons we can record onto, so we can try that. Most of the concert, or the part that people will be interested in, is the talk by Alan Moore, and the songs of his that my friend and I are backing on acoustic guitar (sounding good, Frets), so maybe it won't be too bad without drums to worry about. With the sound from the 2 video camera's mikes we should be able to put something together.
    Thanks for all the info.
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    No Drums, two guitars and vocals
    You've got the right plan then.

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