This is one of the most common questions asked of us and without being difficult there’s no straight answer! In all honesty, it has never been as easy to record your guitar! There are numerous devices that will record you and offer tons of other awesome features so in this blog will take you through the different types.
Stand Alone Devices
The first things to talk about are stand alone devices, basically things that will do the job without a computer. There are two types really; Multi-track recorders such as the Boss BR800 and handheld field recorders such as Roland R05. The multi-tracker is a bit more complicated to use but has a lot more functionality such as offering effects, drums to play along with and most importantly the ability to record yourself, listen back while recording yourself playing along – known as multi-tracking. This allows you to build up more interesting and generally more professional sounding compositions.
The field recorder is a much simpler device. It has in-built microphones and records a stereo file direct to a SD card. It is very simple to use (just hit record!) and gives great results. The key is to ensure you set the gain (basically the recording level) correctly to ensure the best results.
A lot of people are recording direct to their PC, Mac or even iPad now using an audio interface such as the Roland Tri-Capture USB Audio Interface UA-33 or Presonus Audiobox i2. The benefits are very high quality results and the ability to multi-track almost infinitely. Also, if you get good results, the files can easily be taken to a professional studio. To be successful you will need a decent spec PC or MAC, some software (some interfaces come with lite versions for free) and devote some time to get to know how to use it all.
Multi FX boards
We stock the full range of the Boss Multi FX boards, currently ME-25, ME-80 and GT-100. All these devices offer recording to PC or MAC via USB. Again, results will vary depending on software used and the quality of the computer used. The major benefit is the wide variety of tones offered by the pedals. You will pretty much have access to ever amp and guitar effect ever made for recording. There is also the GT-001 which could fit into the audio interface category. It’s basically a GT-100 built for home recording and therefore offers a XLR input meaning you can plug in a Microphone to mic up your guitar instead of just direct record.
So hopefully this helps and shows there lots of ways to record your guitar. Also, we will endeavour to write another blog about what mics to use for recording but hopefully this helps! I probably should point out that both the Boss BR-80 & BR-800 can be used as stand alone multi-track devices, field recorders (as both have internal mic’s) and audio interfaces! Any questions, please contact us on 01473 217480 or email email@example.com