Currently Being ModeratedMar 22, 2011 10:15 AM (in response to Goochster)Re: Recording with Spider Valve 112 mkII
you are correct that your built in sound card would likely give you high latency. in itself that's not an issue if you're only recording your guitar track, but if you want to jam to a backing track that's playing on your PC, and record to that, you'll find it's a pain, although still doable.
something like the POD Studio UX1 would work well, as you can connect the DI direct to the mic input on the UX1.
that said, you may fine there's a larger range of tones available in POD Farm 2, which is free with the POD Studio UX1. you can also buy tone upgrades with model packs... do a bit more research on that though before you buy, as there's lots more to it.
as for a recording package, some are easier to use than others, and a good one to get you started is riffworks T4 (google it) that's more of a looper with drum backing tracks. or Reaper is a full DAW, and is very cheap. something like $60 for a full license (if you don't make a lot of money from your music that is).
there's lots of info about that already around so do some googling.
also come back with any specific questions.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 22, 2011 2:45 PM (in response to Rowbi)Re: Recording with Spider Valve 112 mkII
Hi Rowbi. Thanks for your reply.
If I was to use something from the Pod studio range (UX1, UX2 or UX8) wouldn't this be a case of me bypassing my amp altogether and plugging my guitar straight into the pod (Guitar>Pod Studio>USB onPC) because I would be able to use pod farm for all my effects processing/amp modelling? In doing that wouldn't it defeat the object of using the direct out on my amp which has all the amp models and effects built in already?
I was thinking more along the lines of buying a suitable usb sound card and then going Guitar>Amp>Direct Out>Sound Card>USB on PC. I just thought although the Pod Studio is a good option I thought it would be better to take advantage of what my amp has to offer and use that perhaps substituting the Pod Studio device for a cheaper sound card solution? I don't know is that a feasable option? Would a half decent sound card be much cheaper than the Pod studio option? Or perhaps I'm not getting the big picture here?
I'm not interested in miking my amp although I suspect that's how many people do it. I'm just looking for a cost effective way of getting some backing tracks recorded at a half decent quality.
Sorry, like I said the home recording thing is new to me and so thanks for the advice so far. It is appreciated.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 23, 2011 6:44 AM (in response to Goochster)Re: Recording with Spider Valve 112 mkII
After doing some further digging I think the UX1 might be the right thing for me. However I would like to record from my amp rather than bypassing it altogether and plugging straight in to the UX1. So if I were to use the direct out on my SV where would I plug in on the UX1? There are left and right line input sockets. I'm assuming the SV outputs in mono so could I choose either? Also by doing this how would my track appear on my multi tracking software (Cakewalk etc) ? Would it appear as a mono track or would the software duplicate it?
Sorry if these are noob questions. I just want to know that I'm buying the right thing.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 23, 2011 6:54 PM (in response to Goochster)Re: Recording with Spider Valve 112 mkII
You would connect the direct out on your amp to the mic input on the UX1 using a standard microphone cable. The UX1 should eliminate any latency issues because its headphone jack monitors your playing without having to be processed by your computer first. I have the UX2 and have had good results both using the direct out and using a microphone.
Your signal would probably be recorded in mono since that's how it will come out of the amp, but most recording programs will allow you to split it into left and right sides if that's what you want to do.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2011 4:19 AM (in response to Goochster)Re: Recording with Spider Valve 112 mkII
Sorry to revive this thread but I have another question. I'm definitely getting a UX1 or maybe UX2 for crimbo and I intend to use the direct out from my Spider Valve MKII 112 into the UX1 and then into my laptop.
The only other dilemma I have now is whether my pc speakers will be up to the job to work as decent monitors? I currently have Logitech X-210 2.1 speakers. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-970191-0120-X-210-Speakers-2-1/dp/B000BZD1ZK
Would they be up to it or should I go for something like this?
Or perhaps I should be using something entirely different?
Can some of you recording experts help me out please?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 14, 2011 10:53 AM (in response to Goochster)Re: Recording with Spider Valve 112 mkII
Does the little Logitech system sound good? If so then they will be okay for a moderate volume level for monitoring.But if you're going to cheat and start cranking the volume then I'd say a larger speaker set-up might be better.
For a small bedroom setup I have an old set of B&W 200 series bookshelf speakers with a Pioneer Elite Home Theater amp and it does the trick nicely.Also a good set of AKG headphones.Old Kef speakers downstairs.Excellent big B&W in the Home Theater system,of course the bigger more expensive ones are great but the small ones are fantastic for lower level listening/monitoring as well.
Paradigm Titans are a great bookshelf speaker as are their older micro series.George Martin(Beatles producer) used big behemoth B&W Matrix 801's for studio monitoring.If money is tight I'd stick with the Logitech for now.I have an old Altec Lansing all-in-one thing hooked to another laptop in another room and it sounds really good.
But if you want a richer,fuller sound I'd go with the powered Alesis or some Tannoy or similar specifically designed studio monitors.Or you could also go with an old 2 channel stereo amp and speakers as mentioned above.
One good thing about the Alesis is that they are magnetically shielded whereas some full range home theater speakers aren't(some are,alot of bookshelf size are).
I hate to be all over the map but their are so many different choices and possibilites.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2011 2:32 AM (in response to SSstormtrooper)Re: Recording with Spider Valve 112 mkII
Thanks again SSstormtrooper.
I think you've answered it. The Logitech's I currrently have are just standard 2.1 PC speakers. I was just making sure there was nothing radically wrong with my setup that might cause a problem. As it is I think I will stick with them for now and see what happens.
Thanks dude !