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Dear Flist,
Do any of you have a camcorder or similar I can borrow in the near future? I need to make some videos for my music therapy audition.

Also, and mostly unrelatedly - I would really like to be able to record vocals on to my computer. What do I need to acquire in order to be able to do this? A mic, yeah, but anyone know what kind? Software? I want the software to be as unscary as possible, I don't need to be able to do clever mixing or stuff, but I'd like to be able to multitrack harmonies. User friendlyness more important than cleverness. Any suggestions?

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Date: 2011-02-22 01:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shimgray.livejournal.com
As far as audio software goes, Audacity is pretty good - it was slightly daunting for the first five minutes until I got used to which buttons did what, admittedly, but after that it was fairly clear and fairly robust. (I'm not sure how much of that was due to my not having used any even vaguely complex audio editing software before...)

For the mic, no idea! I suspect you'll want something more than the £10 plastic ones usually floating around...

Date: 2011-02-22 01:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] draxar.livejournal.com
Audacity is a free recorder/editor program, which allows you to have multiple tracks recorded separately playing at once.

Date: 2011-02-22 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mejoff.livejournal.com
I'd recommend MuLabs, myself, it's what I use and very easy.

Camcorder-wise, you may be surprised by how good your phone is for that job.

Date: 2011-02-22 03:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] glittertigger
Not exactly what you asked for, but in case it's useful my sister retrained as a music therapist a few years ago and is always keen to talk about the subject and her experiences. Contact details at http://www.soundconnection.org.uk/3.html

She works full time for a county council as a therapist and also runs a research project: http://www.musical-research.org.uk/students_work.html

Date: 2011-02-22 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theviciouspixie.livejournal.com
Mics are tricky and a lot depends on what you're recording. If you want an OK recording of something in the middle of your tessitura, your average Shure £50 job (or something you can borrow off your brother, [livejournal.com profile] mejoff or me) should be fine. If you're wanting to record full on soprano stuff, normal mics are sadly not built for the likes of us and will feed back or clip at anything above Eb5.

Date: 2011-02-22 05:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] jacinthsong.livejournal.com
If you don't have even a £10 mic at the moment and want to borrow one for tests, I have a headset I basically never use. If not, ignore me! Though we should meet up some time.

(Also if nobody else can help re videos, my digital camera takes pretty good ones, though with pretty hefty file sizes.)

Date: 2011-02-22 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penguin-worship.livejournal.com
For some reason i have an ancient camcorder (about 12 years old) on top of my wardrobe. I think my brother left it with me at some time in ancient history and forgot about it. if it is any use you are welcome to have it.

Date: 2011-02-23 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] osymandias.livejournal.com
Join the people recommending Audacity - and is free, which is rather nice.

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