Recording a live gig

Juli contacted me to ask a question about how to make a CD of herself and others singing along to backing tracks during a live gig.

It’s not uncommon for famous artistes to release “live in concert” types of albums and you can also do this yourself pretty easily..

DEAR KENNY
IS THERE A STAND ALONE CD/USB RECORDER THAT I CAN USE WITH MY LEEM PRO POWERED MIXER BY CONNECTING IT IN THE REC-OUT OF THE AMP SO I CAN RECORD THE PERSON WHO IS SINGING DIRECT TO THE RECORDER.
THANKS JULI

Hi Juli

There are a few “record direct to CD” recorders on the market which will record you singing at a gig and create a CD there and then.

But I’ve used a couple of these machines over the years and I don’t find them very reliable and a bit limited.

A far better option, I feel, would be to buy a dedicated stereo sound recorder which will record you at your gig directly from the rec-out on your mixer, and then when you get home, simply connect the device (via USB) to your computer and transfer the recorded music on to your PC.

Once it’s on your PC, you can then burn the songs on to a CD from your PC as normal.

Yamaha produce a great portable machine which I can highly recommend.

Regards

Kenny

PS If you want to get creative you could also even use an audio editor like Soundforge to do a little editing like adjusting EQ, volume levels etc too and get a real good professional result.