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#1 2013-03-10 22:02:27

mr-leonor99
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use camera as microphone

hi, I have a very good hd camera, I would like to connect it with the computer and use it as a microphone, so I could record different tracks and mix it with a software, it will open a lot of possibilities and I'm sure that my songwriting-covers will improve if I do that !
I don't find any tutorial on how to do it on the web, is it even possible ?

thank you :)

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#2 2013-03-11 07:36:21

derek_r
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Re: use camera as microphone

Not sure if his will help, but I use a free programme called Audacity (easily found via Google). I have a small microphone/guitar to USB interface (again, such things are easily found on the web e.g http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lexicon-Alpha-S … m_sbs_ce_2, which isn't the specific one I use but just shows the type of thing) and I simply plug the guitar and/or a regular stage vocal mike into the interface. Then I record a track in Audacity, then another, and another etc etc Audacity allows you to edit, cut, add reverb, equalise and so on.

This was done with the set-up outline above:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12075367

I don't know if your camera will plug straight in via a USB port, but assuming it does it still mightn't allow the built in microphone to act as a standalone microphone. But via eBay you should be able to get a basic recording set-up going for not much £££ and then you can take those free-form songs and start to cut and craft and polish...:)

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#3 2013-03-11 22:28:43

mr-leonor99
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Re: use camera as microphone

cool, thank you :)

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#4 2013-03-12 01:52:46

ronws
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Re: use camera as microphone

Actually, I have wondered stuff about that. If you could plug in a vid cam and a good mic at the same time. And then, have just the sound from the good mic to play with the vid. Although, I suppose, you could vid cam into window movie maker and sound record into audacity. Then export that and import into movie maker and sync it up.

I don't know. I can barely record myself and I use Audacity. Then, again, when I was first recording, I had a panasonic 5 inch reel-to-reel recorder. I believe that would be called "old school."

Later, I would record into cassette recorders.

Then, I thought, I was doing great when I bought at a pawn shop a Tascam 4-track recorder that uses a cassette tape.

Then, again, I am old. When I was a kid, the internet was smoke signals from hilltop to hilltop.
;)


"When the daylight is rising up in my eyes ..." - Klaus Meine

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#5 2013-03-12 07:33:37

derek_r
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Re: use camera as microphone

Similar journey, here. I started off with reel to reel, then a Teac cassette deck that allowed just a single overdub, then a cassette porta-studio...

This laptop is just about shot now and there's a long lag even when typing let alone recording, so at the moment I've taken a step back and record into a little Tascam DP004. The built-in condenser mics aren't too bad at all. For my YouTube videos (which so far have been guitar based, rather than vocal based) I do exactly what you say, Ronws, I record the video on a digicam and the sound on the Tascam, import both into the PC and synch up the visuals and the sound in Windows Movie Maker. Job done.

When I get a more powerful lappy with some decent memory I shall look into a USB mic and some better recording software.

Kind regards,
Derek

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#6 2013-03-13 01:53:01

ronws
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Re: use camera as microphone

And what I do is still limited tech, so to speak. My desktop computer is "frankenstein." Built in 2005 by a friend with spare parts that were laying around back then. 40 G hd that I later had to partition because of a bad sector.

Windows XP. A friend from the forum got me my first decent mic. A Fame CM-1 studio condenser mic, stand, cable, pop screen, and a guitarface II USB interface. Later, on ebay, I got at half of retail, a Sennheiser e835 dynamic mic.

I record into Audacity, which is freeware. Whatever effect I have is post recording. And affects the entire track, whichever track that is. Sometimes, it works out. Other times, not so much. A friend recently gave me a 250 G usb based hd with Cubase on it but my computer is too old and slow to handle it.

Anyway, I have such a high ringing loud voice that I stomp the condenser something fierce. So, lately, I've gotten to recording with the Sennheiser, which handles loud volumes more easily. But, for a really crucial song, I rely upon the kindness of others to do the post-recording mixing for me.

For example, "Going to California" is a live take of me singing and playing guitar into one mic. So, my minimal mixing is okay.

However, with "Child in Time," singing against a backing track, I had Keith Goehner mix that for me, as my mixing skills really do stink beyond the "click and record" thing, even though I have read books about recording.


"When the daylight is rising up in my eyes ..." - Klaus Meine

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#7 2013-03-22 05:25:05

TimmyP1955
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Re: use camera as microphone

Audacity no.  Reaper yes.

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