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    Senior Member silmarillion's Avatar
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    Any musicians in the house?

    Hey I need some advice...

    We have been writing for a few years but never really performed anything. But some folks have asked that we do more and more of our original stuff.

    If I wanted to get setup to do a little bit of home recording on a budget what would be the best for us? (Bluegrass- Gospel acoustic to start)

    Is there anything I should do about copyrighting? I realize that anything I/we write is somewhat automatically copyrighted. I also know we could make recordings and send them to ourselves.

    Just wondering...Thanks!
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    one of my current guitarists bought a used digital 8-track recorder a while back, and that's what we've used. record on the box, export individual tracks into audacity for mixing, and upload/share/burn to your heart's content.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silmarillion View Post
    Is there anything I should do about copyrighting? I realize that anything I/we write is somewhat automatically copyrighted. I also know we could make recordings and send them to ourselves.
    This is a pretty short read:
    http://www.lawbass.com/LawNotes-Copyright.html

    You could probably burn it to a CD if you wanted a timestamp on something.

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    Senior Member silmarillion's Avatar
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    Thanks folks!!
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    File creation dates should suffice for establishing ownership of a song should anything ever come into question. Don't lose original files.

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    I have a number of songs up on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/ANTHONYGL23?feature=mhee

    I'm recording to a Mini Mac and using Garageband so all I need is a mixer. I've got a slightly older Behringer mixer which I bought second hand and I use a Behringer UCA-202 interface but if you buy a new mixer with a USB feature then the interface is built in. Using a USB mixer as an interface to a computer allows stereo recording however you can record one track at a time to your software and layer tracks or record as many tracks simultaneously as the mixer allows and lay down a stereo track.

    Depends on how sophisticated you want to be. You need microphones of course. Whatever you use for live performance will do just fine. More sophisticated recording microphones work best in more sophisticated, sound treated rooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20grit View Post
    File creation dates should suffice for establishing ownership of a song should anything ever come into question. Don't lose original files.
    I think creation dates on actual files can be manipulated, so I think a CD or DVD (the recordable type, not rewritable) would be preferred. Recording them as MP3s (instead of uncompressed audio) should be fine because you can submit those directly to the trademark office as your sample.

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    I am a musician, but I don't have many answers for you.

    Yes, your music is copyrighted just based on the mere fact that you created it. Will it hold up in court? Yes. Without hassle? No.

    Recording. Ah, I know five people who do this seven different ways, from pro-studio musicians do garage-studio musicians. I don't have an answer except for a decent USB mic and Audacity, which I assume you have already outgrown.

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    the old school method was to record it onto a cassette, then mail it to yourself, certified mail. You can still do this with a CD.

    Don't open the package and store it in a safe place. The postmark dates it.
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