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Is there any good, free, multi-channel recording software out there?

Asked by Blondesjon (32419 points ) October 25th, 2009

I am currently using Audacity for my audio needs but it does not allow for multi-channel recording. I want to record my mic on one channel while simultaneously recording whatever else is coming from my computer on another, live. I have downloaded a 30 day trial of Reaper and am going to see what it does but in this economy I would be silly not to find out if there was any decent freeware out there.

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rhodes54's avatar

“good” and “free” rarely go together in the recording world. If you have external speakers, your INTERNAL mic should pick up both you and the computer. You’d just have to premix the input gains of each and watch out for feedback. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

eponymoushipster's avatar

Garageband on the Mac.

Has a built-in podcasting stuff, to boot.

smart1979's avatar

If you’re looking to get into recording, it’s tough to find something that’s decent that’s also free. Reaper is a good one because the license is fairly cheap. My suggestions for a total beginner who has no money, or just a few bucks:

- On a Mac, try GarageBand. That’s a great place to get started

- On Windows – Check out Cakewalk Music Creator 5. You can get it for $35, and it’s really quite good. It’s a very light version of SONAR and will teach you a lot about creating music with a DAW. It’s a great first step for really cheap money: http://www.cakewalk.com/Products/Musiccreator/

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