Oscar Luis Santos left a comment for August Champlin
"Thank you very much for taking your time to answer me such a carefully response. I'll look for the info you said and review what customers have to say. I'll take my time also before buying in order to get what is most adecuated for us."
Jun 4, 2009
Oscar Luis Santos left a comment for August Champlin
"Thank you for your words and advise. We are looking for some technical widgets of our own (the mics and the laptop with a good sound card). So, if you don't mind, could suggest me a good soundcard? I've got an Audigy in my PC, but as you may have…"
Jun 3, 2009
Oscar Luis Santos left a comment for August Champlin
"Thank you Mr. Champlin. As I said in my profile, I conduct an amateur choir so we have a lot of problems in order to record what we do. In our website you can hear (a not-so-good-recording) a Monteverdi's madrigal (a 5 voci miste) from his Second…"
Jun 1, 2009

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  • I'd recommend that you post your question about what kind of soundcard to buy to the forum, as I'm sure you'd get better feedback than I can give you.

    I use and recommend an external firewire Audio/MIDI Interface with ASIO drivers that records at up to 48-bit/96KHz resolution and two highly sensitive mics. Below is a link to several such devices at MusiciansFriend.com. You might be able to find cheaper external soundcards from other online sources.


    Depending on your needs, you may prefer to buy an external hard disk multitrack recorder (aka digital recording workstation) rather than a laptop. I really enjoyed using Roland's DRW's in the 1990's, but moved to computer based recording because I wanted to work with software synthesizers. If you're doing field recordings, a DRW is convenient (does everything in one convenient tool, including burning a CD), reliable (depending on the manufacturer), and highly portable. Below is a link to some DRW's.


    As for mics, I'd recommend that you consider first how you will record your choir. Vocal, unidirectional mics will work at close range for small groups. Omnidirectional mics will work better for large groups, if positioned at a medium distance from the choir and in such a way as to create a stereo image. Some place them as far away from each other as one ear is from the other. Uni's pick up less background noise, but don't work well unless you're using close mic positions. Omni's pick up everything, meaning you'll have to record in quiet venues to get good results, but they allow for more flexible mic positions, more room ambiance, and a better blend. Below is a link to mics.


    Hope this helps! Nothing will replace careful product research and reading user reviews. Sweetwater.com is a good site to read user reviews of music gear. Best of luck!
  • The link I clicked to listen to Panis Angelicus played for only thirty seconds and then stopped. I wish I could hear it fully and in a better recording. A laptop with a good soundcard and a few good stereo mics could do the trick. If you can compose music like that, you should let the world hear it. :) Keep up the good work!
  • Welcome, Oscar! I look forward to hearing your posts. I hope some will feature polyphonic Renaissance choral music, a genre I'm crazy about!
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