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Paul, thanks again for answering my questions. I have so many more that are so elementary, but that’s where I am. I’ll ask a few:
1. The bass amp is built into the top of a big speaker and on the back is an XLR output… I think that means that this is what you call a “DI output”. Is that correct?
2. If that is correct, I could plug the bass into our small Samson PA system, but what then, how do I know where to set the levels on the sound board? I ask this because the main sound coming from the bass guitar is not going to be coming out of the PA system.
3. I don’t understand how the audio interface would be used. Does it take the L and R outputs of the PA system and put them into a wire that fits a USB port on the back of my Mac?
4. If what I have just said is correct then I wouldn’t be using any of the sound that the video camera records. I would simply delete the sound the camera records. Is that correct?
5. All of this is getting too complicated… I just realized that if all of the voices and instruments are mixed before they go to the computer, then when editing, I have no control of these things. Do I have to record all of these things separately and then edit/mix them later?
My head is spinning as I contemplate how complicated this is getting.
Paul, thank you for your advice. I have a few supplementary questions: my little sound board has output jacks for two speakers and beside them are smaller jacks labeled “output rec”. I don’t know how to get those two channels into the computer. Or is there some way to connect them to the camera. That is probably a very dumb question… but that’s where I am. My other question concerns the bass guitar, it has it’s own amp, it doesn’t go through the sound board, how do I get that into the computer?
Like Triscuit, I have only recorded on my smart phone. It was so much fun that I’d like to go further. (you can see my son singing, at http://www.bamboozledbelievers.com) I added the visual effects using imovie and I increased the volume of his voice in one spot where it faded because the note was too high for him. I can see that I’d like to be able to control the volumes of the guitar and his voice independently. But that’s not going to happen with my iPhone. I think that I can solve the problem without all of the effort that Paul describes… I invite your comments:
My family is a little band (three kids and mom) and we have a small sound system, so I will use the sound board to get the all of the volumes of the voices and instruments to the best levels, then I will stand in the sweet spot and record the performance. To add interest to the final video, I will have them do the song over and I will film some close-ups, then I will edit in those close-ups and maybe add some other relevant video. I can record with my phone and see what happens. I said at the beginning that I want to go further so I am considering the purchase of a good camcorder… the new Sony FDR AX53 records 5.1 sound… how will that sound? I’ve got many more questions, so I’ll ask them in a separate post.