I frequently record myself playing fiddle. The video gives me a chance to assess my progress in general and with specific music. It also helps me identify trouble spots that need work. And sometimes it shows me doing things that I definitely should not be doing!
I normally use the QuickTime Player on my Mac to make recordings. It has the virtue of being easy to use. It takes virtually no time to set up a recording or playback. Playback can be slowed down to 0.5x but no slower.
I don’t expect to get good tone from these recordings. The acoustics of the room are probably not that good and the microphone is just the regular Mac microphone. I have read other threads about this but it appears that good tone requires considerable effort and $$$.
It has occurred to me that there might be a better way to do this without going to extremes. And maybe there are some other benefits that I haven’t thought of. Anyway, I would be interested to know of other members’ approach to recording their playing. Many thanks!
Alot depends on how old yours is, but Nothing beats a phone for ease of use. The audio quality on my phone mics works just fine. For an all in one package its perfect. You can record audio only if you want. You can make a video and even do most video editing work right on the phone and publish to youtube or other social media.
I think the only reason to go with some kind of mic and computer setup with higher end editing software and gear is if you want to experiment with THAT in itself. Using something like audacity or protools or in my case presonus allows you to multitrack different instruments, real or virtual. It opens up possiblities music wise, whether thats good or bad. 🙂 It can have some learning bonuses. But it also can eat up alot of valuable practice time and money. I enjoy multitracking for fiddle stuff, and have learned tunes just by recording takes. Ive learned them without too. But, I really enjoy doing that kind of stuff and is an additional hobby along with playing fiddle.
I dont think your missing out on anything by using a phone or tablet, unless youre interested in making multitracked recordings.
Just for something to look at...rode makes some camera microphones that may be a step up. If you have a mirrorless or dslr type camera with an external mic jack, you can use something like what rode makes and have stereo mic audio.
Zoom makes some great music oriented cameras that focus on better audio, but the video isnt much better than most phones.
Those may be something to consider if youre just wanting to try something different video wise.
We have a whole section you might find helpful here: Recording The Violin
Thanks Emily, somehow I missed that thread. Very Informative.
I conclude that recording on my Mac is plenty good enough for my purposes. It’s quick and easy, and gives me a good way to review and evaluate my performance.
Well, my inquiry did not lead to spending $$$ on new gewgaws and gear, but I did benefit from the collective wisdom of the Fiddlerman Folks. And I guess I’ll just have to put my time and energy into playing that fiddle!
With a mac there are free programs that are pretty solid. Garage band you can lay down multiple tracks, edit, cut, and do a lot with your sound. imovie is a basic movie editing/ making software. With the two you could cut the sound, edit it, and put it back on the film and it would sound pretty good. You may be able to slow the video down more through imovie. I believe it is called imovie. Both are free with apple.