Make a Video Demo #2 – Friday Guitar Noodling

This morning I wanted to play guitar… As I was kind of lazy to pick up the phone and call someone to play, I just wanted to jam me, my guitar and the computer!! Two or three backing tracks later, I thought it would be cool to make a video so I plugged the digital camera, just for fun! And then, I thought it would be even cooler to record the sound track on the computer just to compare the 2 ways of capturing the sound…

So here is my Friday Noodling that I’ll use to show the differences between an ambient sound capture via the microphone of the digital camera and the Tonelab line out / Soundcard line in capture and post-production!

[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/3878702[/vimeo]

Kind of a big difference, isn’t it?

The post-production is made with Windows Movie Maker supplied with your PC as a default software. Its use is rather intuitive and it provides several presets such as video effects, transitions, etc… That’s a good software for video editing if you’re a rookie (just like me) though you will quickly reach its limits.

The first half of the video shows the capture via the digital camera microphone without any edition of the soundtrack.
The second half of the video shows the same sequence but instead of the digital camera sound (that is muted) you can hear the soundtrack captured via the Tonelab-soundcard. The signal is sent to Magix Music Studio (you can see it recording in the background). The only edition I made on the soundtrack is to lower its volume a little bit.

I like the sound capture via the Tonelab and the soundcard, though you might argue that you lose something when you discard the ambient sound of the room (believe me, in the case of my room, I just lose a persistent car traffic noise). If I was aiming to video review a guitar, I surely won’t use this method for this reason, but also because amp simulation devices tend to homogenize the sound of any guitar you plug in, though the Tonelab doesn’t have such a drastic effect on the sound characteristics of the guitars. If my purpose is to review the Tonelab and to show all its possibilities, I will surely use this recording method!

Next time I will make a screencast of the video edition in order to see further…  Isn’t it another level of sophistication? Any comments?

About Sem

I am the founder of Muzicosphere (that also exists in a French version). In 2011, I also created Guitar Fail, the Guitar LOL place to be. And before that I created GAS a GoGo, a gear giveaways blog in French.

4 comments

  1. dis, heu, tu préviens avant d’avoir des envies de la sorte hein.
    t’es chiant, tu m’as donné envie de gratouiller.

  2. pas photo, normal et prévisible, a part si tu as une caméra avec un micro Dolby 24.354B/∂, bien sûr…
    je pense qu’à part enregistrer dans une pièce conçue pour et avec le matériel Haddock (quoi, ça s’écrit pas comme ça?), les prises directes sont 10000000 plus simples et d’un meilleur rendu.
    maintenant on peut bâtir une chaîne guitare-cordon-pédalier d’effet-cordon-ampli-micro-cordon-carte son-bécane-logiciel enregistrement-bouzin-enceintes de sortie.
    la qualité de ton rendu sera alors…celle de la plus faible pièce de ton maillon. thx to les pédaliers, qui cachent la crotte du chat.(NB: le maillon faible de la chaîne, c’est “cordon”)

  3. @ Fredo: Oups…

    @ Lefty: Clairement les pédaliers c’est une très bonne solution pour du home-studio… Même si les amplis ont leur fervents adeptes! Et j’avoue que ces derniers temps je redécouvre les propriétés de l’ampli…

  4. En fait la deuxième fait très artificielle (même si la qualité sonore est bien meilleure) je trouve, donc peut etre mixer les deux pour garder un peu de son de la pièce !

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