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Hi all,

I have been playing guitar for quite some time but am completely new to recording. I want to do it mainly for fun and maybe demos.

I am looking at recording my 12 string acoustic with Taylor expression system into an Area-51m 7700 laptop. The laptop has 2 gigs of ram, 3.4GHz P4 and runs on win XP home.

My questions are as follows:

1. I have both a standard guitar lead and one that has an XLR output.The laptop has Intel Integrated High-Definition Audio. I have no idea if this is at all good. Can I convert these cables directly to the laptop? Which would be better to use?

2. I would like to be able to play through the laptop speakers in realtime with simple effects, (phase, delay etc) whilst recording. I also want to some post editing and layering of tracks. What would be the ideal software to use?

Any advice or tips you can give are appreciated.

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Sonar 4.0 works really well. It will do all that you said and more.
https://www.americanmusical.com/item--i-CAK-S4STU.html

You will also need a digital audio converter like this one.
https://www.americanmusical.com/item--i-MII-MOBILEPRE.html

You will also need a good mic like an SM-57.
https://www.americanmusical.com/item--i-SHU-SM57LC.html

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