# classical guitar recording noob+cubase noob questions

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ok 1st i'm a total noob when it comes down to computers+music & have never recorded anything started classical about a year ago & want to start recording stuff & was thinking of picking up cubase system 4 for xmas so i have a few questions 1) is picking up cubase a good idear (i know it is overkill for what i wanna do but i'm planning to stay serious on guitar & buying cheap stuff to start + expensive stuff later total > buying expensive stuff to boot) so it's more of a "is it painfully hard to do simple stuff with it" & "are the added feature totaly useless for composing / recording unless you're a total pro?" if it's worth it i don't mind it being expensive... it's not often i have money to burn>< 2)the description page on theyr website is pretty short so i was wondering if the version of cubase that come with the system 4 package contain vst & if those are what i think (pretty much can be used like midi music except they sound better?) if i understand vst are recorded sample but does it mean you can just mix those sample or does it mean i can actually compose & make it play music? 3)also am i better off buying cubase alone or cubase system 4 (i mean is the card that come with system 4 worth the price added?) & also will i need anything else then cubase system 4 + a mic to record? 4)what kind of mic should i use? 5)are there any known system compatibility problem with cubase (& the card that comes with it) like specific mobo that cause problems or something? (i'm buying a new computer for Xmas to but not decided yet what kind so will take answers about that into account)

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1) I think the Cubase System 4 package is ideal for what you want to do.

2) Cubase SL does have Virtual Studio Technology. VSTs can be either effects or instruments (VSTi). The intruments are controlled via midi, but are not necessarily recorded samples; many of them use real-time synthesis.

3) Cubase SX is more expensive than the System 4 package. You could get Cubase SL on its own, but then you'll need to get a separate audio interface for your microphone. However, keep in mind that the version of Cubase SL that comes with the System 4 package will only work when the MI4 is connected to your computer.

4) I'd get a dynamic mic, like a Sure SM58 for example. It'll reject a lot of the noise in your room, such as your computer. Cutting down on the noise in your room is more important than getting a more expensive mic capable of higher fidelity IMHO.

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thanks a lot for the info & mostly for the precision about the card

so if i understand well that version of cubase SL will only work with this specific card while if i bought cubase SL standalone it would work with a broader range of cards? if so i have yet one more question hehe

would i ever need to upgrade from this card (is there any benefit later on in having something better or are better cards only for specific tasks/complex effects/lot of instruments simultaneous recording) as long as i only record 1 classical guitar at a time? if so is the card i'm getting with the package expensive (is it worth it to buy cubase sl + that card instead of the package for an extra to allow me to upgrade cards later) & if the answer to there is a need for a better card wich one should i take.?

as i said i'm a total newbee to this so i'll take your advice on the mic (my room pretty much has no noise beside computer but since i have case open i guess it's enuff to mess up recording><)

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