Old 25-09-2006   #1
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Using laptop for recording audio

I have a dell latitude d600 laptop and i want to record audio using cool edit pro from my decks. The laptop has a headphone jack and a mic input jack, what i was wondering is, can the mic jack double as audio in to enable me to record to the laptop or would i need to get a separate sound card. Any help would be great

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Re: Using laptop for recording audio

The mic jack is probably mono. You'll need a USB or PCMCIA device for stereo recording (SoundBlaster Audigy is available as both). For a laptop I'd prefer the PCMCIA version, unless you have a fast processor (USB is quite cpu-intensive).
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Re: Using laptop for recording audio

Ditto.
You cant use a mic in because there is a huge input difference in signals. Mic is designed for Microvolts and line-in input usually takes 200-300 millivolts. Of course u can find a signal reducer, but mic input probably got a signal frequency correction as well. So like Cressida said, a good external card is a way to go.
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Re: Using laptop for recording audio

http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=188214

See this thread.........You will need one of the USB sound cards with appropriate inputs (stereo RCA in most cases). The mic input is suitable only for low quality audio..../
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Re: Using laptop for recording audio

I'm kind off new to recording from vinyl. I have two Gemini Decks connected to Numark EM-260 Mixer, the mixer has two rca outputs, one is the master output and the other is the record output. Currently the master output is connected to the hi-fi. Would i then connect the record output to the usb sound card to record. Most of my records are recent ones, i.e from 1995 onwards so all 33 or 45 rpm. I will also be using cool edit pro to record them with. I think i will go the usb sound card road, cos using a laptop is much easier than having a full pc beside my setup. One other thing, would i use to same method to record a set from the decks. Your help is greatly appreciated

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Re: Using laptop for recording audio

Try to connect that record output directly to the hi-fi intsead of the master output and if the sound is not distorted frequency-wise, then thats what u use.
BTW u'll get a cleaner signal if u connect the turntable directly to usb card. But that'll only work if the turntable got a line output instead of the one that requires further correction.
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Re: Using laptop for recording audio

hi i am tring to get record from my decks to th laptop and when i do it, it just sounds disturbed like crackling in the sound and stop and you cant hear it, am just wondering if some one can help me ???


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Re: Using laptop for recording audio

What the people said in the posts above yours is still pretty much true. You need a sound card to record anything but a microphone with most laptops.
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Re: Using laptop for recording audio

Thanks but what do you mean by a sound card i have a sound card in the laptop. could you please tell me what to do.

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