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    Recording audio on laptop

    My laptop on has a headphone socket and a microphone input. My old laptop had a line in as well. When I'm trying to record audio on my new laptop, the levels are all wrong and it sounds rubbish as I'm having to use a microphone input.

    Is there anything I can do to resolve this, apart from using an external soundcard?

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    What is the source audio player? Are you using the speaker output?

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    if you go into sounds and audio devices, can you see under the audio tab, recording, volume if there's an option to select line in rather than microphone?

    depends on the soundcard model....

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    Is there anything I can do to resolve this, apart from using an external soundcard?
    Not unless you are using a mic, and are happy with pretty poor sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    if you go into sounds and audio devices, can you see under the audio tab, recording, volume if there's an option to select line in rather than microphone?

    depends on the soundcard model....
    I would use audacity and use the line in option and just use a double ended 3.5mm audio cable.

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    Source audio is the line out from my mixer. Using cool edit pro.

    Soundcard options only have mic

    Think im gonna need to invest in an external SC to be honest.

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    Griffin iMic is my personal favourite tool for this. You just have to make sure the USB port is not right next to the power jack as there is a rare occurrence of interference (and according to Sod's Law, it will happen when it is most disastrous!)
    Last edited by GrumbleDook; 14th February 2009 at 08:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    My laptop on has a headphone socket and a microphone input. My old laptop had a line in as well. When I'm trying to record audio on my new laptop, the levels are all wrong and it sounds rubbish as I'm having to use a microphone input.

    Is there anything I can do to resolve this, apart from using an external soundcard?
    Can Audacity not rip sound straight from your sound card?

    I've had a laptop I could do this on before, I know it can be done on a lot of creative desktop sound cards too...

    The Latitude D505 and D820 I've used at work are both happy to take a stereo 3.5mm jack-jack lead between headphones and Microphone and record sound good enough for what I've used it for...

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    The "stereo mix" is the option to record what the soundcard is playing.

    I can record using the microphone input but it is not of a quality I would want to use.

    Ill just buy an external usb or firewire soundcard. I dont think they are very expensive?

    That iMac thing looks to Mac like for my liking ;p

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    That iMac thing looks to Mac like for my liking ;p
    made me laugh - now I will

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    USB run from £25 - £600. I've moved from USB to Firewire as I was hitting problems with USB sharing its speed with other essential peripherals as my set-up has to multitask. Probably not an issue for you.

    Dolphin have a fair range
    , I use M-Audio, and Tascam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    The "stereo mix" is the option to record what the soundcard is playing.

    I can record using the microphone input but it is not of a quality I would want to use.

    Ill just buy an external usb or firewire soundcard. I dont think they are very expensive?

    That iMac thing looks to Mac like for my liking ;p
    It was a typo ... I meant iMic ... basically a USB external sound card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    It was a typo ... I meant iMic ... basically a USB external sound card.
    Yeh, I looked it up. Still looked to white and fancy for me

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    these Tapco Link USB (GAK)

    are really good for the money, robust, nice results etc.

    However if you've a firewire card it would be tonnes better to go with a firewire one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    However if you've a firewire card it would be tonnes better to go with a firewire one
    Unless you have a lot of USB peripherals, I don't see why. USB2 is on paper faster than FireWire.

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