That infernal hum!
Sun May 25 22:01:50 EDT 2008
> So I'm thinking of another strategy for recording records and tapes
> into computer files: Use my laptop. trouble is, my laptop doesn't
> have an auxiliary input jack, just a mike jack. Anything that I play
> into that jack comes out loud and distorted. Is there any kind of
> adapter that I can get that will make it possible to use the laptop
> for this purpose? Or do I have to get another laptop? That's not
> going to happen for awhile.
IIRC, "Line In" (or aux in) ports expect a 1 volt peak-peak signal.
Since "mike in " doesn't work, I assume it's expecting something like
a ceramic microphone.
One problem with records is that "RIAA equalization" will be an issue.
another issue is that the signal is much weaker than line in. I don't
know beans about recording software and what adjustments like equalization
it offers. A USB turnable, especially if it has a line in jack, might be
a decent way to go, even if you understand all the pits.
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