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Another computer recording question.

Post by jonnyt » September 17th, 2003, 9:25 am

I have S.A.W., Software Audio Workshop - yes I know it's old but it works, and I've used it for several years.  

The problem is that when my company upgraded my laptop from an older IBM to a Dell Latitude C400, I lost my line in jack that I use to use to get sound from my powered mixer into my computer and the SAW program.

So I bought the Edirol cable that allows one to transmit sound to and from your computer with RCA plugs in and out on one end, and USB on the other.

Works flawlessly on playing music, as I use it all the time.  Recording however, well lets just say that the end result sounds like I'm listening to music through a tunnel.

I've done enough recording with SAW to know my way around, but have been unable to solve this problem.  I haven't had anything to record until now, so I really need to find a solution.  Any ideas?

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Re: Another computer recording question.

Post by Ignar Hillström » September 18th, 2003, 1:10 pm

Do you have the same problem when you use the good 'ol Sound recorder?

What soundcard do you use?
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Re: Another computer recording question.

Post by jonnyt » September 19th, 2003, 8:35 am

I have not tried the sound recorder, so I cannot say.

The sound card that came with this Dell is Crystal WDM Audio Codec.  One would think that a much newer laptop would have equipment as good if not better then a much older one, but I know they have to cut corners somewhere to keep the prices in line.

I paid a lot of money for that Edirol cable, being that it's just that, a cable.  Should I try a better sound card or get a preamp designed for this purpose?
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Re: Another computer recording question.

Post by Ignar Hillström » September 19th, 2003, 8:49 am

While I dont know how wealthy you are, I think we might try things without paying money first. So to start:

1) Update the drivers of your soundcard.
2) try different recording programs.
3) Try using the mic instead of line-in, and use the windows mixer to lower the input to avoid ruined sounds.
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Re: Another computer recording question.

Post by jonnyt » September 19th, 2003, 10:01 am

Thanks, I'll give items 1 & 2 a try, but I tried using the mic since I no longer have a standard line in before I bought the Edirol cable into the USB port, and while the recording did not sound tunnel like, there was an impedance noise problem.

Maybe we should try to eliminate that noise and use that jack?
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Re: Another computer recording question.

Post by Ignar Hillström » September 19th, 2003, 10:30 am

Well, we could try :D

To start with, the mic input is a lot more sensivite then line-in. This means that you have to greatly weaken the signal to make proper use of it. Have you tried lowering the volume bars for the recording in the windows mixer (or sound volume, depending on your windows version)?
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Re: Another computer recording question.

Post by hueseph » September 25th, 2003, 3:41 am

Whoah! I think your problem,and I may be wrong about this, might be that you have your computer recording from wave as well as from line in or in this case your usb device. (I'm assumeing it's an audio buddy) Disable recording from wave and it should sound fine.

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Re: Another computer recording question.

Post by jonnyt » September 26th, 2003, 9:00 pm

You might very well be on to something there hueseph.

I've been gone and have not had time to trouble shoot, and what time I got I've been preparing for a couple of upcoming parties/gigs.

Thanks for the input from all, I'll eventually get it figured out.  I just hate having to screw with this stuff.  I just want to do it and be done with it.
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