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#1 guitarbutt

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:50 PM

I am in need of some device to record with. I thought a mixing board plugged into the microphone input would work fine, but I have heard from some places that recommend not using it (mic input) for this purpose. So I started looking into USB interfaces, and they are much more expensive. The cheapest one on Musicians Friend is $70 and it has 3.5/ 5 stars and the mixer I was looking at is $50 with a free mic and 4 or 4.5/5 stars.

I was wondering if anyone could tell me why plugging a mixer into the mic input would be a bad thing, or if it would work. I'm not going to be recording loud stuff, just need to record some country demos.

I use Sony ACID music studio 7, and guitars use 1/4" cables. Mics would either be 1/4" or XLR.

Currently, I am using the microphone that is built in on my laptop to record with. It works alright, but it's definitely a "demo quality" sound. Listenable by all means, but I want something more professional sounding.

My laptop is a Dell Latitude D600, if that helps.

If anyone can tell me, again, the pros and cons of using the mic input (one mentioned that the computer's soundcard wouldn't work right?) or recommend any affordable products that I could use. I am looking to spend 50-60 dollars, but I'm not limited to that amount exactly. I really appreciate the help and would lie to thank anyone in advance for taking the time to help me on this.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 04:29 PM

I was wondering if anyone could tell me why plugging a mixer into the mic input would be a bad thing, or if it would work. I'm not going to be recording loud stuff, just need to record some country demos.

My best guess would be that it would overdrive and blow the electronics on the sound card.

I plug at mixer directly into the mic port of the laptop I use. I don't see a problem in that as long as you don't over drive the sound/mic ports. I haven't graduated to Sony yet, but will head that way very soon. I use audacity - the free stuff - and have had good sucess with it. Now it isn't final cut quality, but it does suit my needs and sounds fine.

I adjust the mixer to my tastes and then restrict the output levels so it doesn't overdrive the recording software. My setup is in a church, but the music is just as loud :thumbsup:

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