Hi, I am in charge of our audio/video system for our church. What I am aiming to do is, pipe in the audio from our sound board to our laptop. I know this can be done, by USB, I hooked in an older kind of slower laptop into it, and the playback into the board was fine. But things went south when I grabbed a mic and tried to make a test recording into the SONAR software on the laptop. When I played back the recording either on the laptop or thru the house system, I could hear voice but it was all staticky and distorted, almost like there was an input turned up to high. I played with it some but never could lose the static. Here is the mixer board we are currently working with .. Allen&Heath ZED24
.. I wont bother to list the specs of the laptop I tested with, other than besides the fact of the system itself being just over a year old, the processor was only an older single core celeron with 1g of ram. But that part dont so much matter because I am cleared to buy a brand new laptop for this application, which is what I need a little guidance on.
My plan is to continue to use the USB out feature of the board to record things like sermons and speakers and live singing performances. Is this a good idea to do thru USB? Even with getting a brand new i7 machine? The playback from PC into the board isnt so much a problem, it works either thru the USB or line out to audio cable into the board. If the USB is a bad idea, can someone kindly give me a hardware list of what I will need to get this up and running?
I need to make a decision in the next few days so i need some help pretty quick. Thanks in advance!