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Harold W 16 Apr 00 - 08:42 PM
Barry T 16 Apr 00 - 08:57 PM
GUEST 16 Apr 00 - 10:40 PM
Alan of Australia 17 Apr 00 - 07:59 AM
Jon Freeman 17 Apr 00 - 09:44 AM
Harold W 17 Apr 00 - 10:52 PM
Grab 18 Apr 00 - 06:24 AM
Scotsbard 18 Apr 00 - 12:28 PM
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Subject: Recording Computer Sound Files
From: Harold W
Date: 16 Apr 00 - 08:42 PM

When I record sound files from my computer onto a cassette tape and play it back, I pick up some sort of background noise at the beginning then it fades out. We use a patch cable from the speaker jacks on the computer to the microphone jacks on the tape recorder. It also occurs when recording a CD using the CD-ROM drive. Could anybody explain it?


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Subject: RE: Recording Computer Sound Files
From: Barry T
Date: 16 Apr 00 - 08:57 PM

It sounds like you are using a tape recorder that has automatic volume level adjustment... probably a bad thing for what you are trying to accomplish. When there is silence (such as at the start and end of your recording)the auto feature thinks it has to crank up the recording level on this "quiet music", and all this does is amplify the white noise. Once the music starts the auto feature is happy and adjusts the recording level down, along with the background noise.

If this is what is happening you will be better off finding a tape deck that has a manual setting for the recording level. Then you can adjust that with the VU meters and leave it alone thereafter.


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Subject: RE: Recording Computer Sound Files
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Apr 00 - 10:40 PM

We use a patch cable from the speaker jacks on the computer to the microphone jacks on the tape recorder.

TO THE MICROPHONE JACKS???

this could be the problem...


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Subject: RE: Recording Computer Sound Files
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 17 Apr 00 - 07:59 AM

G'day,
Barry T is dead right about the automatic record level feature. If you use another recorder to overcome this problem also try to find one with line level inputs instead of the mike inputs. Then see if your sound card has line level outputs instead of speaker outputs. This should give you much better results.

Cheers,
Alan


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Subject: RE: Recording Computer Sound Files
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 17 Apr 00 - 09:44 AM

I use a different set up. I go from line out on my soundcard to aux in on my hi-fi amplifier and from headphones out on the amp to line in on my soundcard. This set up allows me to record tapes and lps onto my computer as well as recording from computer to tape (my tape deck has manual settings)and seems to work well for me.

The next bit of kit I want to get is some sort of small mixer to allow me to have more than 1 mike input as I am not finding using one mike for guitar and voice satisfactory.

The speaker out socket on my soundcard is not used for anything.

Jon

Jon


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Subject: RE: Recording Computer Sound Files
From: Harold W
Date: 17 Apr 00 - 10:52 PM

Thank you for the insight.


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Subject: RE: Recording Computer Sound Files
From: Grab
Date: 18 Apr 00 - 06:24 AM

My problem is excess noise when recording on my PC - it's fine playing CDs and stuff, but crap at recording WAV files. I'm pretty sure it's cos I've got one of those integrated motherboard/sound-card thingys. New sound card coming up sometime, I think.

Grab.


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Subject: RE: Recording Computer Sound Files
From: Scotsbard
Date: 18 Apr 00 - 12:28 PM

I'm still puttering about with trying to get decent recordings on my laptop. Using the built in microphone jack produces a 3.9kHz noise, which I haven't been able to successfully filter out. The Opticode external A/D converter I bought to plug into the USB port apparently has some software incompatibility with my Compaq, and their help line has yet to even respond (after 4 months and about a dozen emails and phone calls).

Has anyone tried using the Digigram VXpocket card? They are sort of expensive, but have interesting specs.

http://www.digigram.com/products/VXpocket.html

~S~


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