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connecting my Acoustic Electric to the pc


(@kaizer-szoza)
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I have been working on some songs and was reading about recording through your PC on another thread. I got excited and bought a cable and an extension to fit into the mic port.

I am not getting any sound into the PC. I have tried testing it through the Windows mic test--nothing. I have taken out the battery to my preamp and replaced with a new one. No go. I took a good look at the housing for the battery and looked inside to check all the wires are connected properly. Still no sound:(

I have a b- band A-3 preamp that takes a 9volt battery. Is this enough? Do I need to amplify the power? Am I missing something?

please help


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(@kaizer-szoza)
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I should mention that I do know the preamp works, I had it plugged in to an amp just a couple of months ago

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(@ricochet)
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Usually computer mics are electret or condenser mics powered by the computer's board or sound card. May not be compatible with your guitar's output, even though the jack fits.

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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It could possibly be that your input default is set to "mic" when it should be set to "line in"....check your preferences and input settings.

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(@trguitar)
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Yeah, I'd suggest trying the line in. That's what I hook my mixer up to. Same idea.

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(@heatherjocey)
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I had the same problem myself when I attempted to connect my acoustic electric directly to the computer. I was connecting it to a laptop which has no true line-in port, just a mic one which you can designate to line-in. But same as you, I didn't ever get diddley out of it. When I connected it via an amp, I did get sound recorded, but it was extremely faint, even after checking that the volume and such was set correctly on the computer as well as the guitar+amp. The mic port on my Dell laptop just really really doesn't seem to appreciate being hooked up to a guitar.

Good luck getting yours to act correctly!


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(@kaizer-szoza)
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Thanks all for the replies so far.

I have no luck in getting to work yet. I tried setting the sound to line-in--not sure of that is done correctly though. I did notice that the extension on the chord was for stereo, so I purchased a mono extension and had no luck with that either.

I am starting to believe ricochet is correct. I am just not sure how computers could vary so much in regards to the input or frequency of the guitar's preamp. How do I know what kind of output the preamp is giving. How do I know what is acceptable either on my pc or if I bought a new sound card.

I am still open for suggestions. Could an actual sound card work better than the on board sound I am using?


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(@voidious)
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If you're willing to spend some money, I think getting a USB audio interface is the way to go. Not like I'm a sound engineer, but I do know a bit about computers, and unless you want a new sound card for other reasons too, this seems a better choice to me. They're designed to accept audio input from instruments and they hook to the PC via USB.

Now, if the interface itself doesn't have a power supply, you may also need to get a USB hub that has a power supply, since it will be pulling its power over USB - but they're cheap too, like $10-$15. A couple web pages:

Line6 TonePort: http://www.line6.com/toneport/
M-Audio has lots of 'em, like this one: http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/FastTrackUSB-main.html

Then again, if there are sound cards that openly advertise they work for guitar recording and the price is right, go for it. But a USB interface you could also move from computer to computer and you might get some nice software with it, to boot.

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(@kaizer-szoza)
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Thanks Voidious. Those look like what I need 70 dollars is not so bad, but like a lot of others I was hoping for a more cost effective method. I am not even sure I can get one of those where I am. I live in a consumer abyss--a 30-40% mark-up zone. :(


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