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Advice or tips on recording RCA audio to computer.

Discussion in 'Recording' started by TheMaskedPriest, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. Hello, the names Priest. First time poster and newbie to the game.

    I would greatly appreeicate any advice or tips I can get on recording audio from the white and red RCA plugs to my computer.

    What I have

    1) Realtek HD soundcard. Has 1 line in port, 1 front line out port, 1 back line out port. (the base card that came with my Gateway)

    2) Audacity w/ lame.dll

    3) White and Red RCA cable double male.

    4) a cord with the RCA female ports on one end and a standard audio male tip on the other end (like the end of a headphones)

    My objective

    To record background music from various playstation/dreamcast games and anime DVDs with the best quality possible.

    My current method and results

    I currently plug the "3) RCA cable" from the game systems or DVD player into that "4) cable" and then plug the "4) cable" into the input on my sound card. Then I record the imcomming sound with Audacity. So far I haven't used any of the advanced features of Audacity except fade in and fade out. The result is a "fair" recording that sounds a slight bit distant and sort of "off". The recordings usaully lack bass and seem to be bit too much tribble. Overall quality seems to be about 7.5 out of 10 (10 being the source). What can I do to get a more exact capture of the incomming sound? Also, I sometimes let the sound play thru the speakers while I record, would that mess with the recording in any way?

    Thankyou in advance.

  2. BladeSG

    BladeSG Guest

    Look at getting yourself a audio interface with decent converters. Have alook at the MAdudio Audiophile 24/96 or the newer 24/192 and also have a look at the Echo Mia card and the E-MU 0404.

    Thhere shouldn't be any problem monitoring the sound whilst recording as there is no microphone there to capture the 'spill'.
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Hey Priest, welcome to RO.

    WHat Blade said is exactly what I would have said. A good soundcard will give you like a 9.3 out of 10.

    About your signature, I think it's funny personally, but some of the other mods might not. You might want to change that.
  4. Blade and Dave, thank you very much for the quick advice. I will probly go with M-Adudio Audiophile 24/96 or Eum 0404. The Echo Mia looks superb but a bit out of my price range. $99 sounds like a good price for me. Are there any other software programs I should look into, or will Audacity work well enough for optimal sound quality? Thx again.


    PS. Sry about the sig, it's an old slogan of mine and it kinda just stuck, i forget some ppl find it offenceive.
  5. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Audacity will work just fine.

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