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Line In HELP Please

Discussion in 'Recording' started by malchick, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. malchick

    malchick Guest

    Hey, I've been trying to record my bass on my computer, using Cakewalk and even Sound Recorder, but have run into problems - I can plug my bass into the line in (the one next to the headphone socket .. ?) just fine, but under the Sound tab in Control Panel it says the "Rec Playback" part of my sound card is currently unavailable, and I'm assuming this is why the computer can't pick up sound played on my bass - does anyone have any idea how to make that option available, or in general any way to get this sound recording to work?

    Basically, the rec playback option works, but when I plug my bass in it becomes unavaliable, and the microphone/line in option become avaliable - is this correct? If so, how come my computer won't pick up the sound of my bass?
     
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    I have no idea what is going on.

    If by "rec playback" you mean "stereo mix" (I hate these damn custom drivers with their stupid control panels) then, err... you're using Vista, right?

    I would check that you have selected the Line Input (should be a blue jack) as your record source, and that it's turned up.
     
  3. malchick

    malchick Guest

    i dont have different coloured wires etc, its really basic, ive just plugged in my bass into the socket next to the headphone one, both sockets being directly on my laptop...has what i assumeto be a microphone symbol next to it?
     
  4. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Mic In != Line In
    (not equal to)

    You're almost guaranteed to distort the input, get a crappy signal, and probably upset your bass a little because the mic jack tries to add power to the cable so that computer mics can work.
     
  5. malchick

    malchick Guest

    as i'm on a laptop, would an external sound card fix this problem?
     

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