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question about headphone output

Discussion in 'Recording' started by rockdude, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. rockdude

    rockdude Active Member

    i have a friend who is using a cheapo keyboard that has only a output in headphone output form that he would normally use to play in silence but he recently started using it to connect directly to his pc for recording in audacity my question is how good of qualility is that really for him?you know its just one headphone hole, should he upgrade like i think?
     
  2. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Is there an upgrade in the works? Cheapo keyboard usually means cheapo headphone amp - it's not the ideal signal. How does it sound?

    Keyboard headphone jacks are usually 1/4 inch stereo 3-conductor TRS.

    Is he using a standard mono 1/4 inch TS instrument cable?

    Is he mono-ing the Left and Right before going into a mono computer input? or recording the L/R in stereo?

    Can you tell us about what kind of inputs the computer or interface has?
     
  3. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    rockdude, the problem with cheapo keyboards is they sound like cheapo keyboards. Improving the signal chain out from the cheapo keyboard produces a louder, cleaner cheapo keyboard sound with all the artifacts associated with this sound.

    Maybe midi is in your future?
     
  4. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    I guess what we're trying to say is, no matter how hard you try you can't polish a turd.
     
  5. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    You could however, get electrical cleaner on his contacts, and polish on his keys.

    *electrical contacts, not contact lenses.
     
  6. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    I thought electrical contacts was having three different electricians phone numbers on my rolodex. As opposed to electrical context; how we actually use electricity.
    Sorry I have been accused of being anti-semantic.
     
  7. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I guess this all really depends on how important this keyboard sound is to you. If you are only using it because of budget considerations I'd just clean the contacts and make do with the headphone jack. If the cheesy sound of the keyboard is musically important to you, you should start searching keyboard forums and find people who are using "found sounds" from old keyboards, video games, toys, etc. to make music. They must have a lot of experience in modifying things that most people think of as junk in order to use them in "serious" music. It's not necessarily easy. These are basically cheap toys and not meant to be repaired or modified. But it is possible. Good luck.
     

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