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Recording from external programs into Cool Edit Pro?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Kalzare, May 6, 2006.

  1. Kalzare

    Kalzare Guest


    I've been recording samples played in Fruity Loops Studio 5 (using a midi keyboard to set pitch) into Cool Edit Pro 2.1, but somewhere along the line I messed with the settings too much and CEP no longer picks up anything when I try to record. Could anyone tell me the settings I need for CEP/FL to record from one program into the other like this again?

  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Kalzare, I think the problem that you're having is an internal software soundcard mixing problem? That is to say that some other program that you have used in the past has hijacked and reset the recording source selection. To correct this problem, my recommendation is that you utilize the resident Microsoft Windows mixer application. Most expensive and professional soundcard's come with some kind of input and output source mixer applets such as the M-audio and MOTU products but if you don't have one of those kinds of higher-end audio interfaces that have their own proprietary based input and output routing and level mixer, this is what you will have to do.

    I think you're probably referring to your computers resident built-in SoundBlaster type card which I find better controlled under Microsoft Windows own mixer applets. I don't much like those cheap sound cards own mixer/router programs. The cool thing is that the Microsoft mixer and the cheap sound cards mixer work in tandem! So if you move the fader up and down in the Microsoft mixer and you have the cheap sound cards mixer also open on your desktop, you will in all likelihood see 2 fader's move when you move only one! Pretty cool, eh?

    So what you need to do now is, go to your Microsoft start menu, select programs, than accessories, entertainment and " volume control". That will bring up your playback/monitor mixer. Now if you take that mixer and click on the "options" drop-down menu, then "properties", then select "record". You will now be looking at your input source recording/routing mixer! It is from there that you will see the different inputs available on your sound card and from your software and also have the ability to select other input sources that are not immediately display. It is from that record mixer you can select your various recording sources, such as line input, auxiliary input, microphone input wave and sometimes what's necessary is the little-known " what you hear" or " output source" which will then give you the ability to record anything that you are monitoring on your playback/monitor mixer. Confused yet?

    Now for the more useful fun part! With the recording mixer opened, you can go back to the start menu and open up the " volume control" again. What this will do is display the monitor/playback mixer that you originally saw before you selected the recording mixer! You can actually have both the playback/monitor and recording mixer opened simultaneously on your desktop which is very handy in the ability to select what source you want to listen to or record, from your crappy soundcard. This Microsoft mixer is generally not effective with the more elegant, elaborate and expensive quality sound cards, as I mentioned earlier. Again that is usually the stuff that is controlled by the proprietary software that came with the expensive soundcard.

    Hopefully this should solve your problems?

    I think Cool Edit passed the Audition?
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. Kalzare

    Kalzare Guest

    Yep, you were right. After a bit of experimentation in the Microsoft mixers I got everything back to normal. Thanks for such a speedy reply. :D
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Totally awesome doodley dude! I'm glad that worked for you! Now all you have to do is purchase a good sound card? What I'm really trying to say year is you will soon learn that the crappy soundcard will teach you everything you need to know as long as you don't overload the inputs but I think you will soon learn just how awful the audio quality is on those things and will probably want to step up to something better once you learn what you're doing and get comfortable with that. There are many once and sound cards and interfaces to choose from. Most of them have truly good audio characteristics in comparison to your blaster type soundcard. Everybody here on this forum hates all of those cheap SoundBlaster like cards. I personally have both a Digidesign soundcard and a Mark of the Unicorn 2408 soundcard but all of my computers with ASUS motherboards all have onboard audio with Analog Devices chips, which don't sound horrible at least for playback purposes so for recreational listening I still use the ones that are built into the computer. Some computer motherboards have simply awful onboard audio so watch what you buy.

    Your mother of audio
    Ms. Remy Ann David

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