Hi everyone. In the article, there is little mention of the outputs on the interfaces. Is that the term then, that "computer recording" is the process of recording on to the computer and staying in the computer for mixing etc? My challenge is understanding how the outputs of the interface go to an analog mixer for headphone mixes.Just using a mixer with the interface. I read the whole tweakheads site and did not find the analog mixer to soundcard article helpful at all. I'll keep looking around these forums.
Excellent article, cleared up a lot of points for me. Thank you.
Thanks arcadeco for the great information! My main issue has been getting a really good stereo recording from my keyboard. You mention:
I do have a Soundblaster Creative Live Drive IR panel on my computer that came with the soundcard. It only has one 1/4 input, but it DOES have RCA L/R inputs that I think I'll try. Do you think the RCA inputs will get me a good stereo recording?RCA jacks are also common (usually L/R red and white stereo) for line inputs/outputs.
Common analog outputs are similar to the inputs but ¼” jack outputs are probably the most common, usually a left and right.
Excellent little post, and certainly sticky-worthy. I would suggest you expand on it as your time and knowledge permit, and update it from time to time.
Well, I tried the RCA L/R inputs, and I am not getting a good stereo sound. Which means I'm going to have to upgrade my audio interface.I do have a Soundblaster Creative Live Drive IR panel on my computer that came with the soundcard. It only has one 1/4 input, but it DOES have RCA L/R inputs that I think I'll try. Do you think the RCA inputs will get me a good stereo recording?
All I want is a good stereo recording for my keyboard, and MIDI capability. When I mean stereo, I mean the kinda sound where you can feel it go back and forth to both ears, touching your eardrums. I just cannot seem to get this.
When I look at the pictures of the audio interfaces that you have links of, I can't see the 1/4 inch L and R inputs. Do most of them have this and I'm just not seeing it?
- as far as stereo - if you need to record stereo output from a keyboard then you will need to get a minimum two channel interface. Almost every interface is stereo capable - like an Avid Mbox - or even an Alesis Multimix 8 would work at about $150 (you don't need the USB 2 if you only want to record 2 tracks, if you want to record each 8 channels separate get the USB 2.0 which is around $250) -
there are several small interfaces that will work that are inexpensive.
Is there any reason you want to record the midi also? the midi is just the keystrokes on the keyboard - no sound - but you can apply that to different synths via midi. You could actually record just the midi into Reaper and use a free VST synth to reproducs the sound - then you wouldn't even need an interface because you wouldn't actually need to record an audio signal - just the midi data.
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