Audio & Video Software forum

General discussion

inputs for LP-to-digital

In the context of getting vinyl records into digital recordings, what is the difference between a line input and a microphone input? will either work?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: inputs for LP-to-digital
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: inputs for LP-to-digital
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
...

In reply to: Easy to find out.

thanks but searching didn't turn up much info

Collapse -
That link explained it in depth.

In reply to: ...

Please share what terms you didn't understand.

Bob

Collapse -
(NT) (NT) It could have something to do with 4,000,000 links?

In reply to: That link explained it in depth.

Collapse -
my appologies

In reply to: That link explained it in depth.

for not searching in depth, but then it is my understanding that if i wanted to use my laptop's mic input, it would be best to use the signal coming right from the record player and if i wanted to use a line level input, i would use the signal from the amplifier?

Collapse -
That might be very close.

In reply to: my appologies

I think you nailed it on the "line level input, i would use the signal from the amplifier" but the other input and output might be a bit strong. Try it on the line input first and see if it works there. If it's fair too faint, move to the mic input.

What's missing are all those Vu meters we used to outfit a recording setup with. Today we just wing it ( a lot ) !

Bob

Collapse -
Probably wrong. It was assumed 'in the day' that a record

In reply to: my appologies

player would be plugged in to a phono input on a preamp. The phono input has special circuitry to perform equalization on audio coming from the phono cartridge. If your record player signal is low enough to work in a mic input, it needs that equalization processing. If it's been equalized and amplified, it's probably too hot for the mic input.

Collapse -
A line level signal comes from a pre-amp or similar

In reply to: inputs for LP-to-digital

device. It has a much more powerful level than a mic. Mic inputs can be used for line level sources, but not very well. The volume would need to be reduced significantly to avoid overloading, and the result would still not be especially good.

I'm assuming that you know what is needed to get an LP source to a pre-amp output.

Popular Forums

icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

SMART HOME

This one tip will help you sleep better tonight

A few seconds are all you need to get a better night's rest.