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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Is there an adapter from mixer to USB for laptop?


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mike gregory - Posted - 05/18/2020:  14:27:28


I figured asking 18,000 of my closest friends would be quicker and more informational than hunting for one on the Internet.

From my mixer's 1/4 inch output jack , or the earphone jack, to a USB plug into the side of the laptop.

steveh_2o - Posted - 05/18/2020:  15:12:23


I think I use one similar to what you are looking for that plugs into the output jack on a guitar. The one I have was an accessory for the "Rocksmith" video game on Xbox.  My PC thinks it is a microphone but it inputs right into my recording software (Audacity)





 





 



Looks like there are a bunch of generic ones on ebay.



 



 

mike gregory - Posted - 05/18/2020:  21:28:29


I apppreciate the information.
Thanks.

JoeDownes - Posted - 05/19/2020:  10:10:33


I've been recording with a USB sound card for some years. Here's a similar one: focusrite.com/en/usb-audio-int...rlett-2i2

mike gregory - Posted - 05/19/2020:  12:47:21


Thank you, Mr. Downes.

For our purposes, a mere hunk of cord should suffice,

But, DANG, that's a cool looking piece of tech!

banjoak - Posted - 05/20/2020:  00:48:32


You might consider something like Behringer UCA202. It's a low cost reasonable DAC gives 2 line level channels in and 2 channels out. Not too expensive.



Some of those cheap elec guitar adapter cables might work, but is only 1 channel in, none out, and many cheap ones have questionable DAC quality.


Edited by - banjoak on 05/20/2020 00:57:07

kmwaters - Posted - 05/20/2020:  06:28:59


I just plug my snowflake mic into the front of my pc

mike gregory - Posted - 05/20/2020:  07:44:59


My desktop PC has a plug for a mic.
This is for recording into a laptop AWAY from home., which ONLY has USB ports,
But, I appreciate the help.

250gibson - Posted - 05/20/2020:  07:50:17


quote:

Originally posted by mike gregory

My desktop PC has a plug for a mic.

This is for recording into a laptop AWAY from home., which ONLY has USB ports,

But, I appreciate the help.






There are mics that plug directly into the usb port.   Many on the market at all price points and quality levels. 

KCJones - Posted - 05/20/2020:  09:30:47


What you need is a DAC, digital audio converter. There are many products out there to accomplish this task.

The important thing to remember is that DACs vary in quality. They're not all made the same and the sound quality will be different depending on the product. If you'll be using this a lot, it might be worthwhile to do research on each product and spend enough that you get something that gives you results that are worth listening to.

mike gregory - Posted - 05/20/2020:  10:52:57


quote:

Originally posted by 250gibson

quote:

Originally posted by mike gregory

My desktop PC has a plug for a mic.

This is for recording into a laptop AWAY from home., which ONLY has USB ports,

But, I appreciate the help.






There are mics that plug directly into the usb port.   Many on the market at all price points and quality levels. 






She has  one.



But there are two of us recording onto her laptop.



I figure I could jack a couple of my spare mics into  my dinky little Radio Shack mixer, and then into her laptop, at her house.



 

banjo bill-e - Posted - 05/20/2020:  12:35:27


Mike, I do not believe that it will be as easy as that. I think that you are going to have to convert analog to digital and I think that is going to take more than just a cable, but I'm a digital dummy so will bow out of giving any advice. Good luck.

mike gregory - Posted - 05/20/2020:  13:12:38


I shall post the results here, although I am not planning to go there for a while.
Besides:
The thrift shop is open, and I bought 2 USB mics for $1.99 each. Will now see if they work.
If they do, and if there are enough USB ports on her laptop, that'll do, without a mixer or a cable.

mike gregory - Posted - 05/20/2020:  13:19:17


They both work just fine.
Best $3.98 I've spent all week.
I do believe I have a USB multi-jack somewhere in the piles of computer stuff cluttering up my house.

Thank you all for your advice.

pearcemusic - Posted - 05/21/2020:  18:57:09


Hey mike ... this might do it for u 



Behringer



or



Adorama


Edited by - pearcemusic on 05/21/2020 18:57:31

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