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I am attempting to record my vinyl records to my laptop and purchasedan external sound card. I have the record player (which has a pre-amp) connected to the sound card via line-in. The soundcard is then connected via a USB port to the laptop. I can see the sound going through the computer and I am getting sound when I play other things. But I am getting nothing through the headphones connected into the external sound card. I have sound in the headphones when I use the Magix Music Manager but not the Magix Audio Cleaning.

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Try plugging into the internal sound card because thats your main man??

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How to transfer vinyl to cd-simply-I have manual but very confusing-simple step by step needed-thank you-Al B

The popular recording software known as Audacity is a good choice for getting all sorts of sounds saved in a digital format. The easy-to-use features of this program will help you to create complex musical compositions, or just record incoming audio streams. One of the basic things you can do with Audacity is to record sound from vinyl records. Many people still keep vinyls on hand, though the production of this medium has diminished. Here are the basic steps that will help you to use Audacity to record vinyl.


  1. Get your phonograph or record player. Assemble your collection of records and make sure that your record player is in good functioning condition.

  2. Use a cable to connect your record player to the computer with Audacity installed on it. In order to record from vinyl, you'll need to make sure you have accurately connected your record player as an incoming audio stream into the microphone jack of your computer.

    • Use hardware adapters to secure your cable connection. Many older record players utilize a 1/4-sized input jack. The modern laptop computer, as well as many desktop models, use a smaller, 1/8-sized input jack. You can buy simple adapters at your local electronics store to fix this problem.

    • Make sure that your cables and adapters support stereo.

  3. Open the Audacity program on your computer. You will see the signature Audacity screen, with controls at the top, and an empty space to accommodate created tracks.

  4. Start playing the record on your record player.

  5. Hit the red circle that represents the "record" button in Audacity.

  6. Observe the sound coming into Audacity. You should see the track being populated with sound, represented by a fluctuating line as the cursor moves along.

  7. Hit "Stop" to stop the recording.

  8. Stop the record player.

  9. Repeat this process with the entire track. Reset the record player, start playing and hit the Audacity "Record" button again, allowing the entire track to populate with the sound of the vinyl record.

  10. Save your project in your desired format. Audacity supports a number of file formats for the finished product. You can select one of these when you have recorded the entire track. Make every song its own track, or simply record the entire side of the record on one track.

Aug 26, 2015 | Audio Players & Recorders

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Can I record stereo via the mic input on my Dell Inspiron 2200 please? Is there any way of getting a high quality stereo recording from a line level input signal without investing in an external sound...

Try using Musicmatch Jukebox,it`s a great program for this and doesnt cost much..has to be pro version to record.You can choose both line and mic stereo recording as well as burn audio cd`s...lots of great features...good luck:)

Apr 12, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 2200 Notebook

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Dual microphone issue


Technically you can not do this. Most sound cards only support one recording device at a time, especially notebooks. With notebooks usually when you plug in a device it will over ride the build in one.

Now some sound cards give you the option in turn all recording source at the same time so if you laptop would support both mics then you could use this option. The down side is you will be recording from ALL source so you will not want any other sounds going on that you do want in you recording. The steps below will help you check this.

***Note step 4 may not say Analog Mix but if it says mix then most likely you have the option to select all your recording sources.***

4. Insert a check to the left of ANALOG MIX.
5. Click OK.
6. Insert an X beneath ANALOG MIX.
Everything being output via the speakers is now the recording source.

Another option is get a notebook card from Creative Labs as they make sound card. Now if you are doing highend recording you might also look at their highend EMU products as well. I included the links to both there sites.

Let me know if you have any questions


Jan 12, 2010 | HP Pavilion dv4000 Notebook

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When I try to record vinyl records it gets no

Press STOP to stop recording.
Click "save" and save the recording to a file in your "My Documents" folder.
Open your "My Documents" folder.
What is the "size" of the file?
Click with the SECOND (usually the RIGHT) mouse-button on the file, and click 'Play' (with Windows Media Player).
Does it play?
Does Windows Media Player show the correct length (minutes:seconds) for the recording?

Nov 09, 2009 | Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio 9 Full...

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My Toshiba p105 s6004 has a damaged sound control switch, so I have no sound. I think I need to replace the sound card. Who sells these?

you can get a small external sound controller that plugs into a USB port .. these are usually better than what comes with the laptop ... a lot of internal sound cards use only monoral inputs .. i guess thats ok for a mike but really bad if ;you want to record an old record, tape or FM station .. the external sound cards have sterio in and out and many other features ... also some have multichannel (mixer) capabilitys .. they usually have lower noise and better sound quality ... really good ones can be expensive but i got a low cost one locally that works great ..its very small but a big improvment over what my dell had internally in my laptop ..

the sound control switch and the "sound card" are likely seperate ... so replacing the card may not fix the problem if the control is bad .. in fact several spec sheets show the sound card as "integrated" on your machine .. that probably means its built on the motherboard .. not a plugin replacable part.. ouch

here are some external sound cards to get you started .. just search for USB sound controllers on google .. there are many

really small one

Oct 05, 2009 | Toshiba Satellite P105-S6227 Notebook

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Configuring two soundcards for parallel functioning

a windows computer can only use one sound card for one function

you can use the internal sound card for output
you can use the usb sound card for input / recording.

you can't use both for both.

Start -> control panel -> sounds and audio devices properties
open up audio page

You can have one device selected on Sound playback
You can have one device selected on Sound recording.

you can change which sound card is used for which function on this page. if you want to use the internal sound card set both settings to the internal if you want to use the external change both settings to the external.

Jan 09, 2009 | IBM Lenovo ThinkCentre M55e PC Desktop

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How to record sounds using external mic on acer aspire 4315???

go to the sound recorder available at start ---> programs ---> accessories then entertainment ----> sound recorder.

click on edit -----> Audio properties -------> default input device and change it to the external Mic you have connected.

let me know if this helped, good luck :)

Jan 05, 2009 | Acer Aspire 4315 Notebook

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Sound blaster conflict

Wow I have an audigy card and a Olympus and never had that problem before.

Goto and make sure the audigy drivers are updated. There is an update to the olympus software available on their website as well.

If the volume is up too high on your recorder when it is playing back, it may shut the speakers down as a safety precaution especially if your sound card has a limiter to it.

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