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Re: recording w mic
Hi on1site Something you may have to try. if the unit has level controls for gain, sometimes, you can get enough gain through the standard stages to record, particularly if the music is LOUD:). Record live to tape, drop it into a computer and run a compressor over it to pull the gain up to a decent level. Use the best mics you have is also another tip to good recording. I am more than happy to answer any other questions you may have about
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The mic input on some units is just a one or two transistor circuit and the non use of the Mic connector for a long time can result in the contacts being tarnished. Also you need to use a Dynamic mic that has the appropriate connector. Some people buy adapters for mics and give no thought that the adapter is wrong. So there are a lot of things that can be stopping the mic input from working. Also you need to have the unit is record pause mode to see the input type signal most of the time.
In general some unit have headphone jacks that have normalized connection on them that turn speakers off when the headphones are plugged in. Also these jack if not used often can become intermittent or can break the amplifier signal. In the event that it is not this then I would look for bad soldering in the amplifier section and then scope a sine wave signal injected into the input of the unit to see why the amp is not working. It could be an amplifier IC or lack of power going to it. To be 100% certain I would have to look at the unit to determine the real fault.
You need a set of RCA AV dubbing cables (available at fine electronics
stores everywhere), and a couple VCRs. Plug the cables into the "A/V
Out" jacks on the back of the VCR that will be playing, and into the
"A/V In" jacks on the VCR that will record.
Also on the recording
VCR, use a regular coaxial cable to attach it to a television.
set the TV to 3, fire up the VCR's, and set the recording VCR's TV/VCR
toggle to VCR. Also on the one that is recording, set the channel to
"INPUT" or "AUX" or something like that. (You're telling it to record
what it sees coming from the jacks you plugged the cables into.) Then
hit Play on the other machine. You should be able to see your tape
playing back. If you do, you have followed these directions correctly,
and you're ready to make your dub.
HINT: The first few feet of
tape are often prone to dropout and generally sucking. Record a minute
of black before making your dub. Mark this on the tape or tell them when
you turn it in. They will be impressed.
Two ways. You can put the audio out leads of the CD into the line in of the recorder. However you will have to listen to the recording by connecting headphones to the Recorder's jack socket.
The most common way is to connect the recorder to an amp and the CD to the same and with the cd playing back press record.
In both cases you must set the record level control so that sound on the VU meters peaks at loudest parts at around 0db, rarely going over (into the red on LED type meter).
You will need a 4way RCA type phono cable, the better quality types will give you a better sound. Connect the playback jacks via the output sockets of the recorder to the tape inputs of the amp, vice-versa for the record jacks.
Inputs at rear of machine. From Left to right.
Circle with line underneath. (Micro socket) - microphone, mixer (Grundig 607), telephone adapter.
Square with line on top - Radio input/Output. Record/playback radio. Record records if player is connected to radio for playback via a 3-pole amplifier unit. Re-recording to a second tape recorder. Connection to a Grundig Stereo-Mixer 608.
Reversed Q - Phono Input. Connection to a record player or a second tape recorder. (for re-recording records or tapes)
Squiggly lines - Outputs. - Connection to external speakers. Grundig Stereo Box. Connection to an additional amplifier (Grundig 229) for synchronous recording.
Square with line at right. - Earphones.
Loudspeaker switch - (At bottom) - In the "0" position, the internal speakers are shut off.