Step 4: Getting Your Computer set up for Recording
- A 1/8 inch male to male cable.
- A 1/4 inch to 1/8inch adapter.
Please refer to the pictures to see what the cable and adapter look like. You may not need the adapter. The only time that you need the adapter is if you are recording from a tape deck or a turntable that has a 1/4 inch output jack. You should be able to get both of these at Radioshack for a couple of dollars.
Once you have your cable and adapter you are ready to plug them into your computer. Now take a look at the back of your computer. You should see 3 to 9 round jacks towards the middle of your computer they may be next to a large yellow plug that looks kind of like a monitor plug. They may or may not be labeled but they should be color coded. The colors tell you what jack is what. The only jack that we are interested in is the red jack. The red jack is for a microphone or some other kind of input. There may be a small picture that is supposed to look something like microphone or the letters mic next to the red jack. Now plug in one end of your 1/8 inch cable into this red jack, it doesn't matter which end. Position the other end of your cable so that you can reach it from the front of your computer. If the source that you are recording from has 1/4 inch headphone jack then you will want to plug the adapter into the end of your cable that isn't plugged into your computer. If your recording source has a 1/8 inch headphone connector you don't need to use the adapter. You always want to record from the headphone jack. This is because if you try to record from speaker outputs you may blow up your sound card and you don't want to do that.