hardware - audio aux in vs mic

Israel israeldahl at gmail.com
Wed Dec 10 21:22:02 UTC 2014

On 12/10/2014 07:18 AM, Barry Titterton wrote:
> On 10/12/14 06:42, Lars Noodén wrote:
>> Can the mic port be safely used for audio in or must I stay with the
>> machine with aux in?
>> I will probably be digitizing some analog audio cassette tapes early
>> next year.  I have an old ghettoblaster with a 3.5mm jack that can play
>> the tapes and a choice of two computers.  One has what appears to be aux
>> in the other has a microphone port, both 3.5mm.  I wonder what is the
>> safe way to connect them.
>> Regards,
>> /Lars
> Hi Lars,
> You could also try a USB adaptor such as this:-
> http://www.amazon.co.uk/USB-Stereo-Sound-Card-Adaptor/dp/B003UR9B8M/ref=pd_bxgy_computers_img_y
> You can see that it has a microphone input option so, if the output from
> your cassette player is too much and fries the adaptor, you have only
> wasted a few pence.
> Regards,
> Barry
I have used the mic port for a line in before, but as Aere noted, it is
not the best solution.
However, it can get fairly decent sound depending on how loud you have
your boombox.
I found if I kept it at a fairly low, but loud enough volume I got
fairly good results.
I also would like to recommend Audacity for the job.  It is my favorite
for quick multitrack work.
There are some great editing tools to help get the white noise out, and
get some better EQ levels.
Just look for the ladspa plugins in synaptic or via apt-cache search
ladspa (or apt search ladspa if you are on Utopic)


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