the primary playback device. Also, make sure the MILLENNIUM is set correctly for your sound card under Edit/Device I/O. If you are recording and can hear audio playing through the speakers but the record VU meters are not jumping, then check your sound card’s mixer. Many times, the Recording mixer is turned down or muted. Just find the mixer (in many cases it’s a little yellow or blue speaker icon located in your Windows Tray beside your clock). Double click this icon. Now go to Options/Properties then click on Recording and then click OK.. Make sure your Line Input is selected in this mixer – not your mic input.
Step Four – Connect Your Computer To Your Audio System
Your sound card has both an input and an output. The output is used when you play an audio file and the input is used when you record audio into the computer. Refer to your sound card manual or the little icons on your soundcard to identify which jack is for output (playing back audio) and which is for input (recording audio).
We first want to connect speakers to the output of your sound card so we can hear audio. You probably already have speakers connected. If you do, then fine. Just leave them alone. If not, you’ll need to connect the output of your sound card to either an amplifier or amplified speakers with line level inputs.
Note: Your sound card records and plays audio at a certain known level. This standard level is referred to as Line Level. Just about all devices play or record with this exact audio level so they’re all compatible with each other. CD players, Tape Recorders, Amplifiers, Receivers, VCRs, DAT machines, Mini discs and most other devices all play or record this standard Line Level signal. This means you can plug your tape player output or other line level device directly into the input of your sound card since they both use the same type level of signal.
Mic Input Line Input
Speakers Figure 1- Wiring Things Up!
Next, we need to plug some audio into the Input of your sound card so we can record this audio into your computer. If you are using a line level device, just plug it into the sound card line level input using whatever adapter cable mates your player device (i.e., tape recorder) to the input jack on your sound card.
Big Note on Turntables - There are two common playback devices that are NOT line level and which CANNOT be plugged directly into the line level input of your sound card. The first is a Turntable with a magnetic phono cartridge. A magnetic phono cartridge puts out a signal that is much smaller than line level. Your sound card cannot use this signal as it is – it must be amplified up to a standard Line Level before it gets to your sound card.