Therefore, you must use what is called a preamplifier. If you have a stereo system with an input jack on the back-labeled “phono”, you already have a preamp. It’s in your stereo system. Just leave your turntable connected to the Phono-In of your stereo and connect a Line Level output of your stereo to the sound card input. Many times, this line level output is marked as “Tape Out”. Now, any audio (including your turntable) you can hear from your stereo system will be available to your computer for recording.
If you don’t have a stereo system to connect your turntable to, or it’s in another room, you’ll need a stand- alone preamplifier. These are not expensive and you can get one at www.tracertek.com. Again, this takes the tiny signal from your turntable and amplifies it so that it’s now a standard line level signal that can be plugged directly into your sound card.
Another device that does not put out a standard Line Level signal is a microphone. If you want to record from a mic, just plug the mic into the jack on your sound card that is labeled Microphone. If you need to use this mic jack, again, refer to your manual for your sound card for specifics.
In most cases, you’ll simply either be taking the output of your source to the input of your sound card. This is pretty easy to visualize since the computer is really acting like a familiar tape recorder with an input and an output. Many audiophiles have very sophisticated and complicated audio systems that allow many different kinds of hookups. Therefore, there are many alternative methods for connecting your computer to a sound system in order to be able to use MILLENNIUM. If you have questions about any specific hookup, feel free to call Tracer at 717-764-9240.
Step Five – Turn Screen Saver and Background Tasks Off In some cases when recording, if your screen saver or other background task automatically comes on, it may interrupt your recording or add glitches that you didn’t want. It is always better to turn this off before recording. Though this is less of a problem with faster computers, most users will feel more secure if they turn off automatic backups, screen savers, etc. This allows the computer to fully concentrate on recording clean audio.
Step Six – Testing Your System By now you should have installed the software and connected your speakers to the sound card output and some audio playback device (such as a tape player) to the sound card input. It’s time to make sure your efforts have borne fruit.
The first thing we’re going to do is run the MILLENNIUM program. Do this by double clicking the icon on your desktop. Put away the tips screen and click on File/Open Source. You’ll now see a familiar windows file selector box. Navigate to c:/program files/diamond cut productions/DC Millennium/Wavefiles. Open the file called Demo1. This is a standard .wav file and was included with the program. We’ll actually clean up this file in the next section, but for now we just want to play it.
Once the file is selected, it will open in the program and you’ll see the graphic drawing of the audio waveform on your display. It will look like this: