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    Default PC Recording via Mic input

    Can I connect the headphone output (Green socket) to the Mic input (Pink socket) so that I can record music directly to Audacity?
    Is it safe to do so?
    Or can Audacity record music being streamed? If not what program would record streamed music?

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    Default Re: PC Recording via Mic input

    Years ago, used a program called Total Recorder http://www.totalrecorder.com/ captured audio that some of the others don't, even Audacity couldn't capture. Don't try catching Audio via a mic, you'll get all sorts of unwanted sounds and low quality.

    If you want to use Audacity There should be a option to capture audio from different outputs. (don't use the program my self)

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    Default Re: PC Recording via Mic input

    Thank you. I will try Total Recorder. Your advice is much appreciated as always.

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    Default Re: PC Recording via Mic input

    Many motherboards should have a line-in. If a laptop then you may need to get a capture audio device. There are ways to convert the mic-in so line-in works. People do that with digital cameras if they need to plug the sound desk mixer panel sound into a digital camera. Shops like Rubber Monkey would carry those devices.

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    Default Re: PC Recording via Mic input

    Are you trying to record something that's being played on the computer itself?

    Definitely don't plug the line out/headphone out into the Mic jack, especially not on the same computer. It's not designed for that at all. At best the audio will sound horrible, at worst you may damage your sound chip.

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    Default Re: PC Recording via Mic input

    I've never had to use any external connections with Audacity ... you should be able to set it up so that you can record directly from a website, YouTube for example (please make you you read and fully comprehend the copywrite infringement laws, as well as terms of imprisonment, for downloading music from such websites) ... Yeah, then once you've ignored that, it's pretty simple, BUT, I do believe there a a couple of other small apps you need to run with Audacity, one of which saves it to MP4 or other format you chose. One other thing is, Audacity has a great help section ... I advise having a read, you'll save yourself a lot of time and the naughty word jar will stay empty !! ... wish i could take my own advice on hindsight ... LOL

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    Default Re: PC Recording via Mic input

    If you really wanted to do that you could safely use a phone or tablet or laptop to do the playback and connect it to the line in. A rather crude and potentially poor quality method but it should work ok. One thing that is a little tricky is getting the levels right, you don't want it too loud or too quiet. I've done it from a Walkman to a PC to record audio tapes back in the dark ages. But as others have said there should be a software solution for recording anything you can playback on the pc without the need for a physical connection.

    Do bear in mind audio connections between devices connected to the same power supply (mains for example) can sometimes have earth loop issues that cause noise, easily fixed by running one off battery if it happens.
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    Default Re: PC Recording via Mic input

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    Don't try catching Audio via a mic, you'll get all sorts of unwanted sounds and low quality.
    Very true. A mic is very low quality and only suitable for voice. You need to connect audio out to audio in for the best results.
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