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Plugging into a Computers Sound Card

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 4:08 pm
by ZK-TUI
I bought myself a 6.35mm to 3.5mm converter (mono not stereo) from DSE today. I did this so I could plug my bass into the microphone jack on the back of my computer. Unfortunatley I can't get any sound. I don't have any effects pedals or anything plus on the internet it says that you can just plug it straight in. Is there any way to fix this cause I don't really want to have to buy anything else...
Basically no sound. Not even quiet hints.

Thanks,
Tui

Re: Plugging into computer

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:43 pm
by beagle
Hi Tui
From my experience 1/4" jack into 3.5mm conversion adaptors tend to be notoriously unreliable for some reason.
Here's what I'd try;
Firstly test that the mic input on the computer is properly turned on and picking up signal by plugging in a 3.5mm cable connected to an mp3 or cd player etc.
Assuming that has worked ok, try using different guitar cables with the adaptor.
Also try pulling the 1/4" jack just slightly out of the adaptors socket ..... and also try pulling the adaptor slightly out of the computers socket.... this may form a connection (all be it a dodgy one)
If this dodgy option works then you can either put up with that or try to find either a guitar cable that fits better or try a different adaptor.
Good luck :-)

Re: Plugging into computer

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:05 am
by timi
Also be aware that when you do get sound passing through that output of the bass is too hot for the mic pre. There really isn't a good way to do what you want to without getting an audio interface.

Re: Plugging into computer

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:51 am
by beagle
Yeah timi's right ... when I've done it I used the 'line in', not the mic.
there are some very cheap usb audio interfaces out there now.

Re: Plugging into computer

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:38 pm
by timi
timi wrote:Also be aware that when you do get sound passing through that output of the bass is too hot for the mic pre.
That made no sense....

But basically, you really need an audio interface.

Re: Plugging into computer

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:11 pm
by definite
or at least a little mixer (DJ or live etc).

That will give you eq and level control + convert the signal to line level

Re: Plugging into computer

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:38 pm
by timi
Yeah that would kinda work too, but really you also need a DI to match the impedance properly. After you buy those two things you probably could have bought an interface (most have a built in DI).

Re: Plugging into computer

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:54 pm
by beagle
Exactly!