[78-L] digital dilemma

Rodger Holtin 78-L rjh334578 at gmail.com.invalid
Sat Apr 14 16:40:47 PDT 2018

Apparently there's a way to adjust mic inputs to line level inputs via adjustments to the computer sound card.  A friend did that with an Asus laptop running Windows 8.1.  Not sure how universally that can be applied but there it is for wha it's worth. 
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> On Apr 13, 2018, at 9:14 AM, gmail - i.collect.records <i.collect.records at gmail.com.invalid> wrote:
> Typically a step down cable is red at one end only. It would drop a line 
> level to a mic level but it would not adjust EQ for RIAA. I hope you're 
> not using RIAA for 78s.
> In earlier versions of Win there were profiles, you could set up what 
> hardware was enabled in a certain profile. No need to go into BIOS and 
> the kill the thing entirely, unless you want to do that. Perhaps later 
> versions have this feature somewhere?
> Joe Salerno
> I collect Records of all formats, sizes and vintages.
>>> On 4/13/2018 7:17 AM, Mark Bardenwerper wrote:
>>> On 4/12/2018 10:22 PM, Ron L'Herault wrote:
>>> That third symbol is line level input.  You can't plug most turntables into it but output from a tape out is line level.
>>> Ron L
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>>> Subject: Re: [78-L] digital dilemma
>>> Thanks, Iñigo,
>>> That turned out to be a good answer.  I hadn't messed with that since I had no clue what the third jack on this thing is.
>>> There are three 1/8" jacks.  There's a pink one marked with a picture of a microphone, a green one with a picture of headphones and a third, blue one, marked with an icon something like this (((-+))).
>>> I can patch from the output of the tape deck or whatever into the mic and it is over modulated, as we would expect by running line level into any microphone input.   The headphone jack is exactly what the picture implies.  If I plug into the (((+-))), I get that source audio through the computer speakers, and both Nero and Audacity record it correctly.
>>> That means I can bypass the old outboard sound card altogether with this computer - a real plus.
>> You might be able to go into CMOS and disable the onboard sound card.
>> Also, there is such a thing as an "attenuated" audio cord. I had one,
>> but I failed to mark it as such and it got mixed with others and lost in
>> the fray.
>> https://tinyurl.com/y8or789g
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