Any standard sound card can be used.
Recorded audio can take up what used to be thought
of as a lot of disk space. Fortunately, disks tend to be kind of huge today. To record
CD-quality stereo sound, you need 10MB of disk space for every minute of audio. For
learning songs, I generally record at CD-quality mono, which gives me same sound quality,
sacrifices stereo, and only eats up half the space. Other space/quality tradeoffs are
discussed in detail below.
Audio source with line or headphone out
You can record from any source that has one or more
output jacks. Jacks labelled "Line", "Out", "Headphones"
will all do. Hey, that's easy.
Appropriate connector cable
You'll need a connector cable to go from your audio
source to your sound card's Line In jack. To attach to most soundcards,, one end should be
a . The other end is whatever is required for the output jack on your sound source. For
many newer devices (especially for headphone jacks), this will also be a stereo
mini-phone plug. However, a cassette deck, receiver, mixer or other standard
stereo component may well require a pair of RCA plugs. This requires that you get a
to stereo mini-phone plug Y-cord. All of these cords are available for a few
dollars in any Radio Shack or other electronics store, and in most stores that sell
Also, note that you can combine cables. If your
computer is more than a couple of feet away from the sound source, then it should be easy
to find a long stereo RCA cable, and to attach appropriate adapters at either end to
convert it into the format you need.
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