Thank you for releasing such a great piece of software. It’s real easy to use.
I have been using my Lenovo V100 laptop (Win7 pro, 32 bit), which has separate mic and headphone jacks, to record my old vinyl records. I simply plugged in a cable from the amplifier output to the 3.5mm microphone jack using an RCA conversion cable. Slick and sweet.
I use an Optonica SM-1515B amplifier and a PS-25 Sony turntable.
I decided to try out my wife’s new Lenovo E520 (Win7 pro, 64 bit), which has a combination mic/phone jack. I purchased a “headphone buddy” lookalike that has 2 female 3.5mm receptacles, one for each: mic/phone; this is converted to a 3.5mm four conductor male plug for the laptop receptacle. I connected the amplifier output to the mic input side (just like before), ran the output to my headphones, and plugged the 4-pole 3.5mm male connector into the laptop combo jack.
The incoming sound is quite dim and distorted; it’s scratchy. Outgoing sound is fine, if I choose a source from the laptop that is not the incoming sound from the combo jack.
If I change from using the phono input and just record the radio station, the sound distortions are the same.
If I record my voice using a headset with two separate 3.5mm plugs (phone/mic) the sound recording is absolutely clean.
It occurs to me that the microphone input is NOT stereo. While my old laptop, with the separate mic jack is stereo, it appears that the microphone may be mono.
Has anybody else had experience using the combo jack on a laptop?
Hopefully, I’ve posted this into the appropriate section. If not, please let me know so I can move it (or just move it for me).
p.s. I installed Audacity using the .exe installer on both laptops.