I’m trying to get my recorded songs on my mixer to my laptop. 2 RCA plugs come out of the mixer and as I understand, I need a USB audio interface, I think. I have no idea which one to buy and what effect this has on the quality of the songs I transfer.
Below are some specs of my laptop/mixer. I don’t know a lot about this so I hope someone can explain and help me with this problem. If you need more information/pictures, please ask.
OS: Windows 10
Processor: Intel i5-6200U CPU @2.30GHz
RAM: 16.0 GB
System type: 64 bit
It looks like I can’t download those 3rd party software amymore But thanks for the tip!
From what I read on the Internet, your “mixer” can write to a CD. So it you could digitally transfer the audio to the computer via CD and avoid the extra digital-to-analog-to-digital conversions. Although it will be less convenient.
Can you explain what the advantages are of a phono preamplifier?
If you don’t have a turntable you don’t need that feature. 1. A phono cartridge puts-out a few millivolts (similar to a microphone). The signal needs to be amplified to line-level (about 1V). The output from a mixer, or CD player, or TV, etc., is line level.
Vinyl records are RIAA equalized. The highest frequencies are boosted by about 20dB and the lowest frequencies are cut by about 20dB. The preamp applies (playback) RIAA equalization for (approximately) flat frequency response.
…In the “analog days” stereo receivers had a built-in phono preamp (rare today). DJ mixers, have phono preamps built-in.
Some modern turntables (including USB turntables) have a built-in preamp so you can plug them into a modern stereo system without adding a separate preamp. (Higher-end turntables are still built the old way with no active electronics.)