I’m trying to record via the laptop’s 3.5mm input. I have an adapter to make it 1/4" to my amp’s emulated output. There’s a phase problem. I tried to disable the microphone in the laptop but then it says I can’t record. It sounds like a latency/phase problem. I don’t know what to do.
Oh-I have Windows 8.1 too. Forgot to post that.
Make sure [u]enhancements[/u] are turned-off.
Latency (delay) will only cause “phasing” if the delayed sound is mixed with the non-delayed sound. If you are not monitoring yourself through the computer and the delay is long-enough to foul-up your playing, latency is not an issue. (I assume you are listening directly to the amp.)
1/4" to my amp’s emulated output.
I assume that’s a line-level output?
I’m trying to record via the laptop’s 3.5mm input. I have an adapter to make it 1/4" to my amp’s emulated output.
That might “work”, but it’s wrong! The line-level signal is about 100 times a microphone signal, and you may overload (distort) the microphone input. The distortion may be OK with a guitar, but it’s probably not the “good sounding distortion” you want.
You’ll generally get better results using the line-input on a desktop/tower computer, or with a line-level interface such as the [u]Behringer UCA202[/u]. (Behringer also makes an inexpensive interface with a guitar input.)
The mic input on a laptop is also wrong for a guitar or any stage/studio mic. And, it’s usually low-quality and mono. (Mono is OK for a solo guitar or vocal, etc.). So, I consider the mic-input on a laptop or consumer soundcard to be worthless for any “serious” recording. (The line-input on a regular soundcard is often OK.)
Oh-I knew the difference between mic and line signals but stupidly assumed it was a line input on the laptop. I will get one of those Behringer signal changers when I can afford one. So I just tried to record with the laptop’s internal mic. Same phasing issues doing it that way. Is that the sound waves hitting the walls in my apartment and bouncing back making the latency issue?This doesn’t have to be a high-quality recording. But I would like a recording without these issues. Thank you to you people who are helping!!!
It probably has nothing to do with “latency”. The most likely cause is that you have “Windows Sound Enhancements” enabled. (See link posted by DVDdug)