I have a minidisc recorder and I also have a laptop connected to a docking station. My live recordings are taken on the minidisc and there is very little residual noise - what should be silence is indeed very nearly silence. I transfer my minidisc recordings to the laptop using a 3.5mm gold plated stereo jack lead from the line-out socket of the minidisc to the line-in socket of my laptop’s docking station. The problem I have is that even when the minidisc is not playing there is a residual noise on the laptop’s line-in of about -34dB peak.
Yes I know the correct answer to this problem may be to use decent equipment. Assuming I’m stuck with what I have then is there some kind of gate function that says “if the peak input is less than -34dB then treat this as silence” ? Is this the sort of thing a VST plugin can perform?
Thanks in advance!