Hello, Windows 7 user on a Dell Latitude laptop. Just downloaded Audacity 2.1.1 and attempting to record from a Yamaha YPG-225 digital piano. I have a 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable, with 1/4" adapter plugged into keyboard’s audio out, and the other 3.5mm end plugged into laptop’s unified headset jack (to be read as not solely a microphone jack, but as a headset jack). I confirm the jack works by using a line-in headset like you would use on a phone, but it is not picking up the audio from the keyboard. Any assistance anyone can provide would be wonderful.
The keyboard shows as “phones/output” where it is plugged in. I know it can work with a dedicated mic input on a computer, as it has worked on my brother’s computer. The cable does not have the three black lines like a headset connection does, but two black lines like a standard headphone.
So if I understand right, without additional equipment, my headset jack on the laptop is incapable of recording from my keyboard?
Most full-size PCs do have stereo line in.
Some PC laptops have stereo line in, some only have mono mic in. Probably more than half of new PCs don’t have stereo line-in though I have no reliable statistics about the exact proportion.
Sound cards that are built into most standard PCs are not particularly good quality. Usually the playback is OK, but recording quality is often not very good, particularly on laptops.