Recording line-in and mic at the same time

I’m using Audacity 1.3.6, and i would like to record from my microphone and my line-in at the same time. Recording on separate channels isn’t really necessary, although if it’s possible it would be nice. The inputs both work just fine, but i don’t know if there’s a way to record both of them at the same time. Is there a way to do this only using Audacity or do i need separate software to do this with?

That’s dangerously close to the common request of producing your whole podcast in your sound card. Probably not. The sound card won’t do that, I don’t think it’s a software problem.

“Two” of anything is the magic place we send people to a small mixer and use the computer as a straight recorder. Two microphones, microphone and tape playback, two high level signals, etc. You can buy stunningly expensive sound cards designed to do this.

Several people make “Podcast Packages” for cheap that allow you to put several sound services into a USB box and plug the box into the computer. Again, the computer is just the recorder.


Sorry for posting a common question - my intent wasn’t for podcasting so i wasn’t searching for that, and as a result, nothing for it really came up in my numerous Google searches.

I’m not entirely sure what you mean by using the computer as a straight recorder, but i get that Audacity can’t do this and it’s not a software thing. Unfortunately, “stunningly expensive” isn’t in my budget :stuck_out_tongue:

Thanks for the help (:

Most people want to plug “a bunch” of sound sources into their computer and have it record all of them. Typical computers do one thing only and to mix a bunch of things together takes an outside mixer, console or sound desk (depending on which continent you’re from).

So the computer, instead of producing a mix of several things, just records one already mixed signal. Basically a computerized tape machine.

A typical place people want to do this is PodCasting (two microphones and one CD playback), but any application that requires recording more than one sound works the same way.

The expensive machines don’t mix anything. They produce a digital sound track package and make use of Audacity’s ability to record 16 things at the same time. But they are typically 16 similar things. Sixteen microphones or sixteen high-level performances. Rarely do they allow you to mix and match different types and levels of sound. For that, you’re back to the mixing desk or iPod package.

All this is way beyond what you can do with the sound card that came inside your computer.