Line in problems

  • Biteydog
Posted: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 13:59
I've just installed 64studio 2.0 pre-1 and updated fully on synaptic. In my previous installation (1.4) the soundcard was fully able to take input through its line in socket. Now it won't, no matter how much I tweak the ALSA mixer. I have the feeling I'm overlooking something obvious - can anyone tell me what it is? Will installing 2.0 (full, stable version) and updating resolve this?

Probably capture is off

  • Free
  • 05/22/07
  • Tue, 09/25/2007 - 10:22
Try to open alsamixer from the terminal, then press tab till you reach the capture page, and then press space to toggle the capture on and off. I think this should go in the FAQ, or we have to find a way to toggle that on by default, something might have changed in ALSA since earlier releases.


  • Biteydog
  • 09/24/07
  • Tue, 09/25/2007 - 11:07
Thankyou very much, Free, that's sorted it out. I didn't realise you could open the ALSA mixer in a terminal like that. Thankyou, also, Quentin - I guess that explains the hollow, flat sound of my guitar once its been recorded. Time I bought an M-Audio card, I think... Thanks once again.

Guitar tone

  • Daniel
  • 05/22/07
  • Tue, 09/25/2007 - 16:01
If your guitar sounds bad after plugging it direct into your soundcard, it's likely to be due to poor impedance matching from a passive pick-up, rather than a lack of audio quality on the soundcard side. See for some tips. A small, low power guitar amp and a microphone, or a guitar pre-amp, is usually better than going direct with an electric guitar. For an acoustic guitar, you can blend the microphone sound with the DI sound from an active (battery powered) pickup, by recording each to its own track and mixing as required.

Useful site, that, Daniel,

  • Biteydog
  • 09/24/07
  • Wed, 09/26/2007 - 10:22
Useful site, that, Daniel, thankyou. I've recently bought an amp for my electric guitar, since I'd heard that recording it through the mic was the way ahead. I was beginning to despair of ever getting the acoustic to sound right, though, so your advice with the active pickup is most welcome. I still fancy that M-Audio card, mind you!


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Mon, 09/24/2007 - 16:27
I have the Audigy platinum, and no problems here. I don't use the card for input normally, as it is not a very good card for pro audio capture...


  • Biteydog
  • 09/24/07
  • Mon, 09/24/2007 - 15:05
The soundcard is an Audigy platinum. Thanks.