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This is a little gadget I got for my b-day recently.  What it does is provide a place to plug in regular "line level" audio into and out of a computer's USB port, acting as basically another sound card. 

Why would anybody want that?  Well, the laptop that I want to be able to use for a more portable sort of studio only has a microphone input, not line in.  The problem with that is usually computer microphone inputs don't work so well for recording because they are usually optimized for use only with things like those little headset mics and voice.  They aren't the best for recording music. 

I wanted this particular type, since I have some older home recording gear like a 4 track analog tape recorder and a small mixer that can use RCA/phono type connections like the jacks you can see on this particular unit.

Would the average musician wanting to do a bit of home recording need one of these gadgets?  Maybe, maybe not.  It depends on what sort of gear you might already have, your computer, and what you want to be able to do.  If you get one of the newer mics mentioned in another thread in this section, that come with USB connectivity, then most likely not.

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That's a sweet little toy there Daniel.  I wish there was something similar that I could use to connect my electric violin to my phone and use the phone's audio system as an external speaker. 

"I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie."

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Wow!! Daniel.. love it.. you bought something in which I can actually understand it's purpose.

:)   Sweet.  Happy Late Birthday.

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Tyberius said
Very nice little gadget.

@FinalPatriot - Are you looking for something like these..

http://www.guitarcenter.com/IK.....=106093545

http://www.zzounds.com/item--LINMOBILEIN

http://www.musiciansfriend.com.....ipod-touch

http://www.musiciansfriend.com.....d-iphone-4

 

 

:)   Thanks Tyberius!  Those are exactly what I was looking for.  Sometimes it amazes me how there is always someone here with an answer to everything.  Perhaps we should form a think-tank and petition D.C. to let us resolve the national debt?  No?  Hmm...

 

"I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie."

Conor Oberst
 
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