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Pod 2.0, Windows 7 - 64-Bit Connection questions...
by Foley1Kanobi on 2012-02-15 14:04:19

Hi there, I bought a Pod 2.0 (Newer model) about 2 years ago, and i've never been able to set it up working with the laptop, Initially, I was told that i needed a MIDI to USB lead to be able to record from the Pod onto my laptop. So i went to maplins and the guy told me that this was the lead i needed

http://www.maplin.co.uk/usb-to-midi-adaptor-lead-48612

Soi bought that,  and then i tried getting it to work with my laptop - no joy. I think the reason for this is that i can't seem to get the manufacturers drivers or something..

Anyway i left it at that for a bit and today i went into our local recording studio and the guy there told me that i needed to get an external sound card to be able to connect it to it - he recommended

http://www.thomann.de/ie/maudio_fast_track_pro.htm

Theidea is that i want to record myself playing and if possible also singing - but i'm not to worried about the singing as that can be done via mic, although i do have a peavy mic that would be nice to have working aswell.

So, Whats my best bet??

Any or all help is appreciated

Thanks in advance..!



Re: Pod 2.0, Windows 7 - 64-Bit Connection questions...
by Mr_Arkadin on 2012-02-15 14:18:59

MIDI cannot record audio - it is a data-only protocol designed to allow instruments from different manufacturers to talk to each other.

Althougha separate audio device is a good recommendation, how about trying to use you existing set-up? Most computrs come with a sound card built in. Admittedly the input sockets are usually 3.5mm, but are usually stereo. Check what type of connector you have. If it is a 3.5mm stereo LINE input (this is important - it cannot be a mic input), then something like this will suffice:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/3-5mm-Stereo-6-35mm-Audio-Cable/dp/B0034DSUMK

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Theblack jack goes to the Pod left output and the red to the right, the 3.5 into your line input on your audio card. Your audio card may have different connectors or no line input, so a separate solution as recommended by the second guy may be the best way to go.

If you want to sing at the same time then you will definitely need a more sophisticated audio device than what is built into your computer, even that Fast Track will only allow you to record your mic and one (left/mono) output of the Pod - if you want the Pod in stereo and also be able to record your mic you will need at least three inputs (so you'll probably need to look at a device with four inputs).



Re: Pod 2.0, Windows 7 - 64-Bit Connection questions...
by Foley1Kanobi on 2012-02-15 14:33:31

Right, just checked my sound card there, and i think i do actually have a line-in on it by checking the specs of my laptop MSI-GT729 Gaming laptop, And the fact its got 4 audio ports including speakers and headphones - Cool, i might just order that cable and try it out on the my sound card, What software would be the best for recording and editing? Looping and whatnot?

Thanks for your reply aswell..!



Re: Pod 2.0, Windows 7 - 64-Bit Connection questions...
by Mr_Arkadin on 2012-02-15 18:22:21

Well you could try Reaper as it's free to try - and if you don't mind the nag screen you can demo it for as long as you like, fully-featured. It can be quite complex but once you have the basics set up you should be able to use it fairly easily.

http://www.reaper.fm/

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