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SPIDER IV 75 RECORDING

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Hi, i have Spider IV 75 and i need record him, i use my headphone output to PC but it sound horrible, please help me 

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How are you connecting it to the computer?   Ideally you need some type of audio interface, which will convert the audio signal to digital.  This audio interface will take the place of the built-in soundcard in your computer which is really not made for music recording.

Note that the output of hte headphone/DI on the amp is stereo, so idially ou wnat to split it off to two inputs on an audio interface.

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Ideally you need some type of audio interface, which will convert the audio signal to digital.  This audio interface will take the place of the built-in soundcard in your computer which is really not made for music recording.

 

No, that's not true. This is a wrong answer.

 

The DACs on Windows computers are exceptionally good. And have been for almost a decade now. (Latency may suck, but Microsoft certification requires that the DACs themselves be excellent). My built-in soundcard (for example) has 192k 24-bit recording, with about 100db s/n ratio. It's a a stock Realtek dac that's probably found on the majority of PCs these days. 

 

Most probably you need to trim the input levels to  sure the input is neither to loud (causes clipping of the signal) nor too quiet (causes excessive white noise). The headphone outputs on the Line 6 Spider IV are very hot, so you probably want to set the master volume to something very low. Or you may be able to set trim levels on the sound-card itself. 

 

This web page gives a lesson on how to trim audio recording levels with the very popular and very free Audacity audio mixing program.

http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/record.html

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In my attempts at using a headphone out to get a signal, 100% always results in failure, sometimes damaging equipment, due to the low voltage coming from the HP jack. Best results you can get is putting a Mic in front of the speaker, and running that to your sound card, or audio interface.

As for L6 gear, i could not say 100% that it's safe using the HP / Direct out jack, you could use a voltage meter and see if it's reading anything coming out before you use it.

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