RCA with 1/4 Other End...

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Member Since: Jan 12, 2004

OK..here is what may be a dumb question but Im new so Im gonny ask it anyway!!

I have a cable with the red and white RCA on one end and the 1/4 jack on the other, which I got with my old Tascam 4 track (MK2).

Anyway, can I plug such a chord into:

My guitar >>> a soundcard with RCA?? Or will this just knacker the signal?

Also could I plug the 1/4 into a Behringer ProAmp2 (guitar amp sim) and fire the RCA into a soundcard?

IF so, Im off to get the new soundcard so many folks are advising me to buy!!



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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jan 13, 2004 03:35 pm

guitar > sound card

Can you? yes
Should you? NO...icky signal (spits on ground)

amp sim> sound card

can you? yes
Should you? well, it's how I do it...not saying that makes it right, but that is kinda what amp sims are for.

Since: Jan 12, 2004

Jan 13, 2004 04:04 pm

So, if I use the 1/4 into Ampsim and the rca into the sound card you recommended this is the best config (other than having a mixer)?

I assume the signal will be better than having what I have now i.e. 1/4 from amp sim to 1/4 (with 3.5mm convertor) straight into Line In on the soundcard?

Ack, all I want to do is record some good tunes man! At the rate Im gettin on, I'll be all old and wrinkly and still never recorded a #1!!!

Cheers again dB, your advice is pure magic!!


Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jan 13, 2004 09:23 pm

Yes, the fewer connectors and adapters you use the better. Each connection ie:adapter and cable you use can add some degradation to the signal. So it is best to use as few cables or adapters as possible.

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