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Subject: Re: Problem - line in clipping when recording
From: spidermagnet (rokbokser_at_imtarget.cotse.net)
Date: 2003-05-15


Meza,

I have no idea about the archos-rockbox aspects of this. But I know
something about audio production.

The simplest solution is to get an input pad to put between your source
and your recorder. A pad is a transformer which attenuates (reduces) a
signal, and they are typically rated in db.

Advantages: simple to use, predictable
Disadvantages: good ones will run you probably 50-150 USD

 - You want a good one because you need it to work and to be as flat
(sonically neutral) as possible.

 - You need to make sure you get one with the right amount of pad for the
difference in line-level between the equipment you're using. Too much pad
and you r signal-to-noise ratio is poor.

My recommendation would be to talk/email to the folks at
http://www.sescom.com/ ask them. They are friendly, insanely knowledgeable
about things audio, and are really good at answering questions like that.
They will want to know a few things about the equipment (XLR plugs, RCA,
etc.) They do sell input pads. Note that I have no affiliation, formal or
informal, with sescom, but i think they're good.

And when you figure it out, please post it to the list. It would be good
info to add to the FAQ for recording (what do i need to know about
recording with my rockbox?).

good things,

spider

Meirion Williams [e-knowledge] said:

> I have a problem when recording from a lot of line-in analogue sources.
> I'm recording from mixers in clubs, using TAPE-OUT or REC-OUT, and a
> phono to 3.5mm jack.
>
> A lot of the time I can't turn the gain on the Rockbox down far enough
> to record properly, the input is way to high and clips a lot or all of
> the time, resulting in a useless recording.
>
> I can turn the gain down to -3db, is that as low as it will go?
>
> Is there any way I can get it lower, or is this a hardware restriction?
> Does anyone know if the Archos software goes lower, as this is the sole
> reason I bought a JBR, and if I can't make these recordings I'm stuffed



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