Why have I got very poor recording/playback quality

Aquaduct wrote on 5/29/2011, 6:53 AM

Running Magix 15 on windows XP to transfer vinyl to PC. Turntable is connected to the Magix pre-amp through the phono & then by USB onto the PC. From both playback after recording & whilst monitering the recording the sound is very poor. Have tried different LPs but same problem. What am I missing? Thanks in advance


Man o' Lakes wrote on 5/30/2011, 4:04 AM

Well, you may be connecting to an audio output on your turntable which is already preamplified, in which case you would not need the preamp as well, as this can mess us the sound. You would just need to hook up directly to your computer, line in would suffice. Cheers, M o' L.

john-auvil wrote on 5/30/2011, 9:51 AM

Yes Microphone port is different than Line-In port.


The Microphone connection on a PC through the sound card adds a +20 gain (amplification). This will distort any amplified signal and Microphone Ports are only mono (left channel). Microphone ports are generally red in color for sound cards.


The Line-In port is a line level, 0db port. This means there is no amplification added. It records what there is available to record. Line-In is a stereo port and is generally blue in color for sound cards.


You would need to make sure that if you use Line-In that the port is selected as the default recording device in Windows.


Aquaduct wrote on 5/30/2011, 10:19 AM

Yes Microphone port is different than Line-In port....


Many thanks john-auvil. That explains a lot. Will connect by line in instead. Cheers.

CBY_TLSE wrote on 5/30/2011, 12:23 PM



Warning : you need a preamplifier which includes an RIAA equalizer due to vinyl standard.



Man o' Lakes wrote on 5/31/2011, 4:48 AM

RIAA equalizer is exactly what you've got actually.

Aquaduct wrote on 5/31/2011, 12:50 PM

Ok. So have now connected via line in port but pc does not pick anything up - no sound coming through. Try to set line as default for recording, but only 2 options are Realtek AC97 or modem #0 line record. Although got background noise think may go back to using microphone socket as Magix was able to clean it. By connecting my turntable to its music centre & then from headphone socket to pc michrophone socket, without using the preamp, seems to be the best I can do.

Man o' Lakes wrote on 6/1/2011, 1:36 AM

If all you've got is Realtek, then why not go to their homepage and get the latest drivers. Ideally you want to be recording via line-in so you get a stereo recording. Cheers, M o' L.