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How do I hook up my digital 4 track to my computer? And then make mp3's?
I'm an idiot, any help appreciated
of what? Your own songs?
You can record it onto your computer from an audio source using all kinds of software.
all I know is which is the usb 'hole'. There are loads of other holes, but I'm darned if I know what they're for.
Would the headphone socket be any good? Or would the quality be crappy?
the first problem with that is that the headphones one is an output, so it probably wouldn't work.
likely your PC has both a mic port and an audio in, one of those would be better ;)
I'll investigate further
other, and then push them together REALLY HARDLY. hopefully they'll merge into a single SUPER MACHINE.
what's the make and model?
Sounds like it probably can just hook straight up to the computer via a USB cable and then you'll be able to get the tracks off it.
Otherwise there will be an input for your soundcard/motherboard on-board sound and the line out from your device, but this will introduce an analgoue aspect to a purely digital process.
it only has midi out (and aux, I assume). Er .. like I said, I haven't a clue what all the holes on my laptop are for. I'm not much help, am I?
that are colour-coded, you'll want the PINK hole, I do believe.
they're all a nice shade of Dell grey
So it has no digital out. Midi won't be of much use - that's just for synching purposes.
Unless your computer happens to have two phono inputs on it (mine does, but I have a flash-ish sound card) you'll want one of these:
You've almost certainly got one already. The the RCA phono plugs should go into your line-out and the 3.5mm should go into the computer in (probably Andreas is right) the pink socket.
Ideally it should be the Line-In not the mic in, but you may have only one input.
You'll then need some software to record with. You can probably find some free stuff on line. Windows comes with some basic shit called 'Sound Recorder' that is almost certainly awful. (Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Multimeda)
Your choices then are: Record a live mix down to your PC. This is what I tend to do with my stuff. Or you can record each track individually and import them into a multi-tracking software package. Getting a free version of one of those is hard. You can probably download Adobe Audition from some dodgy limewire place if you want to get piratical and that will totally be the sweetest thing for easy learning and stuff.
Or you could buy it but it's Â£250 or something large like that. Many big ones anyway.
were it not for my diptheria.
Don't you get bored of answering luddite requests?
saving our sorry asses all the time
but doesn't tend to have time to post.
I should just point out this is of course so you can control the Yamaha via MIDI from your PC without having a MIDI port on the computer.
It won't allow you to move raw sound data across to the PC because, well, it's impossible, unless you add a lot of chips and funky rewiring to your 4-track.
USD to Midi convertor would be going into a shop and paying $$$ for a MIDI convertor...