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    So I know the way I'm hooking my amp up to my computer is wrong, but I don't know how to correctly. I currently run a cable from the direct out jack on my amp to the microphone jack on my PC. This is obviously the wrong way (If it's the right way, I must be doing something wrong because I'm getting really shitty quality recordings from it), so my question is, is there a way I can get any good quality recordings with just an amp running directly to my PC, or do I need to buy something for my computer?
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    your best bet for good sound is to get a decent amp mic and just place it in front of the amp. direct hookups are screwy no matter what you do (unless of course you have a $50000 recording set up... then its a different story)
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    Yeah I thought about that. Would that also hook into the mic jack? Or do I need a drive for my PC or something?
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    Yep, you'd plug into the mic jack. Or, if you have a mixer, run the mic through that and into the "line in". I've heard home recording can turn into a money pit, but if you just want to keep it simple, you won't need much.
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    Pre-amps... I always forget them as their own entity.
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    Turn your amp's volume DOWN!

    Trust me, I record with my amp hooked up through the mic jack all of the time.

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    How do you eliminate that static sound though? Or does it go away when you turn down?
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    Oh yeah, I guess standing near a PC while plugged in could do that.

    Should I be looking into programs as well? Or does it make a difference? Curently I use RecordPad by NHC Swift Sound or something.
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    Ok, I'm gonna go record something now, just something quick, and you can judge it. I was just tried playing through my microphone jack (like, the sound comes through my PC speakers), and it sounded pretty bad. But who knows? Maybe when I listen to the recording, it'll be good quality. Maybe it'll enhance it a bit.

    EDIT: I recorded Kick Him when He's Down, and a riff I came up with a while back. And I wasn't really trying, so there are some parts in KHWHD that I deliberately played wrong.
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    Here's the download link:

    http://rapidshare.com/files/13545092...dings.zip.html

    They're in a .zip file. Also, they're .wav files, but I didn't go through the trouble of converting them due to the fact that this isn't something you're gonna keep.
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