Can I use a DI as an interface?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by 5StringThunder, Feb 11, 2013.


  1. 5StringThunder

    5StringThunder

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    I would like to record onto the computer (I've been using an iPad with an iRig into garage band) and I'm curious as to whether or not I can use a DI box as an audio interface? Before I've run my signal straight into the mic input on the computer and it sounded like I was using a potato. So can I run bass->pedal board->DI->computer? Thanks!
     
  2. Got2SadowskyNYC

    Got2SadowskyNYC

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    You can use the mic input on the computer but it's not going to sound very good. It's not designed for instrumets. It's meant for speach only.

    You need a real interface. They start at $100 and You'll get A LOT better sound out of it.

    You can save a few bucks by getting an USB to XLR interface cable, but if you ever want to do 2 sources at once you can't.
     
  3. 5StringThunder

    5StringThunder

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    I've been using the mic in on the computer. Sounds like a potato. Thanks for the input. Any recommendations?
     
  4. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan

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    Browse on over to the recording gear topic and you'll find lots of recommendations about interfaces.
     
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