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Can I use a DI as an interface?

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

  1. 5StringThunder


    Dec 28, 2012
    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. 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


    Dec 28, 2012
    I've been using the mic in on the computer. Sounds like a potato. Thanks for the input. Any recommendations?
  4. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Wikipedia often mistakes my opinions for fact Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Browse on over to the recording gear topic and you'll find lots of recommendations about interfaces.

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