Recording audio from a sound board directly into a computer

Alright, I am trying to get my church’s site off and running, and one of the things we are wanting to try is recording church services and having them available for downloading. One of the ideas I came up with is being able to record sound directly from the sound board onto the computer. Now is this possible?? I’m pretty sure it is, but is there a certain hookup you need to use. I was thinking of using the Line In hookup, but I wasn’t sure. For those needing more information. The computer is a laptop, and the sound board is a regular sound board used in church’s and/or small clubs of sorts.

If anyone knows a forum that could probably answer this question better could someone please let me know. Thanks!

SR

spdrcr, it’s a pretty easy thing to do. I do it for my church.
The easiest way is to download Real Producer from real.com.
There’s a freeware version on the site somewhere. Hook the tape up to line in and run Real Producer and it’ll code the audio to RealAudio, which you can stream from your web page, or have it download. If you need more info then feel free to email me.

Chris H

Other software that does this that you may already have is Adaptec Spin Doctor. Spin Doctor comes with Easy CD Creator 4 Deluxe(And with some CD burners and pre-installed on some computers(HP I think)). Spin Doctor has tons of features for Tapes, CD’s, LPs, and other line in devices, such as track splitting, volume balancing, and pop and scratch cleanup for Records, etc… You can also using “morphing” to add effects like “robot” and “concert hall”

Originally posted by Chris H
Hook the tape up to line in and run Real Producer and it’ll code the audio to RealAudio, which you can stream from your web page, or have it download.

Alright, so this is one way of doing it. Is there a easy way of doing it the way i had in mind?

SR

I get it now.

You can probably take the output from the headphone socket on the soundboard and put that into your line in on the laptop. What coding or software you choose to record it in is up to you. Wes has given a good list there. You should consider the file size if you’re setting it up for downloading.

Chris

How can you set it up so that it is streaming? I wanted to do that so that whoever wanted to listen to it could just click the link and then listen to it as it comes…

SR

RealAudio Producer will create a file that streams, so Will Windows Media Producer (also freeware). RealAudio is perhaps easier to create & use, unless you’re willing to pay for other software.
If you decide to use RealAudio Producer or Windows Media then let me know and I’ll help out with setting it up.

Chris

I’ve installed Real Producer on my home computer. I will see what they want to do regarding this. I hooked up an old stereo to my computer so I could play a sermon and record it but didn’t like that fact that I couldnt listen to it while it was recording so I didn’t know when to stop. Thanks for all your help!

SR

Recording won’t affect what comes out of the pc speakers, you should still be able to hear it.

Chris

Ok, all I did was I took a wire I that I used to use to connect speakers, and hooked it up to the Line In on the back of the computer. I then took the other end and hooked it up to the Headphone jack on the tape player. It worked, but like i said…no sound from the speakers. Didn’t do something right?

SR