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I think you've saved the day. My dad will be pleased to hear this good news. I believe it will work.

So one side is for play and the other for record? Just as a matter of curiosity what is the difference if they are both outputs? Man I bet that's a dumb question!

Im going to check and see if his computer has a PCI slot in it for the soundcard. Ill let you know what happens for sure.

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I think you've saved the day. My dad will be pleased to hear this good news. I believe it will work.

So one side is for play and the other for record? Just as a matter of curiosity what is the difference if they are both outputs? Man I bet that's a dumb question!

Im going to check and see if his computer has a PCI slot in it for the soundcard. Ill let you know what happens for sure.

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One set of RCA's is an output (Rec) and the other set is for input (Play). The REC side is the one that will be connected to your PC as your analog signal input. This input will be plugging into your pc's microphone jack (pink jack).

The "Play" jack isnt necessary unless you choose that you wish to use the mixer to play back your sound and not your PC. If you do it this way, it will work, but it may increase latency a bit.


Glad I could help you and your father achieve this goal. Let me know if there are any other questions you may have.
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Alright, I have the hardware in now and Im looking toward software, I have some considerations.

My dad cant just play, he has to be in the right mood, so being able to control his environment is key. In other words he needs to be able to operate the computer and use the software. He is not what you'd call computer literate, so teaching him the simplest of the two DAW programs is what I'm looking toward. Between Kristal and Audacity, what are your recommendations given the amount he'll have to learn outside of the program like how to create/delete/move files etc?

Also, about ASIO, I understand it is used to reduce latency by bypassing the kernel, but aren't the soundcards drivers already going to be doing that? Another observation, I notice ASIO mentioned with Kristal, and not with Audacity. Im really still kindof unclear about the relationship between ASIO, the software and the hardware.
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Alright, I have the hardware in now and Im looking toward software, I have some considerations.

My dad cant just play, he has to be in the right mood, so being able to control his environment is key. In other words he needs to be able to operate the computer and use the software. He is not what you'd call computer literate, so teaching him the simplest of the two DAW programs is what I'm looking toward. Between Kristal and Audacity, what are your recommendations given the amount he'll have to learn outside of the program like how to create/delete/move files etc?

Also, about ASIO, I understand it is used to reduce latency by bypassing the kernel, but aren't the soundcards drivers already going to be doing that? Another observation, I notice ASIO mentioned with Kristal, and not with Audacity. Im really still kindof unclear about the relationship between ASIO, the software and the hardware.
My personal preference for free DAW's is Kristal. It has a pretty simple, straightforward layout that's easy to use, even if your a beginner. My suggestion however is to download both and see which one you find to be easier to use. They both are open source and have great support through their related forums, so keep that in mind if you run into a snag. Of course some people on here, including myself, will be eager to help as well.

As far as the ASIO driver goes, its really all dependent on the hardware used, the settings and the DAW. Generally ASIO drivers offer better performance and stability vs. the WDM driver. Some hardware is designed for WDM drivers, and will not benefit from, or support ASIO.

Ive found that with my hardware, I have much more control over my latency with the ASIO drivers, and I am thus allowed to achieve a much lower latency with the use of them. Some DAW's and even sound card drivers will allow an equal amount of control over quality and latency settings. Ive really only seen it in recording interfaces and recording specific sound cards however. You may find that the WDM drivers are more than adequate for what your trying to accomplish, and if that's the case, I suggest sticking with it. If your goal is simplicity and ease of use, certainly I don't want to make things harder .
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