recording 3ds audio

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  1. zac122
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    not sure if this is the right place, but it seemed as good as any to post my question.

    basically i'm trying to get the sound from my 3ds playing through my laptop so i can record it with the stereo mix thing through audacity/cyberlink audio director/fl studio/basically whatever i can get it to work with tbh, but there doesn't seem to be a linein anywhere. just a headphone jack(that i suspect doubles as a mic jack since there doesn't seem to be one of those either). in fact i can't even get my laptop to play sound from the 3ds much less record it. i can get it to play through my speakers(audioengine 2+ if that makes a difference. not sure if it will, but i want to get as much info up as possible for someone to help), but then can't record it with the stereo mix. recording with the laptop's built in mic from my speakers is also a no go because the sound quality is total crap. muddy doesn't even begin to describe it. basically i'm wondering if anyone knows how to record with stereo mix from the speakers, or how to get the 3ds to play through the laptop(hp pavilion btw. not sure of the exact model or anything like that, but it's the 2015 version). the cyberlink audio director has a "what you hear" recording thing that might work, but i can't get it to record my speakers. only the laptop which doesn't help at all because i can't play the 3ds through my laptop.
     
  2. StarGazerTom

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    The Headphone jack is how you'll get the audio. There's also should be a little whole near the bottom screen, thats where the mic is.
     
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    If you have a combo jack (look for the icon in yellow), you will need an adapter like the red one:
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    Then set mono output in system settings, set the console's volume to about 1/4, connect the cable and try... Pretty much the worst case scenario

    Or just buy a crapola USB sound card!
     
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    You could use the headphone jack but mono audio is a sin. Would be better to get a USB sound card with a dedicated stereo line-in jack (or even 2xRCA inputs will work as long as you buy a 3.5mm to 2xRCA cable), plus onboard sound in laptops often has a lot of noise/interference though not all of them do.
     
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    I've been looking at USB sound cards, but can't seem to decide on one. For now I'm just using my old laptop which has a mic jack and moving the audio files over to my current one. It works well enough for what I'm doing for now, but super inconvenient. If you can suggest a USB sound card under $70 I'd appreciate it for sure.
     
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    I don't mind spending on the higher end of my limit(I'd be willing to go higher for something great, but I'd like to keep it below $70 if possible). That one in particular would actually work, but you need to be buying or already own a dak system. They mention that near the bottom of the page. Thanks anyway though.
     
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    You won't be able to do it if your laptop doesn't have a line-in. But I'm surprised it doesn't, especially if it's a newer HP, as they tend to have pretty good audio (my last 3 laptops have all been HP and all have had decent speakers and line-in).

    As Ryccardo said above, you may have a combi jack, where your headphone socket is also a line-in/mic socket, in which case you would need one of the adapters he mentioned, plus a stereo 3.5mm-3.5mm cable to go from the 3DS's headphone socket into the adapter.

    If you really don't have any line-in at all, you will have to add one to your laptop somehow. The simplest and cheapest way would be to get a 3.5mm to USB adapter. Then there's the external sound card option, which has already been mentioned. Another option would be to get some sort of dedicated audio recording device that records to SD card and then you can just put the SD card into your laptop. You can get audio recorders that also connect via USB which would enable you to record on your PC directly (as an example, I have a Zoom H4n which has lots of features but there are cheaper options).

    Once you've somehow got the 3DS connected to your laptop it should be easy enough to record from whatever input you're using, it just depends on how you need to setup your recording software. To listen to it through your speakers you just go into sound options in Control Panel and unmute your line-in.
     
  10. zac122
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    I've recorded from handhelds in the past, so I know how to set stuff up, I was just surprised that I didn't have a traditional line in. I think I may go with an external sound card tbh. If possible I'd like to have good quality sound anyway, so it would kill two birds with one paycheck. Just need to hunt down one that'll work for me
     
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    if you want to build a bit and have something awesome check this out:

    ther is a tutorial on how to do this on gbatemp
     
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