List Of Stuff You Will Need:
Lesson 1: A Sound CardThere are different ways sound cards are
installed in your computer
* The first one is PCI. This means it is plugged in
to a slot on your motherboard.
* Another is the internal sound device. This means it is
actually built in to your motherboard from the factory
(my motherboard has this feature, most newer motherboards have this feature).
* Finally there is external.
This is a fairly new idea, it is actually a separate control unit
cabled from the pc. From what I have seen, it looks promising.
You can check it out more at
also I recommend visitng TechTutorials
for more info on sound cards, and other informative stuff...
Sound Card Structure:
at the basic setup on almost any sound card ever made. Some have
more ports than this, but for now we will just stick with what we
need. Virtually every sound card has 4 basic ports, and some even integrate a mini amplifier.
These ports are usually from left to right:
Line Input. This is where you would plug in an amplifier sound source.
Pink = Microphone Input. This is where you would never,,ever,,plug in an amplifier sound source.
Green = Audio /
Line Output. This connects to speakers, or an external amplifier.
Finally, the elongated one is The Joystick / MIDI Port
Caution: Never go by color codes because some manufacturers dont use
them. Read the instruction with the
card, or get a magnifying glass, and take a closer look before
you plug anything in. This might save you from a toasted sound
card, motherboard, or even more serious problems.
This is what you will
probably see, or
the actual words.
One final note: If you dont have at
least this many ports on your sound card..I think its time to upgrade a bit, don't
you :) Sound cards can be bought for as little as 5 bucks these
days. End Lesson 1.
Next Lesson: Cables, Patch Cords & Adapters.