Separate Line IN and Line OUT

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  1. EssKayKay

    EssKayKay Notebook Guru

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    Hello,

    Does any vendor make a laptop/notebook with separate headphone (line out) and microphone (line in) jacks? I want to be able to utilize both in and out simultaneously (sound OUT to mixer; sound IN for recording). I have tried a 3.5mm, four conductor adapter with mic and headset jacks on my Dell XPS13 which only has one combo port – it did not work (they work separately but not concurrently).

    Thanks,
    SKK
     
  2. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Prophet

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    They exist, but which ones we would recommend depend on the other criteria you're looking for in a system. Please fill out the form that's stickied at the top of this forum, and we can better help you.
     
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  3. EssKayKay

    EssKayKay Notebook Guru

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    Sorry for being such a dummy but I don't see the stickied support form.
     
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    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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  5. EssKayKay

    EssKayKay Notebook Guru

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    START COPY
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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    = $800+-

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Netbook; 10" screen or less
    b. Ultraportable; 11" - 12" screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    = <15"

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    = USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: = Major vendors
    b. Dislike:

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    = Yes, refurb is fine

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    = Music with eDrumming, Spotify, recording, etc.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    = Very little travel - will stay put

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    = No gaming

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    = Not many as will primarily be plugged in - no travel

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    = On-line is fine

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    = Windows

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)
    = Bigger text

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    = No preference


    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    = No preference

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    = No real timeframe - month or more

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    = 5-years

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    = 256GB SSD

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    = Would be nice but not necessary
    = I need separate microphone (Line IN) and headphone (Line OUT)


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    END COPY
     
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  6. Kent T

    Kent T Notebook Virtuoso

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    Nobody makes laptops with Line in and Line out, such machines have not been available for years. You need to buy a separate audio interface for recording. Most laptops don't have very good quality sound input built in. Headphone and Microphone in/out is not Line In, Line Out. Microphone inputs often have phantom power and mic level is different.
     
  7. EssKayKay

    EssKayKay Notebook Guru

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    Thank you. That's too bad - more clutter but I guess it is what it is. I actually have a small AI that may work.

    Again my thanks,
    SKK
     
  8. Kent T

    Kent T Notebook Virtuoso

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    You're welcome. I do a lot of audio transfer and editing, so I deal with this all the time on PC and Macintosh systems.
     
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