Gut Rumbles

September 23, 2005

i think it's ready

I'm afraid to plug it in for fear that it may blow up in my face. Using four different owner's manuals and about a half-mile of cords and wires, I have all of the components of my recording studio set up and put together.

All I need now is a power strip so I can energize the whole thing.

I have an idiot question: I've admitted before that I am a computer maroon, and I like things to be simple. Why can't electronics manufacturers come up with a COMMON LANGUAGE for all the buttons and inputs on their equipment?

My CD recorder tells me to plug cords into the "IN" and "OUT" ports on my receiver. My receiver doesn't have those ports. It has "PLAY" and "RECORD," which I assume is the in-and-out I'm looking for. I hope to hell so, because that's where I plugged the wires.

Now, to hook it all up to the Tascam, I've got to take a set of dual cables from the "OUTPUT" on the recorder to the "LINE IN" on the receiver. The only problem with that is--- there IS NO "LINE IN" ON THE AMP. At least it's not marked as such.

I think I know where the cables go, but I'm not certain. I'm gonna ask Willy to come over and check what I've done before I blow the entire rig to smoking pieces when I plug it in. If it doesn't blow up by itself, I may drag the sumbitch off and shoot it if it doesn't work.

BEJUS! I thought this was gonna be simple. It ain't.


You need a teenage boy to come over and fix that sumbitch for you. Something about anything that requires lots of wires, cables, (like computers, Playstations, etc) that these creatures (teeenage males) seem to have a knack for figuring out. Whenever I have any computer problem or even DVD, TV, or home entertainment system issue, I yell for my 17 year old son Bill.....
Find a kid in the neighborhood to come in and help you....
I think its a brain cell thing. (the teenagers havent burnt up quite as many as we have) Ever since I got a digital receiver for my TV, I cannot figure out the remore control, I have to have my son turn the TV on for me (dont know what I will do if he ever leaves home)

Posted by: Ruth on September 23, 2005 08:14 AM

"Why can't electronics manufacturers come up with a COMMON LANGUAGE for all the buttons and inputs on their equipment?"

It'll never happen :) I worked on this shit for a living for the better part of 20 years, and I can still get myself bassakwards. I think it has to do with the chinglish translation guide these people use.
USUALLY "play"="out" when dealing with a source and "play"="in" when hooking up to a amp/receiver record loop. The reverse is USUALLY the the case for "rec".
As for the "line in" on your receiver, any input (cd, vcr,aux, ect.) except for "phono" will work (phono has an extra amp for gain and a EQ built in).

As long as you dont hook up the amp/receiver output (hook up to speakers) wrong you won't blow anything up if you hook it up wrong. Just be sure the volume is all the way down when you first turn it on, in case you zigged when you should of zagged when you patched it together. If you did, you'll get one hell of a feedback "howl" when you SLOWLY turn up the volume.

Sounds like many hours of fun will ensue when you get this worked out.

Posted by: Casey on September 23, 2005 11:25 AM

I suspect that you will find that the Play = Out and Record = In. And some amps don't have Line-In jacks anymore.

Posted by: emdfl on September 23, 2005 06:16 PM

Ruth, my 15 year old daughter has the knack for hooking up all the electronics, too - she's got a Nintendo and Playstation, and is constantly moving one or the other from her room to the family room.

Plus she reset the clock in my van for me. She's a keeper.

Posted by: Trish on September 23, 2005 07:12 PM

Play=OUT, Record=IN. I think Casey is still a bit confused...LINE OUT, LINE IN...same thing.

Play from one unit needs to go to record on the other, vice-versa...why send playback to no receiving source?

If you are routing through an equalizer, might be a little tricky, but if it's a modular unit it will handle itself. Read the manuals...most inputs/outputs are color-coded these days.

I doubt you will blow it up...if you get no sound from speakers, piddle until you do. Just be careful not to short between anything on the should be fine.

Posted by: Wayne on September 23, 2005 08:31 PM

If you hear weird Eastern-sounding noises accompanied by the words "I bury Paul" you have a problem.
Otherwise, bring out the guitars and make us some music!
Good luck!

Posted by: Horrabin on September 23, 2005 08:55 PM

What in the world are you trying to hook up? Are you trying to play from the Tascam to a stereo receiver? You'd probably want the AUX port, right? These are RCA jacks, right? Or are we talking 1/4" mic-type cables? Or are you running it to a guitar amp, which only has one channel anyway?

More info, and I can maybe help you. I went through all this crap with the wife about 10 months ago setting up an interweb live broadcast dealio with mixers and amps and mics. My head was spinning.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin on September 23, 2005 10:59 PM
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