View Full Version : dMC Auxiliary Input - how to use it

03-07-2005, 11:42 AM
dMC Auxiliary Input is used to record audio to your hard drive from what is being played through your soundcard.

Applications include transferring cassettes or vinyl to your pc for further processing and perhaps for burning to audio cd, capturing streaming audio which cannot be downloaded and converting the audio from encrypted files (which you can play however) which cannot be converted otherwise by dMC.

dMC AUxiliary Input works in conjunction with whatever player can play the audio you want to record. If you cannot play the file, this cannot help you.

1) Make sure Volume Controls indicate your input that is enabled is either Stereo Mix or WAV (this refers to the sound coming from the sound card, not the type of file played)- it depends on your sound card - certainly not CD input. For cassette or vinyl transfering, you may be using line-in. The settings here differ a lot from one sound card to another, you'll have to experiment a bit. The Volume slider may have to be only around 3/4 of the way up.
2) Start dMC Auxiliary Input and make your settings for the output file that will capture the audio of the input file - I prefer to capture to wav first and convert later. Explore all these settings and use your intuition, that's the best I can say.
3) Start playing the input file in the player that supports it and hit the Stop button (do not close this player)
4) Go back to dMC Auxiliary Input and hit the record button.
5) Go back to the player and hit the Play button - if you look at the UV Meter in the dMC Recording window you should see it active and moving. It should not get into the red zone - if it does, reduce the Volume in Recording Input controls (see step 1). You can test this too using the Test recording levels before actually recording.
6) When the song has finished playing, hit the Record button in dMC Auxiliary Input once again to stop recording. After a few seconds the wav file has been created, with the name and in the folder specified previously in the dMC settings.
7) Use dMC in the regular way to convert the wav file to mp3 or any other format you wish, unless you'd defined your output file other than wav (e.g. mp3) in the beginning.

Disable all other sources of potential audio input like Outlook Express with the audio notification of new mail coming in, or MSN Messenger with its audio alerts, since all these will end up being recorded at the same time as what you're trying to capture.

More on how and when to use dMC Auxiliary Input:
- How to convert midi to wav: http://forum.dbpoweramp.com/showthread.php?t=2213
- How to convert copy protected Real Audio files (i.e. .rm, .ra) or streaming Real Audio .ram (http://forum.dbpoweramp.com/showthread.php?t=4992)) to WMA v9: http://forum.dbpoweramp.com/showpost.php?p=22218&postcount=12 .

02-02-2007, 09:54 PM
See here for compatability with dMC r12: http://www.dbpoweramp.com/legacy-compatibility.htm

07-21-2007, 04:04 PM
Note: there have been a couple of reports of Aux Input not working correctly in Vista. If you have or have not gotten it to work, please post.