Bill and I recorded ourselves playing our guitars yesterday. We used my Dell Inspiron 1100 and Audacity for recording software. We used the line in/mic jack on the laptop. My Fender Princeton 112 Plus has a Preamp Out, so we used a 1/4″ male-to-male cable and added a 1/4″ female to 1/8″ stereo male adapter. (I don’t know if I stated that correctly.) We were able to record just fine from one amp. The way we did it was record one track of myself, then he’d listen to my track with some headphones (earbuds, actually) and record himself simultaneously.
When he was recording at home with his Dell desktop machine, the two tracks wouldn’t line up. He says they did on my laptop, so now he’s ticked with his computer and really wants a new one.
What’s the difference between the two? The way I see it, I don’t think my laptop would be any better than his computer. Perhaps it was the software he might’ve been running in the background? I know my laptop hard drive is probably 5400 RPM, while his desktop is a 7200 RPM. Sound card, perhaps? I believe both of ours use integrated stuff. I just don’t know what to make of it.