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    I downloaded Audacity the other day. All I have is my Dell Laptop which only has one "mic" input and a headphone input. No direct in to the soundcard.

    I plugged my guitar into my Line 6 Pocket Pod and found a sound I liked, used the direct out of the pod into the "mic" jack on the computer and started recording. It seemed to work fine.

    But, when I play back I hear all kinds of clicks and popping noises in the track.

    Do I need a different sound card, use an audio interface or what?

    Very annoying.

    I would appreciate any help.

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    Use the USB interface with the POD. That may help in the short-term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sosomething View Post
    Use the USB interface with the POD. That may help in the short-term.
    Sorry, I'm a noob. So you're saying there's a USB port on the Pocket Pod, and I just hook that to the USB port on my laptop and I can record into Audacity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetknight View Post
    I downloaded Audacity the other day. All I have is my Dell Laptop which only has one "mic" input and a headphone input. No direct in to the soundcard.

    I plugged my guitar into my Line 6 Pocket Pod and found a sound I liked, used the direct out of the pod into the "mic" jack on the computer and started recording. It seemed to work fine.

    But, when I play back I hear all kinds of clicks and popping noises in the track.

    Do I need a different sound card, use an audio interface or what?

    Very annoying.

    I would appreciate any help.
    If the signal is not being clipped and you are not getting digital distortion check the buffer settings for Audacity and your sound card. I don't use Audacity so I can't tell you where to look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetknight View Post
    Sorry, I'm a noob. So you're saying there's a USB port on the Pocket Pod, and I just hook that to the USB port on my laptop and I can record into Audacity?
    If you have USB, do it.

    Then go into audacity and change the preferences or options, whatever it's called, and change the audio input source to "USB Line6 Interface" or whatever shows up

    I record in Audacity with a Line6 TonePort, I can help

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    Hot SEX J summed it up.

    If you use the USB interface, you're basically only converting your guitar signal to digital one time, and you're letting the POD do it.

    Like so: Guitar (analog) -> POD (digital) -> computer -> Audacity

    Running out of the direct out from the POD and into your computer's mic input leaves your recorded sound entirely at the hands of the weakest link in your chain, which is most likely the hardware in your laptop.

    Like so: Guitar (analog) -> POD (digital) -> direct-out / mic input (analog) -> audacity (digital)

    That's converting your sound between analog and digital twice as much as you need to.
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    Thanks so much guys, I'll try hooking the Pocket Pod to the computer when I get home this evening. I'll Keep you posted.

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    The Pocket POD doesn't record via USB like the other POD's - it's just for patch editting.

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    oh ****
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    Quote Originally Posted by Virtual Kevorkian View Post
    The Pocket POD doesn't record via USB like the other POD's - it's just for patch editting.

    So that's means I'm SOL right. As far as USB goes.

    Ok, what would my other options be? Would it be the simplest thing to do for me to just buy a Line 6 Toneport?

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetknight View Post
    So that's means I'm SOL right. As far as USB goes.

    Ok, what would my other options be? Would it be the simplest thing to do for me to just buy a Line 6 Toneport?
    Did you check the buffer settings? Made sure you're not clipping the signal coming in? POP's and clicks are usually buffer settings...

    Toneports rock by the way.
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    Yes, yes they do.

    The Line6 Edit and Gearbox software is great for home recording. I do all my at home demos using a PODxt and a laptop, but I store and edit my tones using the GearBox interface.
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