Used "Y" cable out of headphone jack into Audio Interface for Recording



  • Did some recording today using a "Y" cable (Single 1/8 inch into two 1/4 inch) into an audio interface with preamps that include DI capabilities. The results were very good. I was able to record two mono tracks and one stereo track with this config. This will probably be my go-to set up for recording when I use the Spark as the ASIO is too limited and would not allow tracking with other musicians. Just posting this so people know that recording out of the headphone jack works fine.



  • @dgkenney Thanks for confirming this for us. I'm about to order one of those Y cables. Which one did you order and did you need to use a headphone extension cord to get closer to the computer for recording without having to move the Spark?



  • @dhbailey I get a lot of my cables from a place called Monoprice. They are value priced and my experience is that they make good cables that stand up to studo and giging wear. The one in question is similar to this one: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=601045 You have a choice of 3feet or 5 feet.



  • @dgkenney

    Spot on DG, Great recommendation. Monoprice is a great source for a TON of electronics cabling and other “stuff”. Prices are really good, shipping is VERY reasonable (here in California I’ve gotten overnight for like 5 or 6 bucks). Keoki Kudos for that recommendation. Well done!



  • I do the same into an RME Fireface UCX but get a highfrequent disturbing tone when turning up volume...this is not there when using headphones directly plugged in.
    any hints ?

    Great fungear that is this little sparky !!!thx Klaus



  • @dgkenney

    @dgkenney said in Used "Y" cable out of headphone jack into Audio Interface for Recording:

    Did some recording today using a "Y" cable (Single 1/8 inch into two 1/4 inch) into an audio interface with preamps that include DI capabilities. The results were very good. I was able to record two mono tracks and one stereo track with this config. This will probably be my go-to set up for recording when I use the Spark as the ASIO is too limited and would not allow tracking with other musicians. Just posting this so people know that recording out of the headphone jack works fine.

    I've never used an interface and am trying to figure out what to get. What do you use?



  • @k-berghoffer Make sure you have the correct cable - the 3.5mm connector needs to be TRS (stereo) the "Y" end needs to be 1/4" TS (unbalanced). I noticed a similar bad sound when trying to use the wrong cable. My interface doesn't like a balanced 1/4" cable



  • @thermality I have the Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD and it works great. It has two combo-inputs (can take either XLR or 1/4") separate gain controls for each channel, samples at 24bits/192kHz, has a headphone jack which can monitor either the direct input or the output from the computer (has a Mix knob to control how much of which you hear), can provide phantom power if needed. Right now it's selling at sweetwater.com for $99(US). Their is a slightly less capable 2-channel model, the UMC202, which sells for $79(US).



  • That sounds like an excellent solution. Thanks man.



  • @dgkenney would you say the recording sounds more like what you hear in headphones, or what you hear when recording via usb?



  • @dustin-bogges Like what you hear in the headphones since that's exactly what is being recorded -- the headphone output. The USB only sends the guitar sounds to the computer. It does not include any backing tracks nor any bluetooth audio being played.



  • @dhbailey thats good to hear, I ask not because im worried about recording all the backing parts, but Ive found the sound while recording via usb to be muddy and less quality than whats in the headphones. Thanks