Hi Josh -
 
"Line static".  Hmmm, not quite sure I'm familiar with that term, but I think I know what you mean.  I also don't know if your solution will work - you are making a lot of assumptions as to the cause of the problem.  There could, for example, be an open ground, or a ground loop, or a defective cable and/or microphone, that will cause "line static" even with an outboard D-A converter.  However, assuming you have the problem diagnosed correctly, what you want is a USB or Firewire converter that you'd place near the sound board, and then run a long USB cable from that to the computer.  The best place to purchase devices like this is, IMO, Musician's Friends (www.musiciansfriend.com).  Look at their "Recording" section.  I can make some specific recommendations if you need any further assistance.  I believe Behringer and M-Audio make these converters.  They're often called "computer recording interfaces".
 
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-UCONTROL-UCA202-USBAudio-Interface?sku=702540
 
To take another tack, I would solve the problem differently.  I would buy an inexpensive Sound Blaster (Creative Labs) USB sound card, or equivalent.  They are much more inexpensive than D-A converters (recording interfaces), and since you are recording voice where the ultimate in sound quality is not essential, you'll probably be very happy with it.  They are also more likely to work well with XP and Audacity because their drivers are optimized for that environment.  I'd get the $45 Creative Labs external USB device from Tiger Direct:
 
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1284192&CatId=107
 
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-Fast-Track-USB-Computer-Recording-Interface?sku=703606
 
 
Good luck!
 
Rich
----- Original Message -----
From: duck scott
To: Discussion list for Audacity users
Sent: Friday, September 29, 2006 6:50 PM
Subject: Re: [Audacity-users] [off topic] A/D Converter

My bad, I should have known to inclued this infomation. I am using a PC, WXP, Desktop, intergrated audio. I am wanting to hook one up at my church, between the sound board, which is analog, and the computer. It will be external. I am trying to eliminate the line static that is caused by the patch cord.
Thanks,
Josh

Rich <blueshar@pacbell.net> wrote:
Maybe, but we'd need more information.  Internal or external?  2-channel?  Home audio playback?  Home stereo recording?  PC or Mac?  What do you want to do with it?  What sound card are you using?  Desktop or laptop?  What problem are you attempting to solve?
 
Also, every sound card already has an A-D converter built in.  Some of them are even good.  Have you used the one in your sound card and not liked the quality?  Some of the latest generation Sound Blaster (Creative Labs) cards - the Audigy2 series in particular - are quite listenable at the price IMO.  You'd need a $4,000.00+ playback system to exceed the quality.
 
Rich
----- Original Message -----
From: duck scott
To: Audacity-users@lists.sourceforge.net
Sent: Friday, September 29, 2006 12:57 PM
Subject: [Audacity-users] [off topic] A/D Converter

Does anyone know of a good analog to digital converter for under $100.

Thanks,
Josh

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