I need Vortex 2 help

Looking at the back panel of a Aureal Vortex 2 SQ2500, what are the plugs from left to right (staring at the back of a computer)? I mean, Front Speakers, Rear Speakers, Line-In.

Plus, if you can help me with that, how can I record from a tape player to computer (WAV or MP3)? I know there was this article from TechTV, but Musicmatch Jukebox 7.0 doesn't let you record from tape unless you buy the Plus version. If you have any recommendations, I (I mean, my mom) would appreciate it. She wants me to record these tapes onto CD, so it sounds a little better.

Thanks!
Bryan

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  1. For the first, I'll have a look at my card when I get home. It should have little icons by the plugs to say which is which.

    For the second, check out Cool Edit. You should be able to get some decent recordings with that.

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  2. It's kinda hidden from view. I'm not sure why, because it shouldn't be, but it is. I would remove it and look, but I kinda don't have the time.

    Plus, is Cool Edit free? After MusicMatch Jukebox 7.0 having like 3 features out of 15, which ticked me off, I hope it's better.

    Thanks, "FB" :smile:

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  3. Gameport, Rear, Front, Mic, Line in, Digital Out.

    What's the frequency, Kenneth?
  4. Thanks Crash. I'm gonna try to find Cool Edit, now. Any tips or links any of you would like to offer me? I'd appreciate it. :smile:

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  5. Four speakers sound better than two. And most people that are not immediately impressed with the sound of this card become so after tuning the equalizer from the application found in your tray.

    What's the frequency, Kenneth?
  6. Dude, I wish I had 4 speakers. I just don't got the moneys yet. Perhaps I should sell my current Creative Labs PCWorks on eBay then buy a low-end 4 speaker system.

    About the equalizer, I'm in Windows XP. So, I'm not sure how they'll work. I've tried the VortexOfSound Win2K beta drivers, and they didn't install cleanly. When I try to get into one of the control tabs, it would create an error and close.

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  7. Go buy some reasonable sounding cheap speakers, and put them on the rear channels. I got some cheapo Altec Lansing two piece speakers for my rear channel.

    What's the frequency, Kenneth?
  8. No, Cool Edit is not free. I'm not sure of the price.

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  9. I think this is a very stupid question I'm about to ask, but I'll ask anyways. Where would I put those rear speakers? My desk is in the corner of the living room, and right behind my desk and chair is the recliner. To the left is my tower and the living room opening, and to my right is basically the wall.

    I really wouldn't know where to put the speakers. Perhaps I can just leave them under my table, and when I watch a DVD, I can put them out on the floor behind me... *shrug*

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  10. You could always try "reflective" settup where the speakers are simply further back on the desk facing a wall behind you, but that would not be ideal.

    What's the frequency, Kenneth?
  11. Eh...I'll figure something out.

    By the way, I was looking around the Anandtech forums, and someone wanted to know how to get Winamp to work with his 5.1 speakers. He couldn't get the rear ones to work. His sound settings in Windows (XP) were setup the way they should, but they just work working. Are there settings for this? I was thinking he didn't have his rear speakers turned up.

    By the way, is it worth it to go back to Windows 98 just to be able to use the Vortex 2 drivers? There's no control panel for Windows XP, and the ones I tried to use (Win2K drivers) didn't work well. Or, can I go to Win2K and be able to accomplish good drivers?

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  12. Did you try using the VorApp standalone on XP with the XP driver? That is, a late version of VorApp, such as the one included with the 2048 driver?

    What's the frequency, Kenneth?
  13. I'm not sure where that one is? Should it be on my WinXP installation, the WinXP CD, or do I have to download it? I don't know where to find it.

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  14. The XP driver is on the XP CD, in order to get the VorApp you'll have to download a driver package from a previous OS, I would suggest the lattest VorApp possible, I think the VorApp package from the 98SE 2048 driver might work, and that driver package can be downloaded still from www.vortexofsound.com. Don't even try to install the driver itself, use the XP driver, and rund VorApp.EXE from the 2048 driver.

    What's the frequency, Kenneth?
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