How to Record From My CD Decks to PC

Updated July 20, 2017

If you are a DJ and like to play your music on compact disc players, known as CD decks, you can set up your computer to record your mixes. You can then send your mix to clubs so that they can rate your skill and music taste and maybe hire you. Recording your mix to computer can help you hear mistakes that you miss when playing live, improving your technique. With the right software and cables you can connect your CD decks to any computer with a standard sound card.

Connect your CD decks to the audio mixer with one of the RCA stereo cables. Compact disc players have outputs for left (white) and right (red) channels; mixers have inputs in the same colours. Connect the red output to the red input and the white output to the white input.

Insert the 1/8-inch plug into the line-in jack on your computer's sound card. Connect the adaptor to the mixer using the other RCA cable.

Click the "Start" button, then click "Control Panel." Type "Sound" into the search box and click on "Sound" to adjust the Windows 7 audio properties.

Click the "Recording" tab and select "Line In." Click "Set to Default." Click "Properties" and select the "Levels" tab. Move the volume slider to the left or right to adjust the recording level. Click "OK."

Click "Start," select "All Programs," then "Accessories." Double-click on "Sound Recorder." Click "Start Recording" to begin recording, then press "Play" on your CD decks.

Click "Stop Recording" when you have finished recording. Type a name for the file and click "Save" to store it on your computer.


There are also many commercially available audio recording software applications. Free software, such as Audacity, is also available online.

Things You'll Need

  • Audio mixer
  • 2 stereo RCA cables
  • Stereo RCA to 1/8-inch plug adaptor
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