How to connect a headphone output to a mic input

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How to connect a headphone output to a mic input
The green headphone and red microphone port usually appear together on a PC's sound card. (connecteurs viédo et audio carte atx image by dead_account from Fotolia.com)

Using audio ports on the sound card, a PC plays sound on headphones as well as records audio from a microphone. These output and input connections serve two separate roles on a PC, but users can combine them to serve a singular purpose of recording audio. With an additional hardware component, you can change the way you use input and output ports on a PC.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase a 3.5mm male-to-male audio extension cable from a local or online electronics store. Two examples of cable manufacturers are Belkin and Cables Unlimited. Both ends of the cables are both male, meaning they plug into ports.

  2. 2

    Plug one end of the cable into the headphone port. This port is usually coloured green on a PC. This port on a stereo player or boom box is usually imprinted with the icon of "headphones."

  3. 3

    Plug the other end of the cable into the microphone port. This port is usually coloured red on a PC. This port on a stereo player or a boom box is usually imprinted with the icon of a "microphone."

Tips and warnings

  • Use any program that can record sound via the microphone port, such as the free "Sound Recorder" in Windows 7.

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