+4dBu signal into Line-In port on Mobo w/out pad?

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by Krixon, May 31, 2017.

  1. Krixon

    Krixon Limp Gawd

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    Not the typical usage scenario, but I've got a question and my usual peeps aren't around to give me a straight answer. I made the mistake of stopping into a Guitar Center and the dude working in the 'pro audio' section had no idea what I was talking about. My question is:

    Can I safely go out from my Master Stereo 1/4 (L/R) jacks, on my mixer, into a 3.5mm Mic Line-In port on my motherboard via a Dual 1/4 TS to 3.5mm TRS Y-Cable? The Master Stereo jacks are +4dBu out.

    I am worried that, without padding the signal, I'm going to degrade my onboard mobo sound with a signal that's too hot. I already pad the signal (20db) from the group-out ports on my mixer, which goes into an Zoom H6.

    Relevant Specs are:

    Mixer: Yamaha MG16XU
    Motherboard: ASUS X99 Deluxe
     
  2. B00nie

    B00nie [H]ardness Supreme

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    You have nothing to worry unless you overdrive the signal. You're probably not going to want to crank the level to the max at any time anyway so as long as you have the ability to level adjust you're ok to go.
     
  3. Krixon

    Krixon Limp Gawd

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    Thanks. I kind of assumed that this would be the case.