G4 sound card question.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by NinjaFingers, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. NinjaFingers macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2010
    I have a 400 Mhz PowerMac G4 that is about 10 years old (graphite case).

    Does anyone know if the sound cards that shipped with these machines can handle stereo recording?
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    There are actually three different models of 400MHz G4 tower--the original "Yikes" (PCI Graphics) model, the slightly newer AGP Graphics model, and a generation later the "Gigabit Ethernet" version. They all look nearly identical from the outside.

    Fortunately for you, all three should have 16-bit analog stereo in via a standard line-level 3.5mm jack. The model afterward, Digital Audio, removed the audio input jack, but the slowest version is 466MHz, so that's not what you have.

    If your source is RCA (red and white jacks), you'll need to get an RCA to 3.5mm adapter (usually sort of Y shaped), which can be found cheap at most electronics stores (as they're also used to output sound from an iPod or other 3.5mm stereo source to the RCA inputs on a stereo).
  3. Retrosonic macrumors regular

    May 13, 2009
    Sound Card

    That is all true, but the internal 16 bit sound chips really werent very good. If you need good audio, you can get a USB external sound "box" and get 24 bit, great sounding audio. And they arent that expensive either.

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