Creating a UNIVERSAL RECORDING adapter for the Sony Playstation portable
Ok So i'm writing a guide on how to make a UNIVERSAL recording adapter the PSP, this is kind've like the prelude to my recording guitar on the psp guide i posted the other week. Now ths guide is based off Art's Boom headset guide and is for use with Art's audio recording program AUDIO MECHANICA, Once you have completed this adapter you should go ahead and download this program and go through my other guide.
Well, first of all, the PRE-REQUISITES:
- A homebrew compatible PSP (anything that can run Arts audio mechanica)
- PSP headphone remote
- a Soldering iron and soldering skills
- 1 x MONO Enclosed Shielded cable and 1 x Stereo Shielded Enclosed cable
- 1 x 1/8 inch 4 conductor plug
- 1 x 1/8 stereo female PLUG or directly wire a headset
- 1 x XLR female (universal adapter) or 1 x 1/4 Plug (guitar adapter)
Now, once you have fulfilled the pre-requisites you can begin to work on the PSP universal Adapter or the PSP guitar adapter. Unfortunately you can only construct one with the above material, You have to choose which one would be best for you.
Universal Adapter: This adapter will be using an XLR plug and socket this allows it have a professional microphone attached, Run into the line out in most P.A's, Run through the line out of anything (Computer, Radio, Tv, Record player) You can also easily construct external adapters so that you can use other inputs. Examples of other adapters are shown at the bottom of the post.
Guitar Adapter: This adapter is designed specifically for recording guitar, it will be using a 1/4 plug to go directly into the guitar, though in theory you can use this to record p.as, etc making external adapters will not be so easy.
How to create and wire the Adapters. This will be a rough guide to do both as they are both practically the same idea. Remember this is a rough guide, try not to attempt this unless you have some idea of what your doing.
STEP 1: Ok, first we're going to wire up the XLR female or 1/4 inch jack , This should be done by first getting the MONO enclosed shielded wire and cutting some of the plastic insulation off, Now twirl the shielding into a wire, pre tin it, and solder this to the left metal terminal of the unscrewed XLR or the bigger metal terminal on the 1/4 inch plug. At this point you now get the wire and pre-tin it, now solder this wire to the bottom /center and right terminal, and for the 1/4 inch plug we now solder this wire to the center smaller terminal. Now make sure this wire is not making contact with the shield, use insulating tape to prevent contact. Close up the XLR or the 1/4 inch.
STEP 2: Now that we have made the mono input, we now construct the stereo output, We simply cut the STEREO enclosed shielded cable, and twirl the shield into a wire like on the mono cable (seen in figure 1), we wire this to the large terminal on the bottom of the female plug (its very similiar to a standard 1/8 inch male plug) and then using the two insulated wires solder up to the left and right terminals, make sure these do not touch.
Figure 1 A stereo enclosed shielded cable
STEP 3: At this point we have completed the two output and input elements of the project, and all that is left to do is hook this up to the 4 conductor 1/8 inch plug that will plug into the PSP remote headset. Now you simply wire up the two separate cables to the 1/8 inch plug by wiring the 2 cables and shield of the stereo output into the Tip (left output), Ring (right output) and ring 2 which will be the earth. Now simply wire the single mono wire from the 1/4 inch / XLR input onto the Sleeve, and the shield onto the earth aswell. (shown in figure 2)
FIGURE 2 How to wire!
STEP 4: Now simply plug in your 4 conductor 1/8 inch plug into your PSP headphone remote and record away, if you need further information on plugging up and rocking out just go on over to my other guide.
Now unfortunately i know this guide is hard to understand but aslong as you just follow it loosely, you should do fine. Goodluck with it guys, i hope i helped anyone who was stuck, or didn't have luck with the project
Examples of XLR ADAPTERS YOU CAN CONSTRUCT
1/4 INCH TO XLR
RCA to XLR
BNC to XLR
Cheers! - Joel Van
oh and thanks to Art and Iteixeira!