[audacity4blind] Re: How to successfully record from a tape deck to digital

  • From: "Jacob Kruger" <jacob@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <audacity4blind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:41:19 +0200

Maybe also try dropping recording volume level in audacity itself from same sort of toolbar where you select input device.


Then after recording, you can amplify the recording somewhat.

Stay well

Jacob Kruger
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Gene" <gsasner@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <audacity4blind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 6:28 PM
Subject: [audacity4blind] Re: How to successfully record from a tape deck to digital


I'm not sure what is causing the problem. Someone else may have more suggestions. It appears that you are using the correct source but I'm not sure how Audacity handles selecting of sources. Try making the selection directly in Audacity and see what happens. I haven't done this for a long time and I'd have to look at the program to see how this is done. If you need help doing this, there are almost certainly other list members who know how to do this without looking in the program. You will probably get instructions. If not, I'll look.

Gene
----- Original Message ----- From: "Donna Smith" <donnafsmith59@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <audacity4blind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 10:11 AM
Subject: [audacity4blind] Re: How to successfully record from a tape deck to digital


Hello Gene.  Thanks for the response.

So I found manage audio devices on my laptop and selected sound and
then recording tab which gave me three devices to select.
External Mic (not plugged in)
Internal mic (ready)
Microphone USB Audio Device (default)

I selected the usb audio device as the Behringer is plugged in via
USB.  I found the levels tab under properties.  It was originally set
at 100% and I lowered it to 30%.  Then nothing recorded.  I upped it
to 50% and then 75% and still nothing.

I went back and selected the internal mic and got major feedback
unless it was set to only 1% or muted.

Am I playing around in the wrong place?

Donna


On 2/20/15, Gene <gsasner@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Make sure you have selected line-in as the source and make sure you are
using the line-in jack.  Check the volume level of the line-in setting,
which I believe you can do from within Audacity. If you canpt, then check it using the Windows volume control record settings. Checking the volume level may not be necessary if you find you haven't been using line-in until

now.  Once you switch to line-in, try making a test recording and see if
that solves the problem. If it doesn't, try experimenting with different
volume levels.  Start at about 30 or 40.

Gene
----- Original Message -----
From: "Donna Smith" <donnafsmith59@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <audacity4blind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 8:05 AM
Subject: [audacity4blind] How to successfully record from a tape deck to
digital


Hi all.

My name is Donna and I am an absolute newby interested in only
learning enough to accomplish a specific task.  That task is recording
my cassette tape material to digital.  I have some very old tape of
music that are home recordings in the first place and I don't expect
great results.  That is, I'm not really looking to make the sound
quality better.  I just want to preserve it.

I bought the BEHRINGER U-PHONO UFO202 to connect the tape deck to my
computer for recording and downloaded the latest version of Audacity.
I was pleasantly surprised to find Audacity so keyboard command
friendly!

Here is my specific problem.  When I connect the tape deck to my
laptop and start recording, there is a distorted sound such as you get
when you turn the speakers up too loud.  This happens even though I
have the sound level on the tape deck very low.  If I turn it all the
way down, then I just get distortion noise in the recording minus the
music on the tape.  I've had someone who can see to make sure that I
have the connection cables in the right place and I have grounded the
tape deck.

What can I do to eliminate this problem?  And please, please explain
in user friendly terms for someone who knows nothing about recording
music.

I thank you all in advance for your responses and for allowing me to
lower the quality of discussion for a little while.  <smile>

Donna

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