Hi, I have just purchased the Audio Technica USB recorder that comes with AUDACITY and CAKE WALK. I decided to first use AUDACITY because I have WINDOWS VISTA (CAKE WALK requires a patch I must obtain from CAKE WALK in order to be WINDOWS VISTA-compatible).
1) the manual from Audio Technica that speaks of how to set up your PC is awful. The control panel menu SOUNDS AND AUDIO DEVICES PROPERTIES does not exist in WINDOW VISTA and all the instructions on that page do not apply (therefore, I can't tell if I'm setup correctly).
2) I managed to get AUDACITY installed, following the preferences instructions. However, I do not know which PLAYBACK DEVICE that I need to choose as there are several to choose from [i.e. MICROSOFT SOUND MAPPER - OUTPUT -- SPDIF INTERFACE (CONEXANT HIGH -- etc.]. And why just the one parenthesis ( before the word CONEXANT and not an ending parenthesis )? WINDOWS VISTA just seems absolutely inane and inept.
3) I managed to record a snippet of a 45. But when I go and try to play any tunes in my WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER library, I cannot hear anything as the track is clearly running (keep in mind that the USB cable from the Audio Technica equipment is still plugged in and AUDACITY is open with that one snippet recorded from that 45). The only way to hear something from WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER is to unplug the USB cable and fidget around. Sometimes I have to turn the PC completely off in order to again hear WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and sometimes not. This does not seem right as a friend's system doesn't exhibit the same problem. I should be able to play anything on my PC, whether an MP3 or WAV or CDA file, and hear it even though the USB cable from Audio Technica is plugged in. Any ideas on how to fix this?
I tried experimenting on the above snippet of a clip from that 45 I just recorded. There are clicks and surface noise but AUDACITY's CLICK REMOVAL and NOISE REMOVAL features are just awful. I followed all the instructions without any results. CLICK REMOVAL absolutely did nothing -- the clicks are still there. NOISE REMOVAL literally takes away the music and leaves a few alien-sounding beep sounds in place of the music. So, with WINDOWS VISTA being completely inept, with AUDIO TECHNICA's manual being completely inept for WINDOWS VISTA users, with CAKE WALK having to require WINDOWS VISTA users to email for a patch, and with AUDACITY being inept with its CLICK REMOVAL and NOISE REMOVAL features; this whole experience has been crappy from the get-go. Any ideas on how to really use CLICK REMOVAL and NOISE REMOVAL without turning tracks into MORK FROM ORK alien sounds?
I've been duped and thus my user name AUDUPITY.