jt4music wrote:This, for the record (excuse the pun) is the opposite of the instruction in the Futuristix manual which stresses the importance of having the device plugged in BEFORE launching Audacity.
If the Futuristix manual refers to an old version of Audacity it is essential to plug the device in before starting Audacity. In current Audacity you can use Transport > Rescan Audio Devices if you plugged the device in after starting Audacity.
jt4music wrote:the quality of recording from the Futuristix converter is hopeless unfortunately and I've sent it back.
USB cassette converters are often cheap and mass-produced in China.
If you already have a good cassette deck, you can connect it to line-in of the computer if it has a blue line-in (microphone in is not recommended). If you don't have a line-in you can get a modestly priced USB interfaces that provides a line-in.