Audacity sounds very tinny, recording with cassette player

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Audacity sounds very tinny, recording with cassette player

Permanent link to this post Posted by Jamini » Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:46 am

I recently switched to a new Toshiba laptop with Windows 7. Previous laptop also had Windows 7. Audacity worked perfectly on that computer but with the new computer the recording is very tinny. I am using a cassette player with line in to the microphone jack of the laptop--same set up as the previous computer. I have tried various things with the Realtek audio system by looking at other posts but it still is quite tinny. I am only using it for transcribing talks so I can still mostly understand the words but not always--any help would be great. I have tried the MME with Speakers (realtek) and Mic in at front panel, also Windows Wasapi and direct sound but still the sound is the same.
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Re: Audacity sounds very tinny, recording with cassette play

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:39 am

You lucked out before. The new computer Mic-In is probably designed for a microphone...

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/comp ... ophone.jpg

...and nothing else. You can get around the lack of a stereo, high-level Line-In with a USB sound adapter such as a Behringer UCA202 like I have. They also make a UCA222 and other than the paint color, I never figured out the differences.

http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ ... Lenovo.jpg

Please stay away from USB adapters such as this one:

http://www.startech.com/Cards-Adapters/ ... ICUSBAUDIO

They work perfectly, but they don't have a stereo line-in, either. They just duplicate the connections you have already. I use mine to record telephone conversations with a special microphone.

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/olym ... Blowup.jpg

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