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Audacity will not record on this computer

Permanent link to this post Posted by jesseshelnut » Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:08 am

Hello all, I have a recording problem. I am a recording artist and I need to record vocals for songs, but when I try to record, I get a flatline. I did use Audacity before with no problems and I have songs out already. It decided to do this for no reason it seems. The thing is, when I plug in my setup into a different computer, it records just fine. If you have any answers, I would greatly appreciate it!
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Re: Audacity will not record on this computer

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:08 am

You can start with left-brain obsessive descriptions, model numbers and versions. We can't work with "a different computer."

What are you singing into? How is it connected? Which three-number Audacity are you using? Who made your current computer? What's the model? Has this config ever worked?

If it's a laptop, can you record at all with the built-in microphone?

Can Audacity find your microphone or microphone system? It's pretty common to plug in a USB microphone after Audacity is already running and Audacity can't find it. Start Audacity after you plug everything up or Transport > Rescan.

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Re: Audacity will not record on this computer

Permanent link to this post Posted by jesseshelnut » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:40 pm

I am singing into a microphone connected to a mixer via XLR connected to my computer via a Sabrent USB External Stereo Sound Adapter. I am currently using Audacity 2.2.0 on my Lenovo G70. I can not record at all with the built in microphone as well. Audacity is able to detect that something is plugged in.
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Re: Audacity will not record on this computer

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:59 am

Can you find your Windows Start button?

Start > Control Panel > Sound

That should give you a panel similar to this.

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Switch to the Record Tab. Find the USB device that more or less matches the Sabrent. It may not say that, but it may be the only USB sound device in that panel. Make music or sound into the Sabrent. Do the green bars flash like in my picture?

Audacity gets sound from Windows, not the Sabrent, so it has to get here first.

Let us know.

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Re: Audacity will not record on this computer

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:04 am

OK, that may be a waveoff. Does your Sabrent look like this?

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That's not the right adapter to go from your mixer to the computer.

The pink connection is for a sensitive mono computer microphone, not high volume stereo mixer sound.

Let us know.

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Re: Audacity will not record on this computer

Permanent link to this post Posted by jesseshelnut » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:15 am

Yes that is the product I purchased. The thing is, I set up my microphone and everything and I decided to start recording a new song and it worked! But after trying to get my mic to work in FL studio, it seemed to make it stop working in Audacity for some reason. Now, I have no idea if that’s the reason or not, but it very well could be. Maybe it could be my drivers? I’m not the smartest with computers haha so maybe you have some other suggestions.
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Re: Audacity will not record on this computer

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:44 am

Maybe it could be my drivers?

My guess is no. Software drivers don't come and go like that (that I know of).

Maybe it's as simple as starting Audacity after you connect everything.
a mixer via XLR

XLR is the connection type that good quality microphones use.

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We got that part down. What's the mixer?

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Re: Audacity will not record on this computer

Permanent link to this post Posted by jesseshelnut » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:47 am

Mixer: Neewer 1-channel 48V phantom power supply

This is connected to the Sabrent via an xlr to 1/8
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Re: Audacity will not record on this computer

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:54 am

Sabrent via an xlr to 1/8

Getting closer. Does the 1/8" look like this.

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I forgot I shot this

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Or like this?

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The 1/8" doesn't have to look exactly like that, but it does have to have only one black ring, not two.

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Re: Audacity will not record on this computer

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:08 am

You don't have a mixer. You can't plug two or three microphones in and mix between them. You only have the power supply to run your condenser microphone which I'm guessing about because you didn't tell us what it is.

With all the problems you can have with the Neewer and adapter cable, it still should not have just vanished from Audacity.

I'm getting dizzy. Go back up the discussion and look at the message where I said to open the Windows control panel and see if you can find the Neewer. See if you can make the little green bar sound meter jump.

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