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I am a NEWBIE user

Permanent link to this post Posted by fanbrother » Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:20 am

Hello, I just put Audacity on my computer because I have a huge project that I'm trying to do and it is to copy about 100 audio cassettes and put them on cd's as mp3s. Now if I'm saying that wrong its because I am so new and so ignorant on to how this works.

I've been playing with this for hours and I feel like I'm more confused than ever. First of all, I have an imac. I have a new device called a"Reshow usb cassette capture" which is kind of a plug and play type of thing, but they give you a disc to upload Audacity on to your computer first.

So I put the cassette into the player and then plug it into the computer via usb.

I open audacity and hit the play button on the cassette player and then the record button on my audacity.

The sound waves move as if its recording something, however there is no sound so I dont know.

When I stop the cassette and go to the beginning of the audacity recording....I have nothing.

I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Can anyone help a newbie?
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Re: I am a NEWBIE user

Permanent link to this post Posted by Trebor » Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:14 am

fanbrother wrote: I open audacity and hit the play button on the cassette player and then the record button on my audacity.
The sound waves move as if its recording something, however there is no sound so I dont know.
When I stop the cassette and go to the beginning of the audacity recording....I have nothing.

If you can see blue waveform appearing on the screen, then Audacity has recorded something ...

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https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/aud ... eform.html

If you have a waveform, but can't hear the playback from Audacity, check the playback volume-slider isn't at zero ...
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Re: I am a NEWBIE user

Permanent link to this post Posted by billw58 » Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:47 pm

fanbrother wrote:they give you a disc to upload Audacity on to your computer first.

That's probably an old version of Audacity. Please download the latest version.

Then have a look at this page in the manual.

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