Unstable pitch when recording acoustic guitar

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Re: Unstable pitch when recording acoustic guitar

Permanent link to this post Posted by Flamenco » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:12 am

Update - well, well, well. I fired up the old laptop running Vista, plugged in the new mic and then disconnected from the internet (antivirus probably out of date) once the mic had installed ok (very fast). Audacity on there is 2.0.5 and it all worked beautifully. I recorded a few pieces with no hint of pitch wobble - in fact it actually sounded better than on the windows10 laptop, but that could be my imagination.

So the immediate problem is solved - I will be able to record the pieces I want to make into a CD for a Christmas present, as soon as I have the house to myself again for a morning.

I am very interested in getting the win10 laptop to run Audacity properly but that might be something for the future. I will keep checking back on here to see if anyone has resolved the issue and in the meantime - many thanks for your help, and Merry Christmas!

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Re: Unstable pitch when recording acoustic guitar

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:05 pm

Flamenco wrote: recorded a few pieces with no hint of pitch wobble - in fact it actually sounded better than on the windows10 laptop, but that could be my imagination.

So it would seem that it is not the mic, and none of us have seen this problem in Audacity previously, which would suggest that it is something peculiar about that Win 10 laptop.

Have you tried making a test recording with Windows Voice Recorder? (available here if you don't already have it: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p ... zdncrfhwkn)
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Re: Unstable pitch when recording acoustic guitar

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:38 pm

Just another quick thought - have you tried all of the USB sockets on the laptop? I'm not optimistic about it making much difference, but worth a try.
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Re: Unstable pitch when recording acoustic guitar

Permanent link to this post Posted by Flamenco » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:37 pm

Thank you, Steve. I have tried all the USB sockets - a USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0 - with the same result from each.

As the older Vista laptop is working well, and I can position it at my elbow, it's actually more convenient to use that for the moment but I would really like to resolve the issue between my win10 laptop, microphone and Audacity if that is where the problem lies.
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