I desperately need help after fiddling with this for many months.
Jack, ALSA and various selections for Playback and Microphone inputs have me baffled. I go around in circles tring to exhaust all the possibilities. I am avoiding bying Mackie Tracktion if possible as I dislike windows and feel it will be an ultimate waste of time.
Can anyone explain succinctly how to record successive tracks (clean with no previous track information…OF GUITAR AND VOICE?
ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED
Yes I have been able to record a guitar track, and then a voice track and another voice track…but the second and third tracks nearly always have the first track in the background and become unclean and distroted…I used to use windows and did not have this problem but, as usuual Windows became psychotic on me and I am forced to use Bodhi Linux based on Ubuntu 12.4.
It has a line in (blue) input and a green headphone output.
Yes, I have been able to record instrumental tracks on the first track and then tried to add guitar/voice tracks with varying degrees of success
Ok Here is the first screenshot (audacity_screenshot) and I do not see “Audio Device Info” on that screen.
When I open “Devices” I get screenshot_2 … under playback and recording there are default settings but aldo “pulse” settings
I don’t know if I sent the manual for the ProFX8 …maybe that will help?
Sorry Steve if I have not explained the technology that is overwhelming me!
Yes to the Rode mic connected to mackie
HDMI audio I didn’t even know about until your email but it looks like I need to learn about how the Benq display might be interfering
the usb webcam I seldom have on because I did see that it was poroblematic…but I did try to skype last week and left it on
please advise what to shut down/change/configure to get the audacity working… I will write it all down and follow it religiously
I will start by disconnecting the skype camera
What about that usb connector…from the Mackie to the computer…should I disconnect it?
Yes, disconnect the camera.
Leave the Mackie connected.
Probably best to reboot so that we know where we’re starting from.
Plug your mic into the mixer
Switch on the phantom power on the mixer (see the manual for details).
Plug your headphones into the mixer.
Set the mixer so that you can see a good level on the meters when you speak into the mic.
Slowly turn up the headphone control until you can hear your voice clearly (but not too loud) through your headphones.
Refer to the mixer and microphone manuals as necessary to get this part working. We can’t go further until that is working.
When that is all set up,
Look in the “Transport” menu and ensure that “Overdub” is selected and “Software Playthrough” is not selected.
There should now be one recording input option and one playback output option in the Device Toolbar for the USB mixer (probably called something like: “USB Audio CODEC: USB Audio (hw:1,0)”)
Set both the input and the output in the Device Toolbar to these USB options.
Now try recording.
If there are any error messages, make a note of exactly what they say.
Here is a screenshot showing that the volume is quite low on the tracks…also the mp3 shows that there is a repetitive cracking sound…
Fortunately each new track seems clean and has nothing of the previous tracks
Go into “Edit menu > Preferences > Recording”
Where it says “Audio to buffers”, the default is 100 milliseconds. Try increasing that to 150, 200, 250, 300 milliseconds, Do any of those settings stop the crackling?
Well Steve, after many hours of applying your simple suggestions I have it recording correctly now. I must admit however that I still don’t feel that I have mastered this because it didn’t get sorted quickly, rather, after a few restarts and rechecking of plugs. I can now go off to sleep feeling I have accomplished a lot in one day. Thank you so much for your patient and persistent help. I am hoping that I now have at least a base of knowledge upon which I can improve.
The last suggestion changing from 100 to 150 miliseconds did get rid of the crackling.