Am trying to set up this new software. The input drop menu has only two options, neither are “Line In” for my PC. The PC is a HP that is relative new, not more than two years old. Is the latest and greatest from HP.
I’m trying to set up my reel to reel recorder (Right and Left RCA plugs into a adaptor to a stereo mini plug, and have hooked all this together into my PC’s “line in” on the back of the tower.
I found that Audacity must be set for the input to “line in” and the output should be my sound card. These drop menus for either of these do not have these options.
Both input and output had only two options…both of which did have a Microsoft Sound Manager (can’t remember exactly) option…but in reading about it, evidently I am not to choose that option.
Please tell us exactly what version of Windows you have.
Do you have two separate audio inputs? If so, choose the blue one marked line-in. Read your computer manual to find out which one it is. If you have a separate line-in, but it does not show up in Audacity, open the Windows sound control panels, and enable the line-in. See how to do that for Windows XP or Windows Vista or later .
If you actually have a separate line-in then as already explained you will need to enable that line-in in Windows Sound. See Missing features - Audacity Support for how to do that. If the line-in is disabled in Windows, no software will record from it.
If you only have an external microphone input you will have to choose that input in the third box in Device Toolbar and see if you get acceptable quality. Again, that mic input may be disabled by Windows. Unless you enable inputs in Windows then you will not be able to record.
If you need more help, please tell us what physical audio inputs the computer has (read the computer manual if you are not sure what inputs it has).
Then click Help > Audio Device Info… top right of Audacity, right-click in the window, Select All, then right-click, Copy, and paste the information here. That will tell us what output and input devices Audacity can see.