Audacity microphone volume too high

I’m transferring a vinyl LP to my computer via Audacity, but can’t seem to get my microphone volume low enough for THIS PARTICULAR LP, as it is mixed way too high! Here’s my technical data: Computer is HP Pavilion g7 notebook pc (AMD a6-4400M APU, 64 bit OS, x64 based processor). Turntable is Innovative Technology (IT) model ITVS-200B, contains preamp w/ internal speakers. Amp output is 5w+5w, ceramic stereo cartridge. Connection between computer and turntable is RCA (red/white) from turntable output, directly to laptop via stereo 3.5mm pin plug to mic input. Audacity version is 2.1.0. I can’t get a mic volume control slider on Audacity, so I go to my computer microphone controls. Even with microphone and boost both down to zero, I’m red-lining and clipping all over the place. With LPs other than the one in question, I’m able to control the high levels by sliding mic boost from +10.0dB to 0, then regulating from there with the computer mic level slider. Any thoughts on how to further regulate my mic volume controls with the equipment I have, or am I looking at purchasing a mixer or other device?

turntable output should go to line-in, not mic-in, (the latter is too sensitive).

You can use a desktop/tower computer with a regular soundcard and line input. Or, you can get a USB audio interface with line inputs. There are a few suggestions on [u]this page[/u].

If you are concerned about “loud” records you may want one with a recording volume control. If you have excess volume, it’s important to have an analog control so you don’t clip (distort) the analog-to-digital converter built into the audio interface.

ceramic stereo cartridge.

FYI - [u]Ceramic cartridges[/u] are not generally considered “high fidelity”.

Yes, wish my laptop had a line in, only mic and headphone jacks available

Sometimes the mic-in can be toggled to become line-in via software control,
(On my Dell laptops that is possible).

Otherwise you’ll need a hardware gadget to convert a USB socket into line-in,
such as …
(other similar devices from other manufacturers are available)

Thanks, I’ll check those two options. I’d purchased the UFO202, only to find that it wouldn’t work with a turntable unit that already contains a preamp like mine. I believe your suggested alternative is a more suitable unit. I’m obviously moving slowly on this project, but will inform you of my success (or not) when I get back to it!

I’d purchased the UFO202, only to find that it wouldn’t work with a turntable unit that already contains a preamp like mine.

I hope you didn’t send it back. The UFO-202 can be switched between Phono and Line. It will do either one. Those are hard to come by. Behringer went into partial suspension because of the sickness and depending on where in the world you are, they can’t be bought.

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