I am using Windows 7 64 bit SP1 Audacity 2.0.4…I don`t remember how I originally installed Audacity…I downloaded it from the official website…most likely I ran the installer then opened it as instructed.
I am trying to make stereo recordings of a guitar in one channel and voice on the other…I am running a Shure SM57 microphone and a guitar through 2 separate channels in an Alesis Multimix 4 which is a 4 channel mixer with a USB output which I have plugged into the computer…as far as I know the sound recording and playback settings are correct but I`m not sure…I have Realtek Stereo Mix enabled as default recording device.
When I record instead of getting two different tracks I end up with two identical tracts…I have tried everything I can to fix this…I understand that I can record the guitar and vocal separately but that is not the effect I`m looking for…is there anything I can do to fix this?
I understand that I can record the guitar and vocal separately but that is not the effect I`m looking for
We got that. You want a live recording, not an overdubbing session.
I have Realtek Stereo Mix enabled as default recording device.
Wrong. That’s the fold-back device you use to record Internet audio (YouTube, etc).
You want to be recording from the actual USB device. If it doesn’t appear, first in Windows and then Audacity, you may have some interesting fights with software drivers. Not everybody supports four channel the same way. You may be able to sweet-talk the software into delivering stereo for you and that will work for this.
ok I think I understand…can you be more specific? I have tried every combination of settings for both record and playback drivers I can find on my computer…when I downloaded the driver for the mixer I came up with an icon that said Codac USB or something like that…I’ve tried that to no avail…i`m totally stumped…any more ideas?
USB Audio Codec. That’s probably it. You can confirm that by disconnecting the device. The listing should vanish. You may have to refresh the listing to see it go. Also remember, Audacity looks for new devices when it starts.
Win7 had a nice little sound control panel with a sound meter in it for each listed device. Do you get a bouncing sound meter in Windows? Leave Audacity closed for this test.
I can give you worse news. If the device uses ASIO software, this will be very difficult because Audacity doesn’t directly support ASIO. This is where I get in over my head. I’m not a Windows elf.