I have a MacBook Pro running Mavericks and the current version of Audacity. I am trying to connect a Thorns Jubilee turntable using a Behringer UCA202 Audio Interface.
The turntable is connected to the input ports on the CA202 and the USB out is connected directly to the MacBook USB port.
I have followed the instructions in the tutorial. I do not get any sound or see the wave pattern. These are the settings I have for used for Devices and Recording are in the two
attachments. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
You need a UFO-202, which contains a phono preamp. Alternatively you could run the Thorens through a stand-alone phono preamp.
Apple (upper left) > System Preferences > Hardware > Sound > Input. This panel should have a bouncing blue-ball sound meter. If you select the USB Audio Codec and play a record, the blue balls should flash. If they don’t, then the sound is not getting to your Mac.
Audacity gets the sound after the computer is done receiving it. If the computer doesn’t get it, Audacity is out of the picture.
The UCA202 is the wrong device for this task. You should have a UFO202 Phono Preamplifier or equivalent.
The sound from a legacy turntable isn’t normal sound. It’s low level and has RIAA distortion. The phono preamp boosts the sound and removes the distortion. In addition, the UFO202 has a screw lug for connecting the turntable thin black ground wire. This is needed to help turntable hum and buzz problems. The UCA202 has no ground lug.
It is possible for you to connect the turntable to a HiFi Amplifier that has a “Phono-In.” Then connect the amplifier Tape-Out to the UCA202. That’s perfectly valid. That’s how I do it. Don’t forget to connect the thin black ground wire.