After extensively searching the Internet for an answer to my problem, I have decided it would be best to immerse myself into some forums and express my concerns.
Please refer to the attached .txt document containing all of the specs for the laptop I am using.
Before connecting the device, I went ahead and found the correct driver. It was a slight mission as I am using Windows Vista and the latest drivers are for Windows 7. Regardless, I was successful and the computer recognized the H4 series as a device. My H4n came with a DAW software (I believe) called Cubase LE5. I was unable to install the software as my disc drive is…not functioning currently. That’s a problem for another day. Anyway, I mention it because I read that having a professional DAW interface is ideal for the H4n, which I will look into if necessary.
I wanted to just see if I could get it working with Audacity just as a test as many do not seem to have an issue connecting a USB audio interface. Audacity recognized the device and it is listed in each of the drop-boxes of select-able devices to use. The project rate is set to 44100Hz, same setting is applied to the device. All options are default such as latency correction, etc. Overdub is selected, Software playthrough is not selected, and Sound Activated Recording is also not selected. I will gladly provide any more information that is asked of me regarding individual settings.
When connecting the H4n it asks to select for it to either be used as a mass storage device or audio interface. I select audio interface. At this point, the device powers on and works through the laptop. With my headphones connected to the headphones/line jack on the H4n, the computer uses the H4n as a playback device. This works fine, it seems. When I select the recording device as the H4n it doesn’t seem to show any monitoring levels on the recording tab of sound preferences. Over in Audacity, when selecting “click to start monitoring” there is no response what-so-ever. When I click record, a track opens like normal but the cursor remains stuck and sort of flashing/twitching. I find it strange that the device works perfectly as a playback device, but not a recording device. I opened sound-recorder as an alternative and still nothing. Hitting record in sound recorder produces a file with no data.
My laptop has a built in microphone with a webcam. Switching to this microphone produces sound results. I can record and playback the file through my H4n with no issues. This leads me to think there is an issue with the device but there is no apparent solution. There is a monitoring feature within the H4n which allows me to hear what would potentially be recorded before recording. I thought turning this on would be the solution but the same issue remains only now I can hear myself through the H4n microphone.
I feel like I am so close to getting this to work. There is something I am missing and I’m hoping someone had some experience with this already. I hear that my issue is extensive and could have many possible reasons! It makes me sad…
My goal with this is to set up the H4n as a live-feed microphone for playing live sessions. If I can’t get it to work in Audacity, I assume it won’t work anywhere else, as Audacity has always been so versatile for me.
Hope this isn’t too long and would discourage users form helping me. I jus want to share as much info as I can on the topic, but alas, I am a newbie in the sound engineering world!
Looking forward to some replies! Thank you!
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