Hello, I bought a Dansrue cassette player which converts to mp3. Following the instructions, and reading other posts on this forum, I think I have it set up correctly. In the System Settings Sound Preferences, I have the USB PnP Audio Device selected as the Input. When I play the cassette, the meter bars show that it is playing correctly, at least in System Preferences.
In Audacity (2.3.0), I have the USB Pnp Audio Device selected as the Recording Device. However, when I press Record, I get this error:
“Error opening recording device. Error code: -9986 Internal PortAudio error”
Interestingly, when I restarted Audacity and tried again, it worked. I was able to record one whole song off the tape. Then, about 15 seconds into the second song, Audacity crashed. Now, I am getting that error again. I can’t get it to work after several tries.
Any idea how I can get this working?
EDIT: Just now it worked again. And crashed again. I noticed this time, that the player disappears from the Input devices in System Preferences when this happens. The connection seems flaky, I think that is what is causing the problem. Not sure how to fix it though or why it would be dropping connection like that.
I am running Audacity 2.3.0 on a Mac running OS 13.6. I have recorded nearly 45000 songs into iTunes using Audacity. Today, about 3/4 of the way through a cassette, it stopped recording. Deck was running but the Audacity plot was stopped. I got the “Error opening recording device. Error code -9986 PortAudio error.” upon re-starting Audacity. What gives ?
PortAudio is the software library that Audacity uses to communicate with the computer sound system.
Error code “-9986” will occur if PortAudio cannot find the audio device. This would suggest that the device has become disconnected from the computer.
Check that the USB lead and plugs are secure, then check in the Windows Sound Control Panel to see if the USB device is currently connected and enabled.
If the device is enabled in the Windows Sound Control Panel, select “Rescan Audio Devices” in Audacity’s Transport menu, Then check and reset if necessary, the settings in the device toolbar.
If the device is not enabled, check the USB lead and connectors more thoroughly, and reboot the computer. Is the device enabled in the Windows Sound Control Panel now? If not, the device, or USB lead, have probably died.
Try a new USB lead if possible.
Try a different USB socket on the computer if possible.