I’d like to record some vinyls on my PC, but i’m having some problems determining the correct Input level. I’ve followed some guides/tutorials on the wiki, and they advice me to adjust input levels so the ‘Red Clipping Indicator’ on the ‘Meter Toolbar’ doesn’t appear. (As described here: http://www.audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Recording_levels)
Even if i put the recording (input) level and the output level of the source at maximum, the Indicator never appears. Although, my recording is seriously distorted then. The meter toolbar is also completely filled then, constantly pushing against the 0db limit.
If i lower both record level and output level my recordings sound good, but i’d like to record them at maximum level without distortion. That’s pretty much impossible without the Clipping Indicator.
I tried with Audacity stable and beta, same problem. A quick search on this forum yielded me no solutions.
Anybody knows a solution for my problem? Fyi: I have a Synq XTRM-1 turntable with a built-in line-out (but i have the same problem if i use the turntable phono-out > mixer > pc line-in). My PC has an Audigy 2 ZS Soundcard. I’m using Windows XP with the latest drivers for my soundcard.
I also have a question about this passage on the ‘Recording Levels’ page in the wiki:
Note that the achieved recording level is a combination of both the input level you record at and the output level of the source. If you find you achieve near maximum levels on the recording meter with only a very low setting on the input slider, this may lead to the recording sounding excessively close and un-natural. In this case you may want to cut back the output level somewhat if you can. Similarly if you can’t get close to maximum levels on the meter even when the input slider is on maximum, try turning up the output level.
What should be highest for optimal sound quality ? The Input (recording level) or the Output level of the source (line-in)?