Problem: Don’t understand exactly how USB Mixer is supposed to work with Audacity, and if the USB mixer I am using is causing problem with low volume playback.
Equipment: Audacity 2.1.0, Compaq Presario 32 bit tower computer with Vista platform. Presonus Audiovox USB mixer, various electric guitars, modeling pedals, mics, Alesis SR-16 drummer, etc.
I am new to using Audacity. I am trying to use it to do multi-track recording to make some very basic demos of original songs. I do want to get the highest quality sound possible and that the playback volume of the finished product be as close to the volume of professionally recorded CD’s as possible.
The problem I am having is that the playback volume is very low compared to the volume as it goes in. Although I have experimented with the effects: amplification, compression, normalization, etc, it is still not getting me to where the volume needs to be. I am running mostly direct through modeling pedals, electric guitar, bass, Alesis SR16 drummer, etc. into a Presonus USB Audiobox mixer.
I am using the Audiobox USB mixer because it was given to me. (I have cancer and am on a very tight budget) Before I got the Audiovox, here is how I assumed a USB mixer worked: The analog sound would go into the USB mixer and transfer digitally to the USB port on the computer. That is not how it works with the Audiobox.The sound comes out analog from Left and Right outputs on the back of the Audiovox. I’m wondering if this is the problem and that other USB mixers work in the manner I described above. Maybe a USB mixer such as the Berhinger 302 would work better) I was just wondering if others have run into this same problem and if anyone out there can give me some advise.
I read a blog on the forum that said one could export the final project and then normalize and re-import and the volume would be louder. I didn’t really understand since I haven’t gotten that far with the project. I am trying to keep everything to wave files at this time.