Driver problem


I have just installed Audacity 2.1.0 on my Asus R510L (purchased in Dec. 2014). I want to convert cassette tapes to MP3-files. When plugging in the tape deck, the drivers were NOT found automatically as described in the manual. Furthermore, when selecting playback device and recording device, it was not possible to select the recommended ones (“Realtek Digital Output (Realtek)” and “Microphone Array (USB Audio Dev)”). I could choose between “Microsoft Sound Folders - Output” and “Speakers (Realtek High Definit” as playback device, and “Microsoft Sound Folders - Input” and "Microphone (Realtek High Defini) as recording device.

I have tried different combinations, but am not able to make a recording.

Afterwards, I tried to install on my old computer (Acer 5749), but encountered the same problems. I guess the problem is to install the right drivers, but how do I do that?


Audacity only makes the audio editor, not the USB tape deck. Please take up any technical queries with the USB device manufacturer.

If Windows does not recognise the USB cassette player then Audacity cannot.

Please follow the instructions in the green box “Detecting USB and Firewire Devices” here It is important to stress that the USB cable supplied with cheap USB cassette decks is often faulty. Trying another USB cable can often solve issues.

When Windows recognises the device, then you can launch Audacity.

Also see this useful page Recording with USB turntables or USB cassette decks.