Hello, I’ve recorded stuff using my piano and audacity before, and any distortion has always been able to be removed simply by reducing the input levels/microphone levels. However, today I wanted to record something again using the same equipment/techniques but whenever I record I get extremely bad distortion and this weird echo effect through playback and I have absolutely no idea why. Putting the input levels of the microphone down the the bare minimum only makes it quieter, the distortion does not improve.
I use a jack to jack cable connected from one of the headphone ports in my piano to the line-in port in my laptop to record directly into audacity. In order to hear myself play, I plug my headphones into the other headphone port that’s in the piano. This method has worked for me before very well, so I don’t know why suddenly it’s failing me. I tried using a different piano, different headphones, re-installing the software but nothing so far works… if someone knows what’s causing this problem could they please help me out as I’m eager to get back to recording again.
I made a short demo of what this bizarre effect sounds like. I’m playing the C arpeggio just once, the second time you hear it is the echo effect.