Guitar recording a semi-tone higher - Please help!

Hi Guys
Yep, I am new to recording with my pc (started last week) and after
trying ntrack which I could not figure out, I tried Audacity and
recorded a guitar rythm track and a solo with the first try.
The problem is (and it happened with ntrack as well) that the jam I
recorded was in “B” but when I played it back it was in “C”
I posted a question in the ntrack discussion board and was told, that
“This is exactly what happens when you record at a sampling frequency
of 48kHz and play back at 44.1kHz”
The guy also said it has to do with my soundcard ( A realtek AC97) . To be honest I did
not understand much of what he was sayin (he got pretty technical).
I see in Audacity where you can change the project rate and the sample
rate but even after fooling with them it always recorded a semi-tone
If there is anyone out there who could help me it would be so
much appreciated. And I mean sooooooooooooooooo much :slight_smile:
Frustrated in Montreal, Larry

The other guy was almost right. If you record at 44.1KHz and playback at 48KHz the pitch will be 8.8% higher. So he got those two backwards.

Are you using Windows? Try updating your soundcard drivers. It can be very difficult fixing these problems, and you might just need to buckle down and buy new hardware. Make sure you can return it in case that doesn’t fix the problem.

i know this is a fairly old post but i thought that audacity had a pitch changer in it so even if your sound card changed the pitch you should be able to fix it. i think its in effects (its been a while since i used it and it was only once) and you can tell audacity to change the track from the original say B to C, D, E or whatever you like. It worked for me anyway. the only problem might occur if your recording were not exactly a tone apart then it may still be out of tune but at least it would be in the same ball park key.

it does really make more sense that if you record at 44 KHz and playback at 48, you’ll hear a higher pitch and not the other way round- recording at 48 Khz and playing back at 44 Khz…
it all comes down to mathematics and physics in the end, doesn’t it?
Johnny from guitars101