OS: Windows 7
Audacity v. 2.0.1
My question is this – In Audacity, one can choose a sample rate from the box in the lower left hand corner. One can also apparently choose a default sample rate and bit depth from the Sound control panel in the taskbar for whatever device you select as the recording input. If the “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device” is checked, which selection takes priority?
Here are a couple of scenarios to illustrate:
- A sample rate of 192khz is selected in Audacity. But a rate of only 44.1khz is selected in the sound control panel. What happens? Is there downsampling? Which rate controls and why?
- Same question, but the reverse. 44.1khz is chosen in Audacity, and 192khz is chosen in the Sound control panel. What happens? Is there upsampling? Which rate controls and why?
Is it essential to set the rate in Audacity equal to the rate selected in the Sound control panel? Why or why not?
And how are those choices affected by whether you use MME or Windows Direct Sound as the Audio Host?
Thanks for your time. I’m attempting to record and archive the voicemail greeting of someone dearly departed and I’m kind of feeling my way through Audacity (and feeling a little lost in the process). I just need to assure myself that I’m recording at the highest quality and not doing something that would inadvertently affect the audio quality merely because I wasn’t aware of it.
To do the recording, I’ll be using the following:
- Telephone to line-in via 3.5mm jack;
- telephone to mic input via 3.5mm jack; and
- Skype via Stereo Mix.
Any other tips to maximize the quality will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time!