I’m running the latest version of Audacity, 3.1.2.
My computer is running “Windows Home 10”, version 21H1, OS build 19043.1348.
My iPhone is a 7+.
I want to end up with .mp3 files for some music I downloaded some years back onto my iPhone.
I already know how to record streaming audio into Audacity, and export the recording as an .mp3, but I guess the music I need to record is locally on my iPhone. I don’t see it anywhere on my Apple Music account when I log into it on my computer…but maybe there’s a way to make my downloaded album appear there that I don’t know about…if so, that would solve my dilemma.
My computer has a mic input, and what I think is a line input (the manual doesn’t make it clear). When I run my iPhone directly into either one of those inputs and max out the iPhone’s volume level, I can get the signal into Audacity but the recording level is way too low to be of much use.
How should I be hooking everything up? Help!
It would be best if you can figure-out how to transfer the file. But I don’t have an iPhone and I don’t have a clue…
and what I think is a line input (the manual doesn’t make it clear).
Yes, you need a line input to match line-out or headphone-out.
Most laptops only have mic-in and headphone-out. The line input on a regular soundcard in a desktop computer is normally color-coded blue. The [u]Behringer UCA202[/u] is popular and inexpensive. Do not get a regular little “USB soundcard” because they are like laptops with only mic-in and headphone-out.
I can get the signal into Audacity but the recording level is way too low to be of much use.
It should be the opposite… A line level signal is about 100 times stronger than a microphone signal, but in any case it’s “wrong”.
It would be best if you can figure-out how to transfer the file.
At one time iTunes had two prices for music. A lower price tune was restricted to the iTunes player on your device. Full Stop. The higher price was the production price and once downloaded, you could listen all you wanted, and also drag the music into your desktop and do mixing or production with it. It was also higher quality so you didn’t run into compression degeneration (as fast).
Old Macs had a Stereo Line-In (circle with two arrows).
I used that for audio production for a very long time.
This is a voice track recording for an animation movie.
The film people let me borrow one of their soundproofed edit rooms.
Not any more. Newer Macs have no external connections. There’s a joke about using one connection for both battery charging and audio transmission. So you were automatically limited to one battery’s worth of transmission or recording.
I understand the newer machine don’t do that any more. That wasn’t very popular.