Input for recording from turntable

I’m using a 2014 Macbook Pro 13", Audacity 2.0.6, MacOSX 10.9.5

I’m trying to record into Audacity from an old turntable via a USB audio converter, but the device doesn’t show up in the Audacity audio preferences. There’s no option apart from built-in microphone (that’s all there is in the Mac system preferences as well).

(I’ve actually been digitalising LPs using Audacity for a couple of years, but have just got a new MacBook, and I can’t remember how I set it up before…)

Any help would be appreciated!


USB devices have to be connected before launching Audacity, else you have to use Transport > Rescan Audio Devices in the Audacity menu. However If the Mac does not see the USB device, Audacity won’t either.

Have you tried connecting the USB cable, waiting a few moments then rebooting the Mac, or changing the USB cable? Is the cable connected tightly both ends?


Thanks for the tips - no luck, unfortunately.


Sorry, but if the Mac cannot see your device, you can’t expect Audacity to.

I meant to put this below my previous post but posted prematurely.

Have you verified that USB port is working or tried another port?

Are you able to state what the make and model number of the converter is? Were you using a Windows PC or laptop before? Does the device need Mac drivers?

You may need to buy a new converter if the old one is broken. Mostly, converters on a cable that take stereo line level are not cheap. You may be better with something like Behringer UFO202 which is a phono interface with USB connection.


Thanks for the reply, Gale.

Yes, I’ve tried the USB ports.

It’s a JBSystems USB Audio converter - don’t know a model No. but it’s about 4-5 years old. It didn’t need drivers.

I was also using a MacBook before - but unfortunately I don’t have it any more to see if it still works on that.



OK - did you ask here ?


No, I didn’t - but I will!

Thanks a lot for your help,

All the best,