Hi. Hope you can help. I just got a new PC – HP Envy TE01-0034. On my previous PC, I used line in to record multi-tracks on Audacity but had to get a USB interface for this one. Based on posts I read from people here, I got the UCA202. Loaded it up today, made sure it was set to 2-Stereo 44100 in Windows 10. It’s recognized by Audacity.
Here’s my set up – instrument > Yamaha MG06x mixer > UCA202 > PC. I have lines going from my mixer’s Stereo Out to input on the UCA202. I have nothing plugged into output on the UCA202 because my computer audio goes through a stereo sound system I use to listen and for monitoring. It provides a great surround sound and it’s been set up that way since I started using Audacity 9 years ago.
The problem started when I was setting up the latency test for the UCA202. Rather than record a copy of the generated rhythm track, the second track began recording below at the end of the generated rhythm track. Not the way it’s supposed to work - even after I set the UCA202 as the output device for the latency test. So I tried to guess on the latency, but that didn’t work well. The problem is when I play the keyboard, for instance, the sound that comes through my headphones is about a half second behind when I actually strike the key. (Of course, when I listen thru the phones on the UCA, it’s perfect).
The other issue is that I can’t hear anything unless I turn software playthrough on. So, I can hear when I record – again, though, with the lag or latency. And again, only when software playthrough is clicked. But I can’t hear when I’m just playing along with a track no matter my settings. Click the monitor icon, nothing.
So, here’s my audio set up in Audacity:
Audio Host: MME
Recording Device: Microphone (USB Audio CODEC) 2-Stereo Recording Channels
Playback: Speakers (Realtek Audio)
In Recording Preferences: All Options at the top are checked.
Speakers: Realtek Audio
Input device: Microphone (USB Audio CODEC)
I know people, including even some of the moderators here, use the UCA202, and my system is new and pretty straightforward, so I wouldn’t think this would be a huge issue. So, I’m hoping you can help me, a.) do a proper latency test and b.) be able to record and just play (monitor) while listening through my sound system as I’ve been doing for years.