Need Help with Mixer & Recording

I just purchased a Yamaha MG10XU mixer which hooks into my computer. I would like to use Audacity to record karaoke performances, but I’m having problems getting good sound on the recording. Can someone let me know what “settings and preferences” should be to be able to do this. I use PCDJ Karaoki for my shows.


What’s wrong with the sound?

Can you explain how you’re using the mixer & Karaoke software together? Is the house-sound coming from the computer or from the mixer?

If you are trying to record the mixer’s output, the mixer’s USB port should give you a digital audio stream that’s virtually identical to the mixer’s analog output and Audacity should have no trouble “capturing” (recording) it.

Sometimes your computer can get “overloaded” if you’re running another application while recording. In that case, you can get glitches/skips in the sound.

Thanks for the response Doug. I’ll see if I can explain my set-up.

Mixer is connected to laptop via USB. Audio red/white cable coming from headphone jack on laptop into mixer channel. Also have a Turbosound ip1000 speaker with left/right cables connecting to mixer.

PCDJ Karaoki is a separate application. What I tried to do is start recording with Audacity, then get my singers started. My plan is to record the entire session, then edit to separate the songs later.


Audacity can only record from one device at a time.

If you can hear what you want to hear in the mixer output then you should be able to record it in Audacity it you choose the USB CODEC for the mixer as the recording device.

If you are playing tracks in Audacity while recording, you might get the playback re-recorded with some USB mixers, or other problems.


Thanks Gale. I don’t see any drop down that allows me to select USB CODEC.

Make sure you are using Audacity 2.1.2 from

Connect the mixer before launching Audacity, then choose the USB audio CODEC for the mixer in Device Toolbar. The mixer should have “USB” somewhere in its device name, but it will be named the same as it is in Windows Sound.