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version Audacity ® 2.0.0 (Unicode) using Windows 8.1 on a Toshiba laptop

I’m trying to transfer cassette tapes to MP3 form using the “Encore Technology” cassette converter from Hammacher Schlemmer. I’ve followed all the instructions to the letter from the manual and the “easy” start pamphlet. There is NO sound! The program looks like it’s recording but I cannot hear it while it records or when I try to play it back. Any tips would be welcome.

You’ll be better off discarding the kit manufacturer’s instructions (many are just plian wrong) and use the Audacity manual instead - see this set of tutorials:

especially this one (if yours is a USB device):


Oh and make sure you are using the latest Audacity (Vn 2.0.5) the kit manufacturers often ship older, out if date, versions. You can get the latest version from here:


Thank you :slight_smile:

I am now using v. 2.0.5 and the manual is quite helpful but this part;

"Operating System Specifics: On Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8:

  1. By the system clock, right-click over the Speaker icon > Recording Devices then right-click over USB Audio Codec > “Properties”.
  2. On the “Advanced” tab, in the “Default Format” section, make sure the drop-down menu is set to “2 channel 16 bit 44100 Hz”.

My computer will not let me change from 16 bit 48000 Hz to the required 44100 Hz.

How can I do that?

If there is no 44100 Hz choice, then use 48000 Hz, but make sure it is 2 channel 48000 Hz. If you get problems with off-speed or distorted recording, set the project rate bottom left of Audacity to 48000 Hz to match with Windows. Otherwise you can leave it at 44100 Hz.