Downloaded the latest version on my Windows 7 laptop. I have a cassette capture player that is connected to the USB
Aiming to convert some old cassettes to MP3 and al started ok
Did a quick test yesterday and all worked ok-and ended up with a test Mp3 of the Kinks…could have been better quality-but just wanted to get something down.
But today when trying to record…the cassette is playing fine as I can hear in the headphones ok -but the sound through my laptop speakers is ridiculously fast…and records fast also…so when I playback a test mp3 is just sounds like the smurfs playing.
Also the audio position (at bottom) and timing of the track on the main view is taking about 2 -3 seconds to complete 1 second in real time!
Not sure if this makes sense to anyone?
Obviously some settings have changed but cannot work out what !
Please give us your full version number of Audacity (all three numbers, see the pink panel at the top of the page). We ask because not all sites where you can download Audacity actually have the latest version, which is currently 2.1.2.
Here is a screenshot of when I am recording…the cassette is playing-as I can hear in headphones…but nothing on Audacity-no levels or sound…and it says recording at the bottom but the time counters at the bottom are unmoved and stay on 0.000
Your screenshot shows you’ve selected “Microphone Array USB” as your recording device. That might be OK, because Windows doesn’t always know what kind of USB device you have. But, are there any other USB choices? It also looks like it’s greyed-out, so maybe nothing is actually selected???
And, you might try Direct Sound instead of MME.
And, make sure to plug-in the USB before you start Audacity.
Back to the original problem… In the digital domain, speed is related to the sample rate (44.1kHz, etc.). Small speed errors are not unusual because every soundcard/device has its own clock and no clock is perfect. But these small errors are usually only noticed by musicians when there is a slight pitch-shift.
Big speed errors are very rare and it’s usually a driver problem were the hardware, driver, and application are not properly communicating the correct sample rate.
Aiming to convert some old cassettes to MP3 and al started ok…
…could have been better quality-but just wanted to get something down.
I hope you can solve your recording problems, and I usually say this when people are digitizing vinyl records, but if you’re concerned about quality, buy the CD or the MP3! (if it’s available digitally)
You can do a certain amount of clean-up noise reduction, EQ, etc., but you rarely end with something that sounds as good as a digital “original”. The Kinks were probably recorded on analog tape, but it was studio-quality reel-to-reel tape.
The USB selection is the only one available (was the same one as when it was working ok) earlier in the week.
It is recording but so so slow…seems to take minutes to record 1 minute (while the cassette play correctly)-no sound coming out of the laptop…is there a mute button I may have clicked somewhere?-and still no levels on the EQ at the top…
It is recording but so so slow…seems to take minutes to record 1 minute (while the cassette play correctly)-
I’m not sure what you’re trying to say…
It takes 3 minutes to record a 3-minute song. The data comes-out of the USB connection at the same rate as the analog audio (except for a few milliseconds of buffering). If you’re recording after the song is over, you’re recording silence or you’re recording the next song.
Or, if you right-click the Windows Speaker/Volume Icon and go to Recording Devices, and then select the USB device, there should be an option to “Listen to this device”, and you should be able to hear it without running Audacity.
Make sure you connected the EZCap before you launched Audacity.
Have you tried setting Audacity project rate bottom left to 48000 Hz as I suggested?
The only way you might be able to fix this with settings is to adjust sample rates. Right-click over the speaker icon by the system clock, then choose “Recording Devices”. Right-click over the EZCap device (“Microphone array (USB PnP)” if it is really called that) then choose “Properties”. Then click the “Advanced” tab. What sample rate (Hz) does it say in “Default Format”? Try setting it to 44100 Hz then use 44100 Hz project rate in Audacity.
If adjusting sample rates does not help, you may have to accept the device is broken. They only cost a few dollars to make. Can you return it?
Close Audacity, then run the installer again and watch for the option to “Reset Preference”. Select that option and continue the installation.
When the installation is complete, launch Audacity and when prompted, confirm that you wish to reset preferences.
When switching to Microphone on recording device…Audacity works fine and records my voice perfectly-with levels showing on the EQ.
However when i select USB device…doesn’t record and no levels show up!
This leads me to think…either
a-the lead from the cassette has broken
or b-the system (soundcard whatever you want to call it) is not reading correctly the USB device.
How can I check that the USB is being “read” correctly by my laptop-It says it has installed correctly when doing a right button click on devices on My Computer,does that confirm all is ok? But then how can it be intstalled correctly if the lead is broken!!!