New user with basic recording issue

Hello there
Using Aud 2.0.0 and Windows 7 & a Audio Technica LP-120-USB turntable
Brand new to Audacity and struggling with getting it to record.
Some time spent already and finally able to get it to play through on monitor only to headphones.
When I turn on the record function two things happen (or one does and the other doesn’t)
There is mighty echo in the headphones
No recording shows up

Been through the manual and while I am not one who has grown up in the digital computer world, I am also not stupid but I have to say that the manual has not been a big success (minor rant).
So… any help from any of you out there would be greatly appreciated. I have about 300 albums that I would like to get into I-phones, cars I-pads etc.

Thanks very much in advance
OBTW I will download the most recent version.

With Win7, you should be on Audacity 2.0.5.

If you’ve been doing this for a while, you know that in order to record internet sound or music playing on the computer, you should set up to record from Stereo-Mix, What-U-Hear or whatever your computer calls it. That’s the last thing you want when you start to record your turntable.

Both Windows Control Panels and Audacity > Edit > Preferences > Devices > Recording should show your turntable as a USB device, USB Audio Codec, or something like that. Some makers even have their name burned into the message. If you see it in Windows but not Audacity, restart Audacity.

You should be able to play a record and press Record in Audacity and see the blue waves and the Red Recording Meters bounce. Forget listening to it for now. Get it this far.

Then Audacity > Edit > Preferences > Recording > [X] Playthrough (select). Deselect everything else.

Audacity > Edit > Preferences > Devices > Playback and select whatever your computer thinks is your natural playback system. This is where I lose you because I’m a Mac elf.


I have now manged to eliminate the echo and produce a recorded file that I can play back through the headphones.
However the recorded volume is no where near the -6 max level recommended and with the input level pretty much maxed out I can only get to say -18.

Consequently the waveform display for the two channels is very close to the 0.0 line.


Even though the sound meters are properly in dB (how your ear works), the blue waves are in percent. 1=100%. Because of that, the blue waves are only present in the loudest portion of the show – generally the portion that needs to be perfect, accurate, and visible for production editing. So that’s why the meters still work on a low volume track and and the blue waves sink into the sunset.

If you have peaks at -18, that may be good enough. You will be processing – suppressing pops and crackles – anyway later and you can make up the volume there. If there is something wrong with the turntable, you may have low volume with high hiss or background noise. You can’t fix that.

When you get one song on the timeline, Effect > Amplify > OK (as a test). Does that sound OK to you?


Is there a gain control (volume control) anywhere on the turntable?