Newbie computer savy but never worked with audio

I loaded the cd that came with the turntable and connected it to USB. The booklet that came with the turntable, the setup options do not match at all the software. I tried to figure it out but I am not getting anywhere.

I am hearing nothing and have no idea what to do.

I loaded the cd that came with the turntable

Makers include Audacity with turntables and other hardware because of the top quality on-line support and its price/cost structure: $0.

Click Help > About and say which version you have.


The latest current version of Audacity is 2.3.2 (just released a few days ago), available [u]here[/u].

There are several tutorials in the user manual including [u]Recording with USB turntables or USB cassette decks[/u].

Like I said, I am computer savy but never worked with this kind of stuff. I’m more databases general keeping pcs running.

Device Manager shows device driver ok.

When I click on the red record button I get
Error opening recording device
Error code–9999 unanticipated host error.

The log contains
10:07:11: Audacity 2.3.2
10:07:11: Error: Couldn’t find symbol ‘AudacityModule’ in a dynamic library (error 127: The specified procedure could not be found.)
10:07:13: Trying to load FFmpeg libraries…
10:07:13: Trying to load FFmpeg libraries from system paths. File name is ‘avformat-55.dll’.
10:07:13: Looking up PATH environment variable…
10:07:13: PATH = ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\iCLS Client;C:\Program Files\Intel\iCLS Client;C:\WINDOWS\system32;C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\System32\Wbem;C:\WINDOWS\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0;C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\DAL;C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\DAL;C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\IPT;C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\IPT;C:\WINDOWS\System32\OpenSSH;C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\Windows Performance Toolkit;C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\Tools\Binn;C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\TypeScript\1.0;C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\120\Tools\Binn;C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin;C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\WirelessCommon;C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\binn;C:\Users\Bob\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WindowsApps;’
10:07:13: Checking that ‘’ is in PATH…
10:07:13: FFmpeg directory is in PATH.
10:07:13: Checking for monolithic avformat from ‘avformat-55.dll’.
10:07:13: Error: Failed to load shared library ‘avformat-55.dll’ (error 126: The specified module could not be found.)
10:07:13: Loading avutil from ‘’.
10:07:13: Error: Failed to load shared library ‘.dll’ (error 126: The specified module could not be found.)
10:07:13: Loading avcodec from ‘’.
10:07:13: Error: Failed to load shared library ‘.dll’ (error 126: The specified module could not be found.)
10:07:13: Loading avformat from ‘avformat-55.dll’.
10:07:13: Error: Failed to load shared library ‘avformat-55.dll’ (error 126: The specified module could not be found.)
10:07:13: Error: Failed to load FFmpeg libraries.
10:07:13: Error: Failed to find compatible FFmpeg libraries.

The software guide that came with the turntable references XP, Windows 7 and Windows great failure Vista. No mention of Windows 10. When WAS this software guide written?

I don’t know what version of the Audacity software is being referenced but the screen shots are totally different and the pull down options don’t match when you find the corresponding item in the current version with the cd and downloaded versions.

I know my way around computers but no experience with audio. The installation guide is seriously out of date and…well…didn’t get me up and running. This really should be a click and point and up and running thing. I’ve seen fairly complicated things be well written in the instruction manual and worked successfully.

Please help me or I will just give up figuring they assume a basic background of audio stuff to use the product and just return it and get my money back. For such well established company, you’d think they’d have a better installation guide (or at least just current).

You may find these tutorials in the Audacity 2.3.2 manual helpful:

The error messages in the log about “FFmpeg” are just saying that Audacity can’t find the optional FFmpeg library. That’s most probably because you don’t have it installed. FFmpeg is only required for adding support for file types that Audacity does not natively support, so it is not relevant to your current issue.

To use a USB turntable, connect it to your computer (via USB) before you launch Audacity.

Ensure that the Window privacy settings are not blocking Audacity from accessing microphones or other audio devices (see:

You should then be able to launch Audacity.
In the device toolbar set:

  • “host” = “MME”
  • Recording device = the USB option that corresponds to the turntable. If the turntable is the only USB audio device, it should be easy to find as it should include “USB” in the name, though it may also say “codec” or even “microphone”. It’s the “USB” option that you are looking for.
  • Playback device = the main output from your playback device. This is usually the main output from an on-board sound card, unless you are using USB speakers or USB headphones.

Please help me or I will just give up

We should remember forum support covers nine time zones…

return it and get my money back.

Not a terrible idea.

Do you have an existing good quality turntable and associated music system? There are established methods of getting that sound into your computer for recording.

If your amplifier has a stereo Line-Out, you can use the Behringer UCA-202 USB adapter. You use the RIAA filters, etc in the amplifier. If you only have the analog turntable, there are a couple of options, the top one with hands-on experience is the Art unit.

A little down the list is the Behringer UFO-202 with no volume control.

Any of this sounding more like what you want?

After you get the sound into Audcity, there are established processes for click and pop removal and breaking up the transfer into individual songs.

What is the end goal? You never said. It used to be burn a CD, but that may not be right any more. There are no sound formats which act like a CD: skip forward or back, shuffle or change song order. iTunes will allow you to create playlists which can do many of those tricks.

Way at the bottom is give up and get the music on-line, usually far better quality from the vinyl noise perspective and enormously faster.


The response helped about Windows 10. I had microphone blocked.

Next question.

How do I just play albums without pressing the red record button?

Just want to play.

Some USB turntables have line level analog outputs that can be connected via an “RCA lead” ( to an amplifier or powered speakers. Does your turntable have that?

thanks for the answers…it’s playing…sounds great.

I press record and then pause it so I can play without recording…

I’m sure I’ll figure out how to use it better now that it’s working…

Ok…I’m done.