Numark soundcard cant get it to record in Audacity

I bought a Numark sound card cause my PC sound card was terrible. I am trying to dj the old fashioned way and record my set. When i plug the booth out into the sound card and the sound card into the usb it doesnt seem to record right. I changed the setting on my pc to use the 2 USB microphone codec and unchecked what the instructions told me to uncheck. I changed the settings in audacity for the recording device to be the 2 USB microphone codec. I am not home right now but i believe it still wasn’t getting a signal. Any suggestions? I will have more details when i get home.

Numark sound card

Model numbers?

You’re plugging it into your PC? Which one? What Windows – I’m assuming Windows.

We need to build the system in our heads. The more information, the merrier.

I will tell you the USB needs to be plugged in a perfectly running before you start Audacity.


This is my numark sound card,r:3,s:0

I have a windows vista PC 64bit.

this is the back of my mixer,r:14,s:0&tx=181&ty=30

I have a windows vista 64 bit PC. here is the back of my pioneer djm-600 mixer,r:14,s:0&tx=181&ty=30

Here is my numark USB sound card,r:3,s:0&tx=87&ty=31

You have Master Out 1 from the mixer plugged into the Line connections of the sound card, right? Do you have the Phono switch set to Line?

The sound card pictures on the web site don’t show a USB connection. Am I looking at the right one?

Anyway, restart the computer with the sound card plugged in. Then start Audacity. Is the USB device found in Audacity Preferences > Devices > Recording? It may not say Numark or any English words. It will be a USB device that didn’t used to be there.


If all the moons and stars line up and it’s still silent, there is a pure analog test you can do. I don’t have a picture of this, but you can jam your earbuds or headphones into the end of an RCA connector and hear the show. It’s a given that the headphone connector has to be 1/8" and not 1/4", and it has to be backwards.

Unplug one of the sound card RCA cables.

The tip on the headphone touches the shield of the RCA and the tip of the RCA can touch the shield of the headphone.

It won’t be loud, but you should hear something. If you hear nothing, then the mixer is not producing sound or you have a dead sound cable.


Again, the pictures are scrambled, but you should plug the mixer into the Line connection on the sound card on same side as the Phono connection. I swear they have the wrong picture up there.

You know what i have never noticed what the inputs said i just followed the diagram that came with the numark instructions. So you think if i plug my mixer into the line in on the same side as the phono that will work? The other side which you cant see in the picture i think says line out. A mixer should go to a in not an out correct?

Yes there is a USB connection on the 3rd side of the sound card. meaning not on the same sides as the inputs.

Yes. Your connection should go to the Line connection on the same side as the phono grounding connection and phono input RCAs.

Were you able to find the USB device in Audacity Preferences?

How long have you had the mixer? It seems to be a nice one, although I do have one objection which may be a documentation failure. The three-pin male XLR connectors have pin 3 “Hot.” Pin 3 hasn’t been hot since about 1965 when it briefly flared to popularity as the “Public Address” standard. Everywhere else, Pin 2 is hot.

This is the kind of thing that can produce phasing errors in a show.


I bought the mixer in 1999. It is a Pioneer DJM-600. Yes my speakers have and mixer use the 3 pin XLR wires. I dont know what you mean by “hot”?

I am not home but i am pretty sure i did find the sound card in audacity. I believe it was called 2 USB microphone codec. or something like that.

You were right it worked. I plugged it into the line input on the other side. Messed with some settings even though i think i pretty much left them the same and it worked. Thanks for your help. The guys at told me something else to do that didnt work. Thank you