Record directly into Audacity from external audio recorder.

How do I get it so I can play a recorder that’s plugged into my iMac and then Audacity records the audio as it’s being played? And how do I get it so I can hear it playing as I record it?

I got two different options to try. UCA202, which is right next to the recorder, and a Male to Male Cable, which are what the two cables are above the recorder and UCA202.

Apple 10.11.6
Audacity 2.0.6
dmg installer or the zip, I have no idea. It was a few years ago that I downloaded it.
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I’d use the UCA202. You’ll need adapter cables to get to dual RCA. You can listen to the UCA202 by putting your headphones into the headphone socket and switch to Monitor.

You can listen to the Mac by setting Audacity to Playthrough.

Audacity > Preferences > Recording. (I think…)

Those two sounds will be off time. The sound from the Mac will be late because of digitizing time. It’s not broken.



Cant you send the recorded file to the mac then import it into audacity?

Do you have a connection that looks like the one on the left?

If you do, then yes. If you don’t, then you have between 20% and 30% chance of being able to force your Mac to accept a stereo connection. If it’s a newer Mac. 0%.

Many more people want a headset connection for Skype, iChat, Games, etc, etc than want to transfer cassettes. So the Stereo Line connection has been phased out. Under certain conditions with special adapters and a dollop of luck, you can get a newer Mac to accept distorted mono music.

The UCA202 method always works.

I do have a newer Mini. Those still have stereo line in and out.
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A couple of years ago, I bought a new but older design Mac specifically to get that connection.


Thanks. Now I got it working. I can hear it if I have both '‘Start Monitoring’ and ‘Software Playthrough’ selected.

For the device, recording has to be set to USB Audio CODEC. If you plug it in after you open Audacity, you have to close Audacity and re-open it, and then it’ll show up as an option.

That would be using the UCA-202 and not the analog connection, yes.

You only need to click “Start Monitoring” if you want to listen without recording.