Recording far too loud...

I have a Innovative Technology USB turntable Model ITUT-400 which came with an early version of Audacity on CD. I downloaded the latest version to use when I encountered problems, but the problems remain. All I want to do is convert my albums to MP3, so I am not familiar with all that a program such as Audacity can do.

I am running Windows 7.

My only issue is that my MP3 comes in too loud, with distortion due to the high volume. I have the mic set as close to zero as I can get it, but it still maxes out the wave heights on the visual indicator unless the recording is extremely quiet. (some classical pieces, for instance)

Any rock recording is impossible to listen to on the MP# after the process.

I am aware that, as someone who has no experience with Audacity I am probably making some very basic mistake, but I would appreciate any help anyone give me.


Make sure any Windows [u]Enhancements[/u] are disabled.

No harm checking, but recording enhancements are almost never available for plug and play USB devices that use standard Windows USB Audio Class drivers, only for built-in microphone and the built-in sound device’s external microphone.

Sorry to ask, but you are choosing the USB Audio CODEC for the turntable as the Recording Device in Audacity’s Device Toolbar, aren’t you? Connecting the turntable to a mic port will likely result in the excessive input volume you describe. Do Transport > Rescan Audio Devices in Audacity if you don’t see the USB Audio CODEC.

See Recording with USB turntables or USB cassette decks - Audacity Manual.