Am a complete rookie. Just got a audio-technica turntable. Have an old laptop with Windows 7. Have Audacity version 2.1.0. No idea whether I have .exe installer or the zip. I have connected my turntable to the laptop and set it so I can hear the 33 record while it’s recording. Unfortunately it is playing the record way too fast. It is set to 33 on the turntable and 12". Is my turntable malfunctioning or is there some setting I have yet to discover?
Which one? AT makes different ones.
Unfortunately it is playing the record way too fast.
Do you really mean: After I record the record, the Audacity Playback is way too fast? If the actual record is spinning too fast, then the player may be broken. We’ll dig you out of some of this when you tell us which turntable you have.
and set it so I can hear the 33 record while it’s recording. Unfortunately it is playing the record way too fast.
If you can hear it playing too fast while recording, yes, that’s a problem with the turntable. (If you think about it, it’s impossible to have a computer problem where the sound comes-out of the computer faster than the record is playing… The song would be done playing out of the computer before the record was done playing.)
Is there a variable speed control in addition to the 33/45 speed selection? Some turntables have a +/- speed adjustment along with a strobe so you can adjust the speed “perfectly”. Some DJ turntables also have a variable speed control so the DJ can adjust the pitch & tempo.
If you now have an Audacity recording that plays too fast, use Effect > Change Speed… to slow it down.
You have an old version of Audacity. You would be better to obtain the current Audacity 2.1.3 direct from us: http://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows. Then Change Speed will look like it does in the link we give above.
Thanks all. I have audio-technica AT-LP60-USB turntable. There is no other speed controls on my unit.
I will download the newer version of Audacity but I’m gonna wait until I decide whether I need to take the turntable back to Best Buy.
I’m gonna wait until I decide whether I need to take the turntable back to Best Buy.
Don’t go crazy yet. Let’s see if it’s a simple setting somewhere.
With the older Audacity 2.1.2 it wasn’t unusual for the two digital sample rates to get out of step and cause either too fast or too slow. It shouldn’t be that hard to fix. Did the turntable come with driver software?
This is a belt-drive turntable - the manufacturer’s specs say so.
So are you sure that the belt is mounted correctly?
Someone on the AudioTechnica site wrote:
“Got this for xmas and it works good execpt it slows down and speeds back up? is there a fix or would you let me upgrade? got it on amazon thanks paul”
AT replied: “T_hank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Turntable Service department at 330-686-2600 Ext. 5009. They would be happy to help you.”_
And somebody else wrote: “My turntable is playing too fast. How do I fix this?” - with the same AT reply
So it looks like this may be a common fault with this turntable
Yes the software came with the turntable. I will check the belt. When I first tried to play a record it didn’t turn because the belt had come off which now that I think of it is weird. . It will be worth looking at it again more closely in case something is amiss with the belt.
I removed the belt and put it back on as per Instructions and it works fine! I must have put the belt on wrong.
Now I have to learn how to save an album and export it to Itunes. I guess the help I need will be elsewhere on this forum.
Thanks for the help.
Glad you got the belt sorted
Rather than the Forum try these Tutorials in the Audacity Manual:
Have fun with the digitizing