Setting up Audacity's Preferences


I recently picked up a Allen - Heath Zed 10Fx usb mixing board that I hooked up to my new Windows 7 I3 8gb computer. My plans are to record my own music via a K2600 and a couple of really good mics. I also wish to mix in some guitar and drums as well.
What I need help with at this time is how to set up Audacity 2.0.3 preferences dialog box for this hardware setup. I’m visually impaired using a screen reader called Window-Eyes version 8.2.
Also, I don’t know if I need to download any special soundcard drivers for Audacity, or for that matter for the Zed 10Fx.

Thank you for such a fine product in Audacity, and thank you for all the help thus far!


John Chilelli
Erie, PA U. S. A.

P. S. I’m just learning this forum’s system so please bare with me. Please reply to XXX.

Have you ever used any of the equipment before and do you have any experience with overdubbing? Putting all this together is going to be an interesting challenge and may be a bit beyond a simple editor forum.

One thing you’re going to have to determine is whether the mixer can be used for headphone mixing in your overdubbing sessions.

Plug in the mixer. Then start Audacity. Audacity looks for new hardware at startup.

Plug your headphones and a microphone into the mixer. I assume the mixer doesn’t have built-in test tone. Some do.

Audacity > Edit > Preferences > Devices and see if the mixer is listed there. Select it for recording. speak or scratch the microphone to make it produce sounds. Press Record in Audacity. This is where it gets messy. Watch for the red bouncing record meters and creation of the blue waves on the timeline.

I don’t know how visually impaired people get around this step.