Trouble Recording from Cassette Recording Device [SOLVED]

Audacity Version: 2.0.3
Windows: Windows XP Professional

Hi. I am trying to record MP3’s from cassette tapes using this product which I purchased on Amazon:

USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter Capture, Actpe Audio Super USB Portable Cassette/ Tape to PC MP3 Switcher Converter with Headphone by Actpe

I installed Audacity which came with this product without a problem. I was also able to record some of my cassettes into MP3 format. Recently I have been running into a problem which is rendering the process impossible. This is what happens:

I start to play the cassette in the player. The player connects to my desktop via USB cable. I hit the record button in Audacity. Instead of recording the cassette which is playing in the player, Audacity begins to play this crashing sound over my speakers which gets progressively louder and louder until I have to hit the stop button in Audacity and then stop the cassette player. I then start all over with another attempt by first shutting down Audacity and then rewinding the cassette to the beginning and unplugging the cassette device from the USB connection and then reconnecting it. When I start the process again the same problem occurs. I have tried rebooting my system and uninstalling and reinstalling Audacity. Nothing has worked so far.

Is there anything else I can try? If you need additional information from me please let me know.

Thanks in advance.


Thanks for the good detail.

You can get a much more recent version of Audacity 2.1.2 from

In 2.0.3 or 2.1.2, connect the USB device before launching Audacity. Then choose that device in Audacity’s Device Toolbar. It sounds as if you are choosing Stereo Mix, which will behave as you describe if you have Transport > Software Playthrough enabled.


Thank you very much Gale. I really appreciate the timely response. I just tried it and it works wonderfully.