(Computer specs below)
I play African hand drums and wanted to hook up a piezo miked practice pad Through an Alesis D4 drum module and into Audacity so I can hear or record myself playing along with an MP3 file.
Signal from Alesis plays fine through its headphone jack, so signal is exiting Alesis from MIDI-OUT via MIDI-to-USB cable adapter into USB port in back of desktop.
Default recording device is - Stereo Mix, Realtek High Definition Audio. The Realtek Audio Manager shows Stereo Mix as a Tab, so the Realtek built in sound card sees the Win 7 Stereo Mix device. Win 7 Volume Mixer shows Stereo Mix device, however when Volume is increased above 40%, runaway feedback occurs.
To see if the problem is in the Audacity setup, I tried to record with Windows Recorder, but it does not record the Alesis signal so I assume the problem is with a Win 7 device setting
Needless to say, Audacity records nothing even tho Stereo Mix is selected in the Recording Device box. Audio Host is MME. No signal is seen on the Record Volume meter when trying to record. I’ve read many help and FAQ files, but there seem to be so many variables and work arounds that it’s not making sense to me.
Is Audacity the best program for what I want to do or can anyone suggest another mixer program.
Audacity Version = 2.1.0
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Model GA-990FXA-UD3
System Type x64-based PC
Processor AMD FX™-6100 Six-Core Processor, 3300 Mhz, 6 Core(s), 6 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Award Software International, Inc. F6, 3/30/2012
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 7.98 GB
Available Physical Memory 6.65 GB
Input device Alesis D-4 drum module