Trying to hook up my PA system to audacity

I’m wanting to hook up my PA system to computer to use audacity and record a sound trac and voice onto that track.with audacity. How do I go about setting audacity and hooking up PA . system to do this. I’m using windows 10 and Audacity 2.0,3 Thanks

Probably the first step is upgrade to Audacity 2.1.2.

Does the PA system have a Line-Out or Tape Out connection?

Headphone connection? If you have to use Headphones, the connection has to not “take over” and turn the speakers off when you plug in.

If it only has screw terminals labeled “G, 4, 8, 16, 32” you may not be able to do it at all.

Let us know.


Yes I have a out and a aux out.

The easiest way is through a Behringer UCA-202 USB adapter.

Substitute your PA system for my sound mixer on the right.

The UCA-202 mounts like a normal stereo sound connection and it should appear in Audacity Device Toolbar as USB Audio CODEC.

Be sure and connect the USB, let it settle and only then start Audacity. Audacity checks for new connections when it starts.

If you have a really old, desktop PC, you may have a soundcard with a blue Stereo Line-In connection.

So you can connect to that.

If you have any other combination, such as Mic-In on a laptop or a Skype Headset connection…

…then there is no natural stereo connection and the Behringer is the best bet.


Let us know.


If you’re intent on using this combination for music, the UCA-202 may be a better bet than you think. I certified it for perfect overdubbing. It has a headphone connection and it will make a music mix while you’re recording a multi-track overdub. You can’t do that while listening to the computer headphone connection.

On other words, without the UCA-202, you won’t be able to hear yourself while overdubbing. If you try to listen to the computer, you’ll hear yourself in echo—and you can’t easily stop it.


Here’s a picture of what it looks like.(see Attachments) The Pa I Have is a old one. A friend of mine who I haven’t seen for few years used to do this but i think he moved and I cannot get a hold of him. We did this using audacity and he an old PA system but don’t know how he did this. Thanks!

We’ll go with the Behringer.

There’s no pan controls, so it’s a mono amp. I would probably start with one 1/4" to RCA adapter and plug it into the Main Out.

Then an RCA “Y” cable to split the mono sound to Left and Right.
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Plug that into an RCA stereo cable.
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And then on to the INPUT of the Behringer.

Remember to connect everything and turn it all on and only then start Audacity.