Sorry for all of the questions, but ever since I got two newer Retina Macbook Pros I have had nothing but issues with Audacity and recording Internet radio streams (and phone calls) and I really could use some help getting things working once and for all.
As part of that, I guess I need to better understand sound stuff and how Audacity actually works. (In the past, Audacity was simply “plug-and-play” on my oldest MacBook pro, but not so much so on my newer MBPs…)
So tonight I am recording an Internet radio to see how things working on Retina MBP #2 and I noticed something interesting…
When I record the stream, the amplitude (?) of the blue waveform is only at 0.5 (whatever units) yet the “vloume meter” (??) is peaking in the yellow and sometimes red.
First off, as I learn more about audio, I hear everyone talk about things like “-6dB” and yet I don’t know what units or the significance of the whol -1.0 to +1.0 scale is when I record.
Can someone explain that to me?
And back to my OP, why is the waveform not very high yet Audacity makes it look like it is clipping?
And when I play things back, the recording sounds much louder than the blue waveform indicates.
Again, on my ancient MacBook Pro I don’t have any of these issues, but my OS is so old that my old Mac no longer works with websites and stuff, so I gotta get my newer MacBook Pros working so I can decomission my old MBP.