In the last few weeks I’ve been having a mysterious problem when recording from USB sources in Audacity. My recordings sound extremely muffled and compressed, almost as if they were coming in over a poor-quality AM radio. What’s confusing is that I do not experience any problems when recording the same source and source materials with other software such as Final Vinyl or Audio Hijack. At this point, I’ve been reduced to recording in Final Vinyl and importing the .wav files into Audacity. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s certainly not an elegant solution.
Any troubleshooting tips would be greatly appreciated. FYI, I’ve already tried most of the elementary fixes (restarting the computer, reinstalling Audacity, switching between different USB cables and ports, etc.).
Here are the specs:
Source: Music Hall MMF5 turntable → Bellari VP530 Tube Phono Preamp → USB in on Mac Pro running OS10.7.4
Audacity version 2.0
Audio input: USB Codec
Record settings: 44.1 kHz, 32 bit
Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.