I am using OS X 10.8.4
I just purchased a USB Cassette Capture from amazon in order for me to transfer my music from Digital Audio Cassette to Mp3 or iTunes , I installed the cd on my pc and discover there is link for Macbook user, from there i link to the internet and downloaded the Mac latest version of Audacity 2.0.4 on my mac.
I followed all the tutorial and connected my usb cassette capture device by the accompany usb cable, but while the audacity showing recording and the tape is rolling. when i stop, and play the recorded track, the sound is not coming out.
I tried using my voice to record, it was very good and clear from the outside, using the computer microphone and i discovered that it is the problem with the usb connected devices.
I will really like to know how to use this device with the usb connector, because I guess it will reduce the noise interception that come from recording directly through the external devices.
I have tried to download soundflower but it doesn’t give me an option for a usb input or output from the devices preference.
I need to know which other plug-in or software to download that will give me an option for the required USB Devices
I have tried all that you said, please see the attached picture of the outcome on my computer, I couldn’t see the USB Audio CODEC at in all the preferences.
and I couldn’t find the particular audio cassette capture that I use as well.
I hope this will help you to direct me further on what to do
Then you have identified that “USB PnP Audio Device” is the USB cassette device.
So try quitting Audacity, unplug BHS10 (which I assume to be wireless headphones) then plug-in the cassette device and restart the Mac. Then we can eliminate the wireless dongle as the problem.
Then play a tape and check the meters in Apple Sound Preferences. If there are no bouncing meters then probably your device cannot record audio using its current USB cable. If you set up the device in Audio MIDI Setup using Bill’s page and the meters still don’t bounce, then your device definitely can’t record using its USB cable.
So then try changing the cable and try again.
What is the make and model number of the cassette device? Does this cassette device have a place where you can put headphones in?
What is the make and model number of the Mac (exactly) and what year did you buy it?
You could use the headphones out and the Mac input to record, but not if it really is a “mic” input. You could record if it is a “line” input.
Try recording in Garage Band. If it doesn’t record there either, then it isn’t an Audacity problem.
We’ve given you links to help pages. You can find someone in the phone book to help, perhaps, if you are finding difficulty. I can’t work on your computer for nothing, any more than they will.
Thanks a lot for going extra length to help me out. I understand your point very well now. I used my old dell laptop with my portable cassette recorder and an audio cable rather than the USB cable - connected to the microphone port, and it did work excellently.
My only concern is that the tape rolling noise is at the recoding background.
I will get the adaptor and apple headphone to use my MacBook in the future, maybe that would be better with the tape rolling noise somehow.
But I am really grateful that you help me to figure out the issue with my recording.
Please use more words to describe your “issue”. Try connecting the USB device before launching Audacity. Change the cable. Please read Recording with USB turntables or USB cassette decks. Set the playback device in Audacity to the speakers or headphones you are using, not to the USB device.