vinyl to digital via USB turntable

Have just set up new AT-LP120-USB turntable and downloaded Audacity 2.1.2 software. Immediate success with trial recording of a 45 record and converted to MP3, burnt to CD and played back on car stereo. Came back to my system to start conversion of my entire vynl library, but this time Audacity is not picking up the input. No ‘wave’ pattern at all. I have tried the usual power down and reboot. I have reloaded the software. NOTHING !! I am not an IT whizz kid - I am 70 years old and hanging on to changing technology by my fingertips. What am I doing wrong. Why was it working, but not now. I am using a desk-top PC that did have Windows 8, but I was caught out, as were many, by Microsoft upgrading it to Windows 10 without my explicit consent.

Have you selected the USB device as your [u]Recording Device[/u]? You can also try the 3 different Audio Hosts (WASAPI is the newest).

Usually USB turntables will use the Microsoft-supplied USB audio driver so there shouldn’t be any Windows 10 Driver issues (in theory).

Since you have a desktop computer (presumably with a regular soundcard) you can also try connecting the turntable’s analog outputs to line-in on your soundcard. If you do that, switch your turntable to “LINE” output. (You’ll need a RCA-to-3.5mm adapter cable.)

Once you get that solved, if you’re interested in removing some of that vinyl “snap”, “crackle”, and “pop” there is some information [u]here[/u] and [u]this page[/u] has tons of information about digitizing vinyl and links to specialized software for cleaning-up the sound.

This set of tutorials from the Manual should be useful to you:

Especially this on one using USB devices:

And this one lays out the steps involved: