I am using Windows 7.
I have updated Audacity to V 2.1/3.
I have a Teac USB turntable and I am trying to record directly into Audacity using that device. Both my computer and Audacity appear to recognize the turntable. In the dropdown box, it actually names “TEAC Turntable USB Audio Codec.” It also names “Microphone (9-USB Audio Codec)” Audacity will not record if I select the Teac dropdown - all I get is a flatline wave. However, if I select the microphone dropdown, it will pick up sound from the turntable and record. Unfortunately, however, the record level is so loud I am afraid it will damage my systems. I have turned the record level down to almost nothing but I still get tons of clipping. I can go to Audacity’s amplify control and turn the volume down which gets rid of much of the red, but I know that I am losing quality. Additionally, when I create a CD from the recording, the volume on the player has to be down to almost nothing or else the sound is so loud it hurts - both my ears and the equipment.
I’ve gone through every troubleshooting guide I can find and nothing has worked to fix my problem.
Can someone help?
Thanks in advance.
Audacity will not record if I select the Teac dropdown - all I get is a flatline wave. However, if I select the microphone dropdown, it will pick up sound from the turntable and record.
That’s strange, but…
Right-click on the Windows Speaker/Volume icon, select Recording Devices, then select the USB microphone. Then, make sure any [u]“Enhancements”[/u] are disabled, and if there’s a [u]Microphone Boost[/u] control on your system, disable it or turn it all the way down.
And if that helps, make sure the “USB microphone” is set to stereo.
I can go to Audacity’s amplify control and turn the volume down which gets rid of much of the red, but I know that I am losing quality. Additionally,
You’re right… You can turn down the volume, but you cannot fix the [u]clipping[/u]. You need to prevent clipping.
the record level is so loud I am afraid it will damage my systems.
If you have a high-powered sound system, you could damage your speakers (or your ears!). But, you’re not going to damage your computer or CD player, or a low-power system, especially if you keep the volume down.
I checked the places you suggested but found that neither the microphone nor the Teac tab have an enhancements tab. I then went to my PC Control Panel>Sounds>Recording Devices, and the same thing was true there. There was no microphone booster. I reloaded both current Audacity and my Teac and the same thing happens. I also have an ION Tape to PC recorder and it has always worked fine. Last night, however, the Tape2PC would not work until I unplugged the USB from the turntable…then it worked fine. Thank you for your efforts.