Hi, I’m very new to Audacity. Windows Ultimate 7 x64 SP1, Audacity 2.0.4
I’m converting cassette tapes to mp3s using an old TEAC recorder using: 1/4" to 1/8" adapter, 3’ male/male 1/8" cable, and a Belkin Y-splitter to connect to the audio card in rear of computer. No USB involved.
“How do I record from vinyl records, cassette tapes, or minidiscs?” “Choose “Line In” as the input source on the Audacity toolbar, or in the Audacity Preferences (Windows Vista and 7) or Apple Audio-MIDI Setup (OS X).”
I connect the cable from the TEAC cassette player to the back of my computer to the blue port (line in) which opens the Realtek HD Audio Manager, and then I confirm Line In. Next I have tried selecting each of the 5 line in options from the Audacity toolbar ( MME; Speakers: Realtek Hi; I’ve tried all the Line (WS-audio) options from the dropdown window; and its set to 2 Stereo input) and then proceeded to Record, Stop, Export as Avi.
The files generated appear to have content, quite a few Mbs, but no sound, after I reconnect my speakers to the green port and ok the change. But if I choose Microphone In, rather than Line in, using Audacity, a file of quite a few Mbs, is created and in this event, there is sound played after I reconnect my speakers to the green port.
“Do not plug stereo equipment into your computer’s “Microphone” port, which is designed for low-powered (“mic level”) signals only. Use the “Line In” port instead.”
So I’m using the computer’s Line in port (not the Microphone port) but an Audacity preference to any of the Line In options doesn’t generate a file which plays back music. Only if I use the computer Line In port and then Audacity’s
Desktop Microphone option, only then is a file with playback sound created. I figure this is less than ideal. Is there some sort of device list that Audacity uses which doesn’t contain the TEAC recorder/player because it’s old? I’m new, so that may be a wild speculation. Thanks for your help, a cyberbob wannabe (Sandra Bullock), Stephen