Audacity and Surface 4 Laptop

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JDM111er
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Audacity and Surface 4 Laptop

Post by JDM111er » Mon May 03, 2021 11:08 pm

I’ve used Audacity on several computers. However, I have a new Surface 4 Laptop and can’t seem to connect the two. I’m not getting any “Line In” once I connect the USB cable. I tried reinstalling Audacity but, no luck. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Audacity and Surface 4 Laptop

Post by Trebor » Tue May 04, 2021 2:07 am

JDM111er wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 11:08 pm
... I’m not getting any “Line In” once I connect the USB cable ...
Windows can hide unused audio devices,
and can have a (user set) preference (default) for a particular audio device.
https://www.howtogeek.com/271285/how-to ... n-windows/

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Re: Audacity and Surface 4 Laptop

Post by DVDdoug » Tue May 04, 2021 2:14 am

You might not see "line-in" but you should see "USB... something", or maybe the name of the device.

Also, plug-in the USB device before you start Audacity.

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Re: Audacity and Surface 4 Laptop

Post by steve » Tue May 04, 2021 10:42 am

JDM111er wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 11:08 pm
I’m not getting any “Line In” once I connect the USB cable.
Ensure that you have given Audacity permission to access the "microphone". (In the Windows Permissions settings, Microsoft use the word "microphone" to mean "all audio input devices").
9/10 questions are answered in the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

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Re: Audacity and Surface 4 Laptop

Post by JDM111er » Tue May 04, 2021 11:27 am

Thank you for eye assistance.
I disabled all other options and can’t configure or add new options.
Audacity has access.

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Re: Audacity and Surface 4 Laptop

Post by steve » Tue May 04, 2021 12:49 pm

JDM111er wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 11:27 am
I disabled all other options and can’t configure or add new options.
What audio input (recording) and outputs (playback) does Windows say are available?
9/10 questions are answered in the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

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Re: Audacity and Surface 4 Laptop

Post by jademan » Wed May 05, 2021 12:09 pm

JDM111er wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 11:08 pm
... I’m not getting any “Line In” once I connect the USB cable...
And you don't say what is on the other end of that cable....

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Re: Audacity and Surface 4 Laptop

Post by JDM111er » Wed May 05, 2021 11:50 pm

Turntable is directly connected to computer.

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Re: Audacity and Surface 4 Laptop

Post by jademan » Thu May 06, 2021 12:21 am

OK, so you have a generic USB turntable.

Here are instructions for recording from a generic USB turntable: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/rec ... ables.html

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about Audacity: https://www.google.com/search?q=audacit ... nt=gws-wiz

If you have problems that cannot be answered by the above resources, please ask specific questions complete with specific details. Post screenshots and/or detailed error messages. :D

Also, did you read what Trebor, DVDdoug, and steve posted? What do you think of their replies?

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