Converting tape to MP3

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Converting tape to MP3

Post by Sigismond » Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:52 am

With Mac 10.13.4.
After connecting the "super usb cassette capture",
I select USP PnP audio
In "transport", I "recheck the audio peripherics"
I "click to start monitoring"
I start the tape player
I click on "record"
But I get this error message: "error opening sound device, try changing the audio host, recording device and the project sample rate".

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by waxcylinder » Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:17 am

see this page in the Audacity Manual: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/err ... evice.html

And this tutorial set should help you: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/tut ... to_cd.html

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by Sigismond » Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:12 pm

The second tutorial does not say a word about converting tape to MP3

the first tells:
- "Help > Diagnostics > Audio Device Info... should show the rates the device claims to support."
In Help, there are no "diagnostics"/

- Try turning off Transport > Transport Options > Software Playthrough (on/off)
and
Try turning off Transport > Transport Options > Overdub (on/off)

But in transport, there are no options!

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by waxcylinder » Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:44 pm

Sigismond wrote:The second tutorial does not say a word about converting tape to MP3

the first tells:
- "Help > Diagnostics > Audio Device Info... should show the rates the device claims to support."
In Help, there are no "diagnostics"/

- Try turning off Transport > Transport Options > Software Playthrough (on/off)
and
Try turning off Transport > Transport Options > Overdub (on/off)

But in transport, there are no options!
Both of those imply that you are running an old out-of-date version of Audacity - the latest released version 2.2.2 and the alpha 2.3.0 for the upcoming next release do have those command strings. The Manual link I gave you is for the released 2.2.2 version.

You should upgrade to the latest 2.2.2 version which you can get from here: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/mac/

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by Sigismond » Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:48 pm

I still get the same message: "error opening sound device, try changing the audio host, recording device and the project sample rate".

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by waxcylinder » Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:06 pm

So have you followed the Mac instructions in the Check operating system settings on this page: https://alphamanual.audacityteam.org/ma ... und_device

and if so do you Mac settings match your Audacity settings ?


I can see from reviews of your device on Amazon that folk have had that same device working with Audacity: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Portable-Super ... filter-bar

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by billw58 » Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:05 pm

There is also this page: https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Mac_ ... ut_devices

Note that the first step is to verify that the Mac can see the audio device and receive audio.

Be aware that others have had problems with that specific device, and getting "USB PnP Audio Device" to show up in Audacity's recording device menu in the Device Toolbar.

-- Bill

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by Sigismond » Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:45 am

I can choose the pnp audio device and micro.

I can record a mp3 file using the microphone.

I cannot with the device.

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by Sigismond » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:06 pm

One issue is that in the utilities of my Mac, I do not find the Audio MIDI Setup.app.

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by billw58 » Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:28 pm

Sigismond wrote:I can choose the pnp audio device and micro.
Where can you choose PnP Audio Device? In the Mac's System Preferences?
When you choose PnP Audio Device in the Mac System Preferences, then play a tape, do you see the input level meter moving, as explained on this page?
I can record a mp3 file using the microphone.
How do you make a recording of the tape using the microphone? Is the sound coming out of the Mac's speakers?
I cannot with the device.
In Audacity's Device Toolbar, can you select "PnP Audio Device" in the Recording Device dropdown menu?
-- Bill

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