I am a BEGINNER ...

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I am a BEGINNER ...

Post by thegr8fulman » Sat May 01, 2021 2:19 am

I have a Mac OSBig Sur 11.3. Audacity 3.0.2.
Trying to select my playback and recording devices, but Audacity only gives me the option of my MacBook Pro. I have a Scarlett interface plugged in, a RODE mic, and 2 speakers. How do I select those in the transport? It won't even let me change the settings in "Preferences." I am STUCK! :x

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Re: I am a BEGINNER ...

Post by billw58 » Sat May 01, 2021 2:37 am

The first step is the see if the Mac recognizes the Scarlet.

Go to Apple (menu) > System Preferences > Sound > Input. Is the Scarlet listed there? If so, select it and talk into the mic. Does the input level meter bounce?

-- Bill

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Re: I am a BEGINNER ...

Post by thegr8fulman » Sat May 01, 2021 5:01 pm

To Bill: THANKS. That's step ONE. Yes, Mac recognized my Scarlett interface. I spoke. The input level reacted. Now... how do I choose my Scarlet as input and bookshelf speakers as output on my transport? There still is no option on the drop-down menu for "input devices" and "output devices". It defaults to my MacBook Pro for built-in mic and speakers.

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Re: I am a BEGINNER ...

Post by thegr8fulman » Sat May 01, 2021 5:20 pm

BillW...even when i go to Audacity--system preferences--and try to connect a device, it doesn't allow me to.

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Re: I am a BEGINNER ...

Post by billw58 » Sat May 01, 2021 8:40 pm

Make sure the Scarlet is connected and working. Then start Audacity.

Click on the Recording Device dropdown menu in the Device toolbar. What do you see?

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Re: I am a BEGINNER ...

Post by jademan » Sun May 02, 2021 8:27 pm

Also, make sure Audacity has permission to use the "microphone": Control access to your microphone on Mac

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Re: I am a BEGINNER ...

Post by thegr8fulman » Mon May 03, 2021 8:31 pm

To Jademan and Billw...both of your suggestions helped solve my problem. Amen! Thanks!
NOW...I got an error message when I tried to record a new track, below the first track I recorded. (9986 - internal port error; error opening recording device.). What do I do next?
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Re: I am a BEGINNER ...

Post by thegr8fulman » Mon May 03, 2021 8:39 pm

billw-- The recording device listed is "Scarlett Solo", not specifically RODE mic. Is that ok?

The playback device also says "Scarlett Solo" , not my particular speakers. There are no other options in the drop-down. Does that mean it's not recognizing my mic?

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Re: I am a BEGINNER ...

Post by thegr8fulman » Mon May 03, 2021 8:42 pm

jademan---Yes, Audacity has access to my mic. But....now an error code is freezing me up from proceeding with recording.

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Re: I am a BEGINNER ...

Post by billw58 » Mon May 03, 2021 10:57 pm

thegr8fulman wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 8:39 pm
billw-- The recording device listed is "Scarlett Solo", not specifically RODE mic. Is that ok?
Yes. The Mac and thus Audacity recognize the interface. You could plug any mic into the Solo.

I'm looking for someone else to chime in on the PortAudio error message. In the meantime, what happens if you choose your internal Mac speakers as the playback device?

-- Bill

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