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Re: Can Audacity Remember a Microphone?

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:59 pm

cyrano wrote:And most of today's desktops are portables in disguise.

Do you make this stuff up as you go along?
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Re: Can Audacity Remember a Microphone?

Permanent link to this post Posted by ericcartman » Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:34 pm

steve wrote:
ericcartman wrote:Exact steps :
1. Finish recording.
2. Close the laptop
3. Unplug the microphone
4. Plug in the microphone again
5. Open the laptop


Where does "Launch Audacity" figure in that?

If you Quit audacity between steps and 2, and launch Audacity after step 5 (after allowing a few moments for the USB device to be enabled by the computer), then Audacity should select the same device that you were using previously.

If Audacity was left open at step 2, then it's a race between Audacity starting and the USB device being ready. If Audacity wins the race, then it won't be able to use the USB device. In this case, rescan audio devices (Transport menu), then reselect the USB device in the device toolbar.


steve, I did that in response to Koz's advice on page 1 of this thread
"And you can eliminate all the steps by playing Order of Appearance.

Close the laptop and/or sleep with the microphone connected. Then disconnect it.

~time passes~

Connect the microphone first. The USB light may flash while the Mac figures out what's going on. Wait for it to come on steady (you'll get a feel for how long that is—usually seconds). Then open the laptop. If Audacity is still running, it should have your microphone mounted and ready. No steps, no dance.

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so in answer to your question, in this sequence Audacity is always open.
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Re: Can Audacity Remember a Microphone?

Permanent link to this post Posted by cyrano » Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:40 pm

steve wrote:
cyrano wrote:And most of today's desktops are portables in disguise.

Do you make this stuff up as you go along?


No Steve, I repair serious computers at component level. Most consumer grade computers these days, come with chipsets for laptops, to save power and to make the computer cheaper, lighter and/or thinner. Apple, fi only has one machine left that doesn't use portable chipsets, that's the Mac Pro.

A true oldfashioned desktop might still have other chipsets, but I don't get too much of those as their owners junk them before even considering repair.
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Re: Can Audacity Remember a Microphone?

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:53 pm

Correct. I intentionally never closed Audacity, just put it to "sleep" with the rest of the machine at lid close. In that sequence, Audacity doesn't "become conscious" again until after the Mac has become aware of the microphone. Only we know that there was an interval where the microphone was not connected.

I did notice that if you fail to wait for the microphone to become mounted, this process will fail, so there is that one awkward interval and you have to pay attention.

It's not jam the microphone in and flip the lid open. That's not going to work.

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Re: Can Audacity Remember a Microphone?

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:04 pm

That satisfies your requirement of the simplest path with the fewest steps. If you start closing Audacity....Ummm. That's harder.

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Re: Can Audacity Remember a Microphone?

Permanent link to this post Posted by ericcartman » Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:36 am

kozikowski wrote:Correct. I intentionally never closed Audacity, just put it to "sleep" with the rest of the machine at lid close. In that sequence, Audacity doesn't "become conscious" again until after the Mac has become aware of the microphone. Only we know that there was an interval where the microphone was not connected.

I did notice that if you fail to wait for the microphone to become mounted, this process will fail, so there is that one awkward interval and you have to pay attention.

It's not jam the microphone in and flip the lid open. That's not going to work.

Koz


Hi thank you koz. Then I haven't misunderstood. The way I assessed whether there Mac had become aware of the microphone was by when the led on the mic lit up. Maybe this is still too soon ? I'll try it again leaving a longer interval before opening the top.
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Re: Can Audacity Remember a Microphone?

Permanent link to this post Posted by ericcartman » Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:38 am

kozikowski wrote:That satisfies your requirement of the simplest path with the fewest steps. If you start closing Audacity....Ummm. That's harder.

Koz


Yes This would be perfect. I actually tend to like leaving Audacity open if I can help it.
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Re: Can Audacity Remember a Microphone?

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:22 pm

This would be perfect.

Which this? I said two different things.

If you leave Audacity running and close your lid with the order I posted, I expect that to work. I can try that on my more modern Air and see how it goes. I did notice my USB light flashes twice, not just once. I suspect the first one is the presence of connection and the second one is the actual mount.

I'll time it. Also, I'm not using a microphone. I'm using a UCA-202 USB device, also by Behringer. I have a Behringer UM2 which is a USB/analog microphone adapter. I guess that's closer to what you have. It looks like a microphone to the system.

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Re: Can Audacity Remember a Microphone?

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:27 pm

I'm doing this on a 2011 series MacBook Pro I bought in 2012. The Air is six months old, but my impression is they haven't changed anything about it since It was designed. It has a poorer display than the MBP, but weighs a fraction.

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Re: Can Audacity Remember a Microphone?

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:28 pm

Which machine have you got?

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