| From braxx20
| Sun, 29 Jul 2007 13:49:01 -0400
| Subject: [Audacity-help] Volume in and line in
| Firstly, I don't need to do anything fancy. All I want to do is record some
| radio shows and transfer some LP's
| 1.Changing the input level had no effect on recording level.
| 2. I am connected to Audio line in.
| 3. I have 6 input choices in Audacity - Including mike, line in, stereo mix,
| mono mix, etc.
| ONLY ONE OPTION, stereo mix works. All the others including mono mix flat
| lines in Audacity. Plugging my amplifier output into Mike gives me nothing
| unless I un-mute the mike control and then the volume in Audacity is just as
| high as with Stereo mix.
| 4. So one issue is what is going on here? Why doesn't Line in work even
| though connected to it?
| 5. I can try your suggestion to choose a different output from my Stereo but
| that is inconveniant but I will try to do it if I HAVE to
Before you decide whether or not you need to use a different output from your
amplifier, you need to fix things so that you can actually record from your
chosen source (line-in), instead of being forced to use Stereo Mix because it's
the only input that's working. It is clear that only Stereo Mix is working because
when you connect into the microphone port of the computer, the only way
you can record that input is to unmute its playback, so that you then record
its playback rather than the input itself which is what you want to do.
The answer to your problems is basically already contained in my previous
message, i.e. you need to go into the system Control Panel and try selecting
the line-in input and adjusting its volume there. For example this means
on Windows XP, going to the "Sound recording" panel on the Audio tab of
Sounds and Audio Devices and clicking the Volume button. Restart Audacity
and try to record - the input choice may well still be on stereo mix as the
sound device drivers are clearly more or less broken, if so leave it on stereo
If you can record from line-in, but still get clipping even when you have the
input volume in the Control Panel turned down, then you must try using
headphones out from your amplifier, at least to identify if the problem really
is with a high fixed level from your amplifier. If you still find you cannot
record without clipping unless you have both the Control Panel input level
and the volume level on the amplifier set to near zero, then the inference
is that the input scaling on the line-in is not working, so you must seek
up-to-date drivers for the sound device appropriate to your hardware.
If the line-in input still won't record at all even when it's selected in the
Control Panel, then once again, you need to seek better drivers.
Here again is our link to help on updating the sound device drivers:
If you have any further questions, please ensure you tell us what operating
system you are on (e.g. Windows XP), and what version of Audacity you are
using (see Help > About Audacity in the program). We cannot talk specifics
without this information.
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Tested on: 7/29/2007 8:07:49 PM