On Wed, 2005-12-28 at 19:35 -0500, WILLIAM BOGATAY wrote:
> I am using version 1.2.4 of Audacity on Windows XP. I recently bought
> a turntable that can connect to computers via a USB connection and I
> am having a couple problems recording through Audacity. My first
> problem is that I can no longer select the source of my recording.
The recording source selector on the toolbar selects which input to the
sound device gets recorded, e.g. it selects between the line and mic
inputs to the sound card. This is done in the analogue domain, before
the signal gets converted to digital information the computer can
handle. The list of inputs is determined by what options the hardware
When you switch to a different digital input source, e.g. a USB device
rather than the sound card in the computer, then you will get the list
of analogue sources for that input device. In many cases there is only
one source (in your case, the turntable) and so no options are given to
audacity and the list box is blank.
> This isn't critical at this point because I'm only looking to put
> some records on my computer, but I guess it's something unusual (at
> least to me) that is worth mentioning.
> I am able to record through the turntable despite not actually being
> able to select "stereo mix" instead of "microphone", or anything else,
> as an input. However, the recording on Audacity randomly stops. One
> time it stopped after 7 seconds, another time after about 30, and many
> other times at seemingly random moments. Sometimes the recording
> stopped while music was being played and other times it stopped in
> between songs.
If you go to Edit > Preferences and then audio I/O tab you can
explicitly choose which digital source device to record from. There will
be an option for "Windows Wave Mapper (Input)" and then one for each
device on your computer, so there should be one for the turntable and
one for the sound card, and you can select which to record from.
So for recording records you want to record from the USB turntable, and
can select that as the recording device.
The problem with stopping at random could be because the USB link is
overloaded (try and put it on it's own USB port if at all possible), or
could be because the drivers for the device aren't working properly.
Check the web for the latest drivers and make sure they are installed
rather than the generic windows drivers.