| From "cristofori" <cristofori@...>
| Tue, 29 Aug 2006 11:26:27 -0400
| Subject: [Audacity-help] manual
| thanks, now i understand your choice of name - it's not
| meant to be used by anybody but the designers -
| how about just plain old copying LP to CD?
I believe you asked how you could print out the Manual which I
answered. We are aiming to introduce a number of "how-to's"
or additional tutorials into the Manual for everyday tasks of which
copying LP to CD will be one. Please note that had you looked
at the relevant online Frequently Asked Questions, you would have
found the essence of what you are asking. Please read the instructions
I have pasted in below, among the links in those instructions are
those to the relevant Frequently Asked Questions and to other
explanatory documentation. Our Documentation page is here
If you have any further questions, please tell us what operating system
you are on (e.g. Windows XP, OS X 10.4) and what version of Audacity
you are using (Help > About).
1 The record player has to be connected to a phono amplifier. Then
you run a cable from an "out" port on the amplifier (usually the
headphones port) to the line-in port of the computer (normally
coloured blue, but check your computer manual). See:
You then select line-in as the recording source on Audacity's mixer
toolbar dropdown input selector
NOTE 1: Some MACs or notebook/laptop computers do not have a line-in
port. In that case check if your microphone port can be toggled to line-in
with a switch, or by changing the recording source in the software.
Sometimes this line-level source is called "mix" or "stereo mix". You can
change to this source in the system sound preferences, or on Windows
and Linux you can also change this in Audacity's dropdown input selector
as above. If you see a line-in option available, always choose that as your
recording source. If you have neither a line-in port nor any way to switch
the microphone port to line-in, you need to add a line-in by adding a
soundcard (or other audio input/output device like a Griffin iMic)
that connects to the computer via its USB port.
NOTE 2: If you are on OS X, the mixer toolbar will be greyed out on
"default source". This is normal, but you need to go to Apple Sound
and Midi Controller and set line-in to be the "default source"
2 Click Edit > Preferences > Audio I/O tab and set both the playback
and recording devices explicitly to your inbuilt sound or the sound
device you want to use. Do not select "Microsoft SoundMapper" on
3 If you want to record in stereo, change the recording channels on
the same Audio I/O tab to "2 (stereo)".
4 Next, set the volume level of your recording input. Right-click on
the downward pointing arrow in the right hand (red) recording
and click "monitor input". While playing a loud part of your record,
adjust the recording level slider on the mixer toolbar so the
recording meters are almost reaching the far right hand side (but not
far enough to bring the red hold lights on). If the recording level
meters are not visible, click Edit > Preferences > Interface > Enable
5 Decide if you want to "monitor" your recording, that is, hear it
played back as you make it. If you do, and you are on Windows or
Linux, open the system sound mixer e.g. Sounds and Audio devices
in the Windows control panel, and unmute line-in as a playback device,
and turn the volume up. If you are on OS X, simply go back to the
Audacity Audio I/O tab and enable "hardware playthrough". If this
does not work, or if the playback and recording devices on Audio I/O
tab are different, choose "software playthrough" on the same Audio
I/O tab, which works on all operating systems.
If you do monitor your recording, we recommend using headphones
as this will prevent the playback of the recording seeping into the
recording itself, which could cause an echo, or the recording to be
6 Create a new Project by clicking File > Save Project As. Start playing
your record then start your recording by pressing the red record
button in Audacity. You can pause and restart the recording between
tracks or sides with the blue pause button, which keeps your recording
on one track within Audacity. If you want to start new tracks or sides
of the record on a new track in Audacity, press the yellow stop button,
then the red record button to restart recording on a new track.
7 When you have finished recording, press the yellow stop button and
save your recording into the Project you started (File > Save Project).
Now the data is safe, you can edit it in Audacity if you want to
(e.g. cut out superfluous lead-ins and lead-outs), or come back to it
later by re-opening the saved Project file (File > Open). See here for
explanations of basic editing processes
8 When you are happy with the recording, you need to export it as an
audio file (File > Export) that you can play on your computer such as
.WAV or AIFF. If you want to burn your recording to an audio CD,
export it as a 44 1000 Hz, 16 bit stereo .WAV or .AIFF file.
This page tells you how to do that.
9 If the record you have transferred into Audacity contains multiple
tracks or songs which you'd like to export as individual audio files
(note you must export individual files if you want to burn individual
audio CD tracks for each song), use File > "Add Label at
Selection". You can use this command to place labels in a new
Label Track at the points where you want to divide your recording.
If you then use the File > Export Multiple command, this will
export multiple files with different file names based on those split
points - see here for instructions:
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