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Old 11-30-2007, 10:21 AM   #1
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Audacity - I can't control the recording levels


I installed Audacity 1.3.? on my pc. I am not sure of the exact version because I am at work right now. I read a tutorial on Audacity's web site on recording cassette tapes. I hooked my tape player headphone jack to the line in jack on my sound card & set the volume on the player to high, because this is what the tutorial suggested.

I can record, but the input slider in Audacity does not control the recording level. I also tried opening KMixer & adjusting the line in slider there. This changes the volume of what comes through the speaker, but not the recording levels. The only I can control the recording level is with the volume on the cassette player. What am I doing wrong.

I am brand new to recording on computers.
 
Old 11-30-2007, 12:32 PM   #2
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I am actually in the process of converting all my tapes to mp3. Rather than using the head phones jack on a ipod, walkman, etc, it is better to use a cassette deck with lineouts. The problem with ipods and walkmans is that the head phone jack is an amplified signal. This amplified signal can easily saturate the line-in on a sound card and make the recording very distorted. You want to have the volume on the ipod/walkman very low like 15%. The best solution is to use a cassette player with lineout jacks. I picked up a nice dual cassette deck on crap-bay with lineout jack for $25 shipped.

Are you adjusting the mic or the line-in controls?

Audacity is great for processing and cleaning up the tapes after they are recorded.

Keith
 
Old 11-30-2007, 01:25 PM   #3
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When you ask if I am adjusting the mic or line in controls I assume your are talking about in KMix, I have only found one input control in audacity, the slider beneath the vu meters. I have tried plugging into & controlling with Kmix both the line in & mic jacks on my sound card & get the same result with both.

I will try finding a tape deck to try. Thanks
 
Old 12-02-2007, 01:45 PM   #4
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I got a hold of a tape deck with line out jacks & am having the same trouble with it. I have no control of the input levels, & they are way to high. And I am plugged into the line in jack, not the mic jack. Any other thoughts?
 
  


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