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Old 01-01-2005, 09:27 PM   #1
Tha relliK
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Line in recording with Audacity

I'm trying to do my grandfather a favor. He's got about 3,000 tape casettes he wants to digitize. I got a tape player hooked up to the line in port and I'm trying to record it into audacity. Now I got the recording part all done. Installed Audacity and such. But the problem I'm facing is I'm getting a really strange clicking noise in all of the recordings. I don't get the clicking noise when I play the tapes in real time. I'm going from a line in stereo input from AC adapters. It shouldn't be the tape player it's about a $200 SONY tape player. And it's fairly new, just a couple of years. The sound card I'm using is a built-into-the-mother-board soundcard so it's a piece of junk. But I don't think that's the problem either. If that was so then it would have the clicking noise when I play the tape in real time. NOT just when I playback the recording. I've tried to see if the clicking noise is not just the recording by enabling the playback function in real time while I was recording, meaning I can listen to the line in input and the recording playback all at the same time. Same effect, still the clicking. Once I stop recording and only the line in real time audio is playing, the clicking stops.

WHAT'S GOING ON?!?! haha
Old 01-01-2005, 10:07 PM   #2
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Just an idea, why don't you try something besides Audacity to see if it is Audacity. I have had that problem a little bit too, I forget when and how I fixed it though. You might also want to test to see if it is the tape player boy connecting the line out to a microphone jack in some other type of hardware. If you can bring it down to only the sound card, then you know you need a new sound card.

Old 01-02-2005, 06:49 AM   #3
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True...but here's the thing. I tried the Mic jack in the soundcard and got the same problem. I don't know what other program other than Audacity that would fulfill my purpose. All I'm trying to do is convert tapes to CD's or digitally record them and start a Archive for my grandfather.


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