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CiTiBoy 10-27-2010 01:24 PM

Audacity
 
Hi, I am new to this forum but have seen where some info about Audacity is already posted here but none of the answers resloved my issue. I have been using Audacity for sometime but recently the program started recording trash. By that I mean the recorded sound starts out perfectly and then starts going soft and loud, cutting out some music, playing only the voice parts with no music and sounding generally high pitched in some parts of the recording. This has baffled me since it has been so good up til now.
WindowsXP Pro
Realtex sound card
lots of memory both ram and hd
have tried uninstalling/reinstalling to no avail
updated all drivers that would update still no luck
I hope someone can give me some info in laymen's terms that I can understand as I really like to use Aucacity. I appreciate any help.

CiTiBoY:icon_redface:

theRamenNoodle 10-27-2010 02:12 PM

Can you explain your recording process more, or post a screenshot of your project? I have a few theories, but want to see what you're seeing.

Are you running any processes on the audio?

CiTiBoy 10-29-2010 07:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by theRamenNoodle (Post 17433)
Can you explain your recording process more, or post a screenshot of your project? I have a few theories, but want to see what you're seeing.

Are you running any processes on the audio?

I have been recording from the Internet without any problems. Just open Audacity, when the sound starts I click Record on Audacity and it proceeds to record. The first part of the sound is recorded well and then the bars shown in Audacity get smaller and go from small to bigger intermittenly.. where the bars go small it sounds like the music is in a barrel or something. I haven't changed anything on the computer or Audacity to my knowledge, it just started recording sloppy. A screenshot would not show anything of use in my opinion. It simply doesn't record the sound at the same level all the way thru although the sound coming from the speakers never change.

Thanks.

theRamenNoodle 10-29-2010 09:30 AM

How are you recording? Stereo Mix or an audio line from your speakers to your input?

It sounds like your computer is auto-adjusting the volume.

CiTiBoy 10-30-2010 09:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by theRamenNoodle (Post 17447)
How are you recording? Stereo Mix or an audio line from your speakers to your input?

It sounds like your computer is auto-adjusting the volume.

Well, I am pretty sure it's line feed from the speakers, I don't change settings when something is working the way I like why change, right? But, it doesn't matter where I record from, the net or computer, it sounds the same. Not something I want to hear.. :confused: I don't know how to stero mix or maybe I clicked something by mistake.. but something went wrong. I even tried removing and reinstalling no luck. About to give up on it.

Thanks :eeek:

theRamenNoodle 11-02-2010 01:45 PM

I've been on Windows 7 for a while, so I'm doing this off memory.
  1. Open your volume controls by double-clicking on the speaker icon near your clock.
  2. Go to the File menu and then Properties.
  3. Switch to Recording
  4. Ensure that "What U Hear" or "Stereo Mix" or "Wave" is enabled.
  5. Click OK
  6. Now checkmark under "What U Hear" to set it as the recording input.
  7. Adjust your internal system volume as you normally would (ignore your physical speakers).

Let me know if that fixes it for you. This will record much better than running an audio cable like spaghetti.

CiTiBoy 11-03-2010 07:53 AM

I gave this a try but it didn't correct the recorded sound..also I don't have the option to select what u hear. I did enable stereo mix but got the same results. The sound seems to go in and out. I don't know if it would help any to tell you that the sound is RealTech. I don't know what difference that would make as it worked for a couple of years with no problem and now it's not working even though nothing changed to my knowledge. Thanks for trying to help. I am not using any other cables or programs but one thing more is another program I have records also and it is recording the same way so it is something in the system apparently :icon_rolleyes:

Quote:

Originally Posted by theRamenNoodle (Post 17458)
I've been on Windows 7 for a while, so I'm doing this off memory.
  1. Open your volume controls by double-clicking on the speaker icon near your clock.
  2. Go to the File menu and then Properties.
  3. Switch to Recording
  4. Ensure that "What U Hear" or "Stereo Mix" or "Wave" is enabled.
  5. Click OK
  6. Now checkmark under "What U Hear" to set it as the recording input.
  7. Adjust your internal system volume as you normally would (ignore your physical speakers).

Let me know if that fixes it for you. This will record much better than running an audio cable like spaghetti.


theRamenNoodle 11-03-2010 08:20 AM

What programs do you have running? Anything like Skype?

Are you using generic audio drivers, or does your RealTek have some special software interface?

Something, somewhere is trying to auto-adjust your levels. Go through the RealTek interface. In fact, post a screenshot or two of it, if you can.

CiTiBoy 11-04-2010 10:00 AM

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When I click the RealTek icon attached is a screenshot of what opens. I have never tried to adjust this software.

Quote:

Originally Posted by theRamenNoodle (Post 17460)
What programs do you have running? Anything like Skype?

Are you using generic audio drivers, or does your RealTek have some special software interface?

Something, somewhere is trying to auto-adjust your levels. Go through the RealTek interface. In fact, post a screenshot or two of it, if you can.


theRamenNoodle 11-04-2010 10:12 AM

Give me a screenshot of the Microphone tab. I'm familiar with this interface, but I don't remember it well.


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