iMac & Audacity

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  1. richardbe macrumors newbie

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    Hi All, a query for you. I just purchased a new iMac running 10.9.4.

    I used to record vinyl from my turntables onto my old iMac (I bought it in 2005) using Audacity.

    The new iMac only has a headphone port, whereas the old one had two ports and I used the non=headphone one.

    I just tried recording via the headphone port on the new iMac and the sound isn't very good - it sounds like the recording has captured everything in the room, not just the record that was playing! any tips on how to do a proper recording on a new iMac using Audacity?

    Many thanks

    Richard
     
  2. richardbe thread starter macrumors newbie

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  3. Lifequest macrumors regular

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    Very niche question. I hope you get an relevant response soon. Just thought I'd reply to let you know that your question is heard, just not easily answer-able. :(
     
  4. JasonQG macrumors newbie

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    I think you'll have to get a USB audio adapter with line in.
     
  5. Antipode2012 macrumors newbie

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    Yes. Do this. Much better sound quality that the old mic-in option.
     
  6. fastlanephil macrumors 6502a

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    Check out the Behringer U-Control UCA222 for about $30.00 at Sweetwater.

    It's about as cheap as they get.
     
  7. richardbe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks to everyone for their responses. Is there any USB audio adapter that you might be able to recommend? I really appreciate your help on this.

    Richard
     
  8. JasonQG macrumors newbie

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    The suggestion from fastlanephil is probably good, unless you want to get something high-end and more expensive. Are you an audiophile? Do you have an expensive turntable and amp? If not, save your money.
     
  9. richardbe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi Jason, yes, the suggestion fastlanephil made looks good. I have two Technics SL1200 turntables and an Allen & Heath mixer with a Nad amp and will be recording mixes from my record collection, so only need an average line-in.

    thanks

    Richard
     
  10. asorta macrumors newbie

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    Best USB turntable

    I got Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable and use it with Audio Cleaning Lab, works great.
     
  11. richardbe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi Folks,

    I ended up buying the Behringer USB as suggested to hook it into my mixer and record vinyl from my turntables, but it doesn't work!

    On my IMac, I went into system preferences / sound/ and changed the input from the computer's built in microphone to the USB input. I also changed the input in audacity to the usb device, but when I record using the Behringer, there is no sound. I would really appreciate some help, beginning to get desperate now.

    thanks

    Richard
     
  12. MowingDevil macrumors 68000

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    Check the preferences in Audacity, there should be an audio device setting there. It will also need to be set to your USB device.
     

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