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    Wow, the great advice just keeps on coming ! Thanks to everyone who has contributed.

    I am going to download each of the recommended applications and give them all a try, because I suspect that in cases like this, personal tastes may be influential in deciding upon the most suitable application to live with.

    If I note anything that is spectacularly good/bad or which could significantly influence ones choice of application, I will report back (and of course, I will keep an eye on the thread, so that I do not miss out on any other useful advice that rolls in).

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    A happy and propserous 2010, colleagues all,

    Referring back to previous posts on this thread, I have downloaded the suite of audio AVS products, including the Recorder, the Editor, the Converter and the Disc Creator (the free version). I am also trialling the Fleximusic wave editor (free to try - $20US to buy, so it won't break the bank), WavePad Sound Editor and a few other items. The AVS stuff is probably the most "professional", though I am very taken with the myriad of button controls and the status bar descriptions in the Flexmusic product. However, I have one problem before I can really get on and that is getting to play the files audibly either during recording (Audacity) or editing (the other products). My input from the turntable is via USB port and presumably uses the USB codec, while the output (to Logitech stereo speakers) presumably uses the Intel Integrated Audio codec. I know that Audacity is receiving the signal becaise i can see the waveform and record it. I can play around with the file using the other products. My problem is that at no point can I set it up so that I can hear the music while I am saving or editing.

    Windows tells me that all of my audio gear is working properly, but what I wonder is - is only one codec operating at a time or do they both work together depending upon the gear attached to them ? I thought the the Audacity monitor might be an audible one, but reading from the manual, it would appear that it is only another visual aid. I am sorry to appear a bit dense on Windows topics, but I left my OS in-depth involvement sometime back in the days of the Z80 and the PDP-11 chips to concentrate on database stuff. If anyone can give me a quick lecture on the connectivity of the audio equipment in Windows XP, I will be so grateful.

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    It's possible that you already are aware of this, but I was advised by a techie friend that Audacity requires a separate LAME encoder file to work with MP3s. LAME MP3 Encoder Follow the instructions for All Users and install the Lame Encoder. Download the lame_enc.dll in a location that won't be disturbed. Audacity must use the file each time you save a recording.

    Go to Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices > Volume > Advanced. In the Master Volume window make sure all your Volume Controls are set about half way and nothing is Muted.

    Open Audacity and go to Edit > Preferences > Audio I/O. Under Playback and Recording you should have at least a couple of choices. You may have to change one or both to get Audacity to record. Also, under Recording select 2(Stereo). In the middle top of Audacity in the drop down select Stereo Mix.

    Just to test, play some music or get a stream going. If Audacity is correctly configured you should be able to record what you hear from your speakers.

    When finished go to File > Export as MP3 and save to the location of your choice.

    Hopefully this will work for you. My MP3s can now play thru WMP so this is great. Just another thing for you to consider. I used these instructions on XP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim_from_oz View Post
    A happy and propserous 2010, colleagues all,

    I know that Audacity is receiving the signal becaise i can see the waveform and record it. I can play around with the file using the other products. My problem is that at no point can I set it up so that I can hear the music while I am saving or editing.

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    Try the suggestions Hey Jude made. Click here for a screen shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim_from_oz View Post
    A happy and propserous 2010, colleagues all,

    My problem is that at no point can I set it up so that I can hear the music while I am saving or editing.


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    Is it as simple as not having the sound turned on? (Double clicking on the speaker icon in the system tray)

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    This is what I have a stereo system for, it does not interfere with my computer!

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Hello again, Colleagues All,

    Apologies for the delay in responding to the advice from Kiwi Keith and June Bug, but living in a resort area as we do, our place tends to become the focus for family get-togethers of various kinds. As well as Christmas and New Year, the fact that most of us are Aquarians and Capricornians tended to stretch the social diary to bursting point.

    First, to Kiwi Keith. If only it had been as simple as a mute setting ! However, your remark did direct me to the Sound and Audio Properties utility and I checked the hardware list. Only my DVD player (the one with the rude word in its name !), the Intel 82801CA Audio Controller and the USB Audio Device had known addresses. Is this significant ?

    In reply to June Bug, here are the settings in my Audacity preferences.

    Playback Device: Microsoft Sound Mapper - Output
    Recording Device: USB Audio Codec
    Channels: 2 (stereo).

    One interesting thing is the the Mic combo box was greyed out and therefore could not be set to Stereo mix as suggested.

    We know that the turntable output is getting into the computer, because Audacity will process it. We know that the output is working, because i can play a regular CD through my speakers. The only problem seems to be connecting this particular input to the output.

    I hope I can sort this out soon as I can already hear the sirens in the distance and I have seen the little men in white coats hiding out in the woodland round our home, coming to take me away, ha, ha !

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