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Audio recording help.

Asked by XOIIO (18283points) May 14th, 2010

I am trying to record sounds from my piano to my Pc, using audacity. The sound is ok for a little bit, but then the volume changes, and it never seems to capture the full sound from my piano, when I am playing it using headphones. I am connected using a 1/8–¼ adapter, do I need some sort of stabilizer to keep the sound steady?

Also, I need to be able to hear the sound from the piano as I am recording. Can I just re-route it to my headphone jack through audacity, or do I need to get some more adapters?

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JeanPaulSartre's avatar

I’m not quite sure what you mean that the volume changes? Are you recording with a microphone or some other direct connection?

You can get the software to do a playthrough to speakers connected to the PC in the Edit > Preferences > Recording section there’s a checkbox for software playthrough. (I use a small mixing board, partially to avoid using this, since I want to record some things in stereo, but I’m doing more than just keys, so I don’t know that that’s practical for everyone.)

XOIIO's avatar

I am directly connected to the keyboards output with my pc’s mic port. The sound volume fluctuates and souns horrible, sometimes cutting out completely. It is faaaarrr from the quality I want.

the100thmonkey's avatar

I think there is a difference in impedance between the keyboard output and the mic/line in on the PC. There are very similar issues with recording guitars.

Are you using Windows Vista/7? I’ve noticed that the audio stack on these OSes tends to automatically limit volume (at least in output).

There’s more information here. You may need one of these.

Let us know how you get on!

JeanPaulSartre's avatar

Yeah – mic in on PCs are notorious for not working well with instruments. I’d say try @the100thmonkey‘s suggestion or use a small USB sound adapter like this (probably cheaper on Amazon or locally.) – or use a good microphone.

XOIIO's avatar

I’m going to look around a few stores for a USB audio adapter.

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