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Audacity in Mint 13 MAYA Cinnamon LTS

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:29 pm
by Mint4Me@52
I recently installed Audacity from the Software Manager,marked & applied the packages in Synaptic Manager and correctly set up Audacity in it's Preferences
then tried to record some music with no success,no waveform,no sound recorded.
Why when Audacity which is included as a Mint software package does it not work when it works perfectly when installed in MS Windows,not a good start for a
new Linux convert?
Maybe a Driver issue,if so it should not be occurring in a LTS version.

Re: Audacity in Mint 13 MAYA Cinnamon LTS

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:39 pm
by kyphi
I just installed Audacity and recorded a section of music generated via RadioTray. It worked perfectly.

Please tell exactly what you did in audacity to record music.

Re: Audacity in Mint 13 MAYA Cinnamon LTS

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 4:24 am
by Mint4Me@52
]I just installed Audacity and recorded a section of music generated via RadioTray. It worked perfectly.

Please tell exactly what you did in audacity to record music.[/quote]

Thanks[quote="kyphi"
After installing Version 2.0.0(Unicode) which is the only ver available from the Synaptic Package & Software Managers I began playing a piece
of music from my Music folder then opened Audacity and clicked onto the Record button,result nothing no sound wave or music on Playback.The same procedure in MS Windows works like a dream,the Mint 13 is on a separate HD to Windows but it shares the same sound card and motherboard.
The Playback device is Default, Recording device is Default, Channels 2 Sterio, maybe the ALSA driver is the problem?
The built in program in Mint 13 called Sound Recorder or something like that will not record sound either.
The only way to get Audacity to record is to connect a cable from the line in to the line out which should not have to be.

Re: Audacity in Mint 13 MAYA Cinnamon LTS

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:50 pm
by kyphi
I followed your steps and opened a music file first before opening Audacity - the clicked on the "Record" button. Sound waves were barely visible and sound was faint on playback. I clicked on "Effects" and selected "Amplify" from the list. Sound waves displayed and sound was audible.

Next I opened Audacity before opening a music file. It played normally and recorded and played back normally.

Audacity is quite a complicated program to use and reading the manual may be of benefit:
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/

Since the sound is low when you try to record, you could have a look at the settings in Alsamixer to ensure that your soundcard has been selected as well as the PCM level.

Sound Recorder is not available in Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon but I recall having used it some time ago.

Re: Audacity in Mint 13 MAYA Cinnamon LTS

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:56 pm
by Mint4Me@52
kyphi wrote:I followed your steps and opened a music file first before opening Audacity - the clicked on the "Record" button. Sound waves were barely visible and sound was faint on playback. I clicked on "Effects" and selected "Amplify" from the list. Sound waves displayed and sound was audible.

Next I opened Audacity before opening a music file. It played normally and recorded and played back normally.

Audacity is quite a complicated program to use and reading the manual may be of benefit:
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/

Since the sound is low when you try to record, you could have a look at the settings in Alsamixer to ensure that your soundcard has been selected as well as the PCM level.

Sound Recorder is not available in Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon but I recall having used it some time ago.



Thanks[quote="kyphi"
I have tried the" Effects" >"Amplify" and there was no change, when I am trying to record into Audacity good quality sound is coming out of the external desktop speakers.
I downloaded the Manual and couldn't find any help there.
I have no idea where to locate the Alsamixer or how to select the PMC level, I will be at a Linux Users group meeting tonight and will enlist their help using your
suggestions. I think the soundcard is the most likely cause of the problem but it is just getting too tech for my level of computer knowledge.
I will let you know if I get Audacity working, when and how .

Re: Audacity in Mint 13 MAYA Cinnamon LTS

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:54 pm
by kyphi
To access Alsamixer, open a terminal and type in

Code: Select all

alsamixer
and then press Enter. You can adjust all the input levels with your up/down keys.