Echo when recording cassette in Audacity



Question:

I tried two different cassette tapes and got the same results.  There is an echo on the recorder version.  When I listen to the tape via my tape player, or via my computer before I start recording with Audacity there is no echo.  It only starts the echo when I click the record button.  I have the connection to my computer in the in line, not the microphone line.  What am I doing wrong?

Answer:

There are several possible reasons as to why you’re getting an echo when recording with Audacity. As a first step in troubleshooting your echo when cassette dubbing, try these:

1) You didn’t mention if you get the echo problem when you play back your Audacity recording. There is an option in Audacity to play back tracks while recording them – that may be happening here. Turn off those options and see if it makes a difference: In Audacity, open the “Edit” menu and go to “Preferences”. Click the “Audio I/O” tab. UNCHECK the boxes for “Play other tracks while recording new one” and “Software playthrough“. Then try recording again.

2) Make sure that you’re not accidentally recording a track while other previously-recorded tracks are playing. To prevent this issue, close ALL Audacity windows, then re-open Audacity and begin your recording.

3) Make sure that you have the correct recording input selected in Audacity:

In Audacity, open the “Edit” menu and go to “Preferences”. Click the “Audio I/O” tab.

Look at the “Recording” section. This is where you tell Audacity what device you’re recording from. If you have a LIN IN and a MIC input on your PC, you will probably have two or more choices here. Make sure the choice selected matches the jack your cable is plugged in to.

4) If one recording device doesn’t work, try another. If using the LIN IN jack gives you the recording echo, then try using the MIC jack instead, and see if that makes a difference.

5) Finally, there may be a problem with the recording process: Audacity may be picking up the audio from your PC’s LIN IN jack, while also recording the audio coming out of your cassette player’s speakers! As a test, you can turn the player volume up and down while recording, and see what that does to the echo. If this is your problem, step 3 above may correct this.

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5 Comments

  1. Harold:

    Hi Guys …I unchecked the “software playthrough” and it worked for me,Thanks…Harold H

  2. Qua:

    Dido.. I unchecked the “software playthrough” and it worked for me also, Thanks Qua..

  3. Daz:

    I tried all of the above to no avail – however I discovered that it was in fact my audio cable that was malfunctioning.
    I used jack plugs for the first recordings, and for some reason the jack only made proper contact with the cable itself when pulled halfway out.

    I resolved this by just using the MONO cable, which needed no jack plug, and as if by magic, the echo vanished – not just from Audacity but from the PC playback as a whole.

    Hope this helps someone else too…

  4. FURY A.:

    THIS SOLUTION DEFINITELY WORKS TO GET RID OF THE ECHO DURING THE RECORDINGS:

    Turn off those options and see if it makes a difference: In Audacity, open the “Edit” menu and go to “Preferences”. Click the “Audio I/O” tab. UNCHECK the boxes for “Play other tracks while recording new one” and “Software playthrough“. Then try recording again.

    THANK YOU TO THE INDIVIDUAL WHO POSTED THIS INFORMATION UP. IT WAS VERY HELPFUL! THANKS ONCE AGAIN :-)

  5. Omcsesz:

    I unchecked the “software playthrough”, and “Play another tracks….” buttons, and it worked. Many thanks.