I used your advice to use Audicity. I copied 15 tapes successfully then rebooted my computer. I could not get Audicity to record again.
So you’ve already used Audacity, correct? You were able to use it many times to record, then after one reboot, Audacity won’t record any more?
The suggestions I have depend on what the actual symptoms are:
Is Audacity simply not running? As in, you start the Audacity program and it immediately crashes? If so, then I’d simply uninstall and reinstall Audacity – make sure you have the latest version (and not the “beta version”) from the Audacity website.
If the problem is that Audacity runs (you can start the program), but doesn’t record, I need to know what happens when you try the recording process. If it’s recording a track that turns out to be blank, then check your cabling and your recording device settings in Audacity (Edit menu -> Preferences -> Device) and make sure it’s recording from the correct input.
Worst case, if you still can’t get Audacity to record based on what I said above, you need to check every component in the recording chain and see what’s failing. I assume you’ve got something like this:
Cassette player headphone jack —> audio cable —> computer sound card MIC / AUX input —-> Audacity
Check each one:
- Cassette: Is the cassette player correctly playing audio through the output jack? Stick a pair of headphones in the jack and verify you hear it playing.
- Audio cable: Use a different audio cable, if available (this is probably not the problem, since it’s worked so often before).
- Computer sound card input: Depending on your operating system, you don’t have to use Audacity – Windows XP and Vista (and earlier versions also, I think) have a program that comes with Windows called “Sound Recorder”. It’s a very simple audio recording program. Get the connections hooked up, press play on your cassette player, and record on this program. If it doesn’t record, you may have problems with the sound card – check the recording levels in the Windows settings.
- Audacity: If it does record audio using a non-Audacity tool, you may have problems with the Audacity recording settings, or there’s something wrong with Audacity itself. Check the recording settings or uninstall / reinstall Audacity.
This should give you enough information to help troubleshoot why Audacity doesn’t record. Good luck!