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Windows 7: Sound Recorded to Computer is Distorted

10 May 2015   #1
graywolf1980

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Sound Recorded to Computer is Distorted

I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit with a VIA High Definition sound card.

When I record from my record player or cassette deck, all audio coming through the computer is distorted, especially if it's a loud recording.

All the Stereo Mixer and Recording levels are set to low. I'm using an RCA audio/video cable with the red and white ends on the turntable or tape deck, and the other end is a 3.5 mm jack inserted into the microphone jack on the front of the computer. In the sound properties, under stereo mix, the level is set to 54. This doesn't affect the recordings. The next selection is the front mic. The level is set to 10 with a microphone boost of 0. At this low level, most of the entire recording has some level of distortion. I record to WavePad, and the distortion is there EVEN THOUGH the waveform peaks are nowhere near the top.

It wasn't always like this, so I don't know what happened. All the settings seem to be correct.

By the way, I hooked up a new 8 track player I purchased last week with the same setup. There are no volume settings at all on the machine. When hooked to the computer, a volume setting of ONE was enough nearly to blow out my speakers! What's happening here?


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10 May 2015   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Do you have a "Line In"? That is the jack to use as its stereo. The Mic jack is only mono (one channel) as the second connection (ring) on the mic jack is for +5VDC that is required by computer mic's.

It sound like the record volume is too high. However, if you are recording from a turntable direct unless it has a built in RIAA preamplifier you need an RIAA preamp to recapture the fidelity of recordings. Most turntables do not have the RIAA preamp built in.

Along with the Stereo Mix level, the level of the individual device (mic or Line in) must also be set. If that is set too high it could be causing the distortion.
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10 May 2015   #3
graywolf1980

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Almost Working Again

Thanks for the reply! I plugged the 3.5 mm into the line in on the back of the computer, and it works without distortion.

However, as I am recording, there is an echo where I hear everything twice. It records and plays like that.

When I start recording, I have to go in to Line In properties and unmute it to be able to record. This is where it starts getting strange. The level in the line in has no control over the volume unless it is set as 0. Then the left channel goes mute, while the right channel stays the same. The levels in the Stereo Mix apparently control the incoming level, though I'm still getting that echo.

Also, the Line In says it is currently unavailable in the dialog box, but it has a green check beside it.

Update:

I disabled the Stereo Mix and changed WavePad from Stereo Mix to Line In. However, all the levels in the Line In keeps going up without me changing them, I have to mute it then unmute it to make the levels come back (otherwise it would stay muted), and I still have that echo.
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11 May 2015   #4
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

The echo problem could be you have that enabled in sound enhancements (wherever VIA controls that).

Stereo Mix is the correct recording device, then whatever input is used is heard.
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