Recording

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hmtoggle_arrow1 Recording Is Not Working!

 

You can play audio, but you can't record anything!  There can be many reasons why this is not working.  Here are a few:

 

1.Make sure your hardware/microphone/guitar is plugged in properly!

2.Make sure that you are arming the correct input/source.

3.Make sure that the armed track's recording level is turned up.

4.Try recording with a different driver.  Try ASIO, WaveRT and Wave in that order.

 

Always make sure that you have the latest drivers for your sound card.  Visit your sound card manufacturer's website to see if there is an update.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Recordings Are Drifting And/Or Start At The Wrong Time

 

If you notice that your recordings are not lining up properly at the start, you'll need to adjust the offset or start time of the recorded sound.  Make sure snap is off and move the sound so that it lines up properly. You'll want to zoom in for the best accuracy.  Switching to an ASIO driver may help or purchasing a better sound device may help.

 

However, if you're noticing that your recordings are slowly drifting over time, the problem is due to an inaccurate clock on your sound card or sound device.  Each device is made with more or less accurate clocks and not all devices have the same time as an atomic clock, for example.

 

If you have a Soundblaster LIVE, try recording in 48 kHz mode, by switching your Sound Device preferences to use the sample rate of 48,000 Hz.

 

Drift Work Around

Assuming the start of the sound is lined up properly, go to the end of the sound and visually time stretch it with FlexAudio using the CTRL key so that it lines up properly.  Make sure to change the pitch shift mode to "Do Not Fix Pitch".   Once you've lined up the end of the recording, you should be able to go to the Sound tab to view the time stretch percentage that was needed to get it in sync.  (Example percentages will be around 99.995% or 100.004%)  You can simply apply this drift percentage to all recordings after that.  (Don't forget to change the pitch shift mode to "Do Not Fix Pitch!")

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Recordings Are Not In Sync

 

There are a couple of possibilities here.

 

The starting position of my recordings are wrong.

If the start offset of the recording is wrong, you can try the following suggestions:

 

Adjust the sound manually

Update your sound card's drivers if possible.  Check the sound card's website.

Get a new sound device.  Get a more professional sound card designed for recording music, if possible.

Try switching to ASIO mode. or WaveRT mode for better synchronization.

 

 

My recordings are slowly losing synchronization over time!

If after 10 minutes or so, your recordings are noticeably out of synchronization, you may need to get a new sound device that won't lose synchronization.

Always make sure that you have the latest drivers for your sound device.  Visit your sound device's website to see if there is an update.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 I Can't Hear Myself During Recording!

 

Some sound cards or USB devices do not have a way to monitor the live recording.  If you can't hear yourself or whatever you are recording, you can use Mixcraft to play the incoming audio by monitoring the track.  Always use headphones when monitoring to prevent recording audio from other tracks. Learn more about monitoring in Mixcraft.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 New Tracks Are Recording Sound From Other Tracks (Bleeding Over)

 

If your newly recorded tracks are picking up parts of other tracks, your microphone or input device is probably picking up the sound from your speakers.

 

Try using headphones!  No really, put them on... :)    (Don't forget to turn off your speakers.)

 

If that doesn't work, your sound device may have some noisy circuitry.  Go to your Window's mixer recording settings and make sure that only the devices you are interested in recording are not heard.  Mute any sources such as the CD player or auxiliary that you are not recording from.  To bring up your sound card's mixer click the Window's "Start" button followed by clicking "Run..."  Type in "sndvol" or "sndvol32" and press the "Enter" key.

 

Also, make sure you've selected the correct recording source. If possible, it's best to choose a specific source, instead of something general like "stereo mix," "what you hear" or "digital wave." For example, if your recording source is a microphone, choose "microphone." If you're recording from your computer's Line In input, choose that.

 

To choose your recording source in Mixcraft, click on the small down arrow that appears to the right of the arm button on the track you want to use for recording. First, choose the sound device you want to use (you may only have one choice), and you'll see a sub menu with a Stereo Source option.

 

Again, if you already have a specific source selected, your microphone could be picking up the sound from your speakers.  Try turning off your speakers and using headphones to monitor the audio!

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 My recordings are only on the left or right channel!

 

This occurs when your microphone is plugged in to the Left or Right input of an audio device, but you've chosen to record in stereo. To remedy this, be sure to arm a track for the specific input that you want to record from -- either by input number, or by the channel (left or right). If you wish to preserve the recordings that you've made in stereo, just right-click on the clip, select "Properties" > "Channels", and select either the "Left" or "Right" channel. This will turn your stereo clip into a mono clip.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 My recordings are too loud and are distorting! What do I do?

 

Distortion can ruin a good recording, and the worst part is, once you've recorded distorted audio, there's no way to fix it. If your meters are lighting the meters up all the way and the peak indicators are lit, your incoming signal is too loud. There are two ways to remedy this. If you're using Wave or WaveRT drivers, and your track is armed, there's probably a red volume slider available on your track. This lets you set the input level. Level the input level until your microphone is no longer driving the meters into the red. If you're using an ASIO device or other external audio device, you will need to turn down the input volume on the microphone channel until the meters are no longer in the red.