Help with Audacity on Kubuntu 8.04

Rick Knight rick_knight at
Fri Sep 19 20:02:12 BST 2008

Ric Moore wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-09-18 at 19:58 -0700, Rick Knight wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I'm trying to record some vinyl using Audacity and having no success. I 
>> have an Audio Technica USB turntable with line out. I have the line out 
>> connected to the line in on my sound card. I can play the vinyl through 
>> my PC speakers but I cannot get Audacity to record it. In Kmix I have 
>> the record input set to line1 and line1 is not muted. In audacity I have 
>> the record source set to OSS:/dev/dsp, same setting for playback device. 
>> At one point I thought I had it working, but it turned out the mic input 
>> was not muted and the mic was picking up the sound from the PC speakers 
>> and recording that. When I muted the mic and made sure that the only 
>> source was line1 and that it was not muted, I got no recording again. 
>> Recording from mic seems to work while recording line1 does not. Can 
>> anyone tell me how to get Audacity to work?
> Maybe it has something to do with PulseAudio?? Is it installed?? I'm new
> to kubuntu, but over at the Fedora side some of the users had to remove
> PulseAudio when they had recording problems. Me, I've never used it.
> Trouble shooting with a shotgun here, it may be a place to look though.
> YMMV, Ric
Problem solved. I had checked the "capture" device in alsamixer and it 
was unmuted and the level was at 74. In Kmix, the "capture" device was 
muted and the level was at 0. I unmuted the device and raised the level 
and Audacity started working. Not sure why Alsamixer and Kmix would 
differ in settings, but everything is working now.


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