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Larry Lenhart


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Post Posted 2 Aug 2016 5:18 am     Reply with quote

My knowledge of Audacity is limited as I only use it when I converting vinyl or cassettes to mp3 using my usb turntable and Itunes. How can I take a backing track that I have in Itunes and record it to Audacity so I can change the key of the track. Thanks in advance.
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Jack Stoner


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Post Posted 2 Aug 2016 6:21 am     Reply with quote

You have to have "Stereo Mix" set as the default Recording device. Set Audacity to record from Stereo Mix. What you hear on the PC speakers will be recorded.

On many older PC's, Stereo Mix is called "System Mixer" or if you have a SoundBlaster its "What You Hear"

You didn't note what Windows OS you have, but go to the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound and finally the Sound Panel, Recording section. The Recording section is where you set the Stereo Mix as the default recording device.
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b0b


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Post Posted 2 Aug 2016 6:36 am     Reply with quote

You don't have to re-record it - you can import it.

MP3 files in iTunes are kept on your hard disk, and you can import them directly into Audacity. Right-click the song in iTunes and select "Get Info" to see where the file is. You'll see something like

/Users/quasar/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/The Dave Brubeck Quartet/Time Out/01 Blue Rondo à la Turk.mp3

(I'm using a Mac. It will look slightly different in Windows.)

In Audacity's File menu, select Import>Audio... and navigate to your file's location in the iTunes Music folder. Audacity will load it. When you're done processing, use File/Save As... to save it under a different name.
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Larry Lenhart


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Ponca City, Oklahoma
Post Posted 2 Aug 2016 8:20 am     Reply with quote

Thanks guys,,,I will give it a whirl ! Smile
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Larry Lenhart


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Post Posted 6 Aug 2016 5:45 am     Reply with quote

When I tried to import it it said it couldnt import it because the file type wasnt supported...had to be in wav or aiff ? I think i will record it on my tascam digital which will make it wav and then import it into audacity from there and see if that works. Thanks
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Jack Stoner


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Post Posted 6 Aug 2016 6:24 am     Reply with quote

Do you have "Stereo Mix" as the recording device. And, have you tried playing the song and recording in Audacity at the same time?
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b0b


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Post Posted 6 Aug 2016 7:29 am     Reply with quote

Larry Lenhart wrote:
When I tried to import it it said it couldnt import it because the file type wasnt supported...had to be in wav or aiff ? I think i will record it on my tascam digital which will make it wav and then import it into audacity from there and see if that works. Thanks

You might need to install the LAME MP3 encoder or FFmpeg. www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/
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Larry Lenhart


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Post Posted 6 Aug 2016 12:29 pm     Reply with quote

Bob, thanks for that...I will try it the next time. I got the other to work for me, but it was in real time and this would be faster for sure.
Thanks !
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