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  • gemma Oct 09, 2008

    Hi, sorry I did type up the full explanation but it obviously didnt save!

    I am trying to record from my decks & mixer to my laptop using the recording studio Soundforge.

    I have everything set up correctly - including the connecting lead, and have soundforge set up correctly. The sound on my laptop itself is fine, however there is no sound getting through to soundforge from the decks. I have checked the settings on soundforge and they appear to be fine, and I have tried connecting it all up to my dads laptop - which again works fine through soundforge, but for some reason isnt working using my laptop. I have checked all the volume settings and they all appear to be ok apart from one - the stereo volume (which has the box checked and the volume is right down) which does not allow me to increase the volume. Im not sure if this is the problem, but it is the only thing that I can see that doesnt look right. Im at a loss as I have no idea why there is no sound playing through the recording progam.

  • gemma Oct 09, 2008

    I will check this tonight when I get home, many thanks for your advice - im pretty sure I have done this but will check again and come back to you tonight.

  • gemma Oct 09, 2008

    thanks - will give it all a go tonight and keep my fingers crossed!!

  • gemma Oct 10, 2008

    hi - ok 2 major issues here then.

    Firstly, on my laptop when I click the recording tab, there is no 'line in' box to check, would this be called anything else?

    within soundforge, when I click options, and the audio tab there is no
    'record' tab there. Im using soundforge 8 - does this make any

    No idea where to go from here!!!

  • webbkiddy May 11, 2010

    a bit more info would help



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BTW - This is me Gembo - not a guest,im on my laptop at home!

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Hi - ok 2 major issues here then.

Firstly, on my laptop when I click the recording tab, there is no 'line in' box to check, would this be called anything else?

Secondly, within soundforge, when I click options, and the audio tab there is no 'record' tab there. Im using soundforge 8 - does this make any difference.

No idea where to go from here!!!

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Have you check which input the system is selected for recording it mite be site for the mic not the line in
check this in xp by going to the mixer

click options
click properties
check the box recording
now it should show the recording sliders (check marke the mark the following boxs to see the sliders)
Line in press ok
Put a check in the Linein slider and make sure it selected and turn erup

i also use wave labs and forge and quick basic test if you can record from the mic then its selected as the input

make sure other inputs are down as you will also get feedback from the builtin mic

Posted on Oct 09, 2008

  • webbkiddy Oct 09, 2008

    Just a it more info ,make sure sound forge is selecting connect audio drive as you may have it using some thing else

    Go to Soundforge
    Click Options
    Click Audio
    Click the Record TAB
    From the drop down menu Select the Device Type that is the one for the laptop (could be the microsoft sound map or the sound card thats in the machine

  • webbkiddy Oct 09, 2008

    Ok we have some issue here , have you checked the sound card to see if its instsalled correctly
    Just some question
    Have ever recorded anything on this laptop before?
    what options do you see in recording section of xp (and did you check all the boxes to see the sliders)
    if so what is the slider selected to record from?

    You should have one slider that is for the input your are pluging the turn tables in

    not seeing a recording setting sound forge hmm thats funny to
    we could try recording from the mic in to see if its worrking ok


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