I'm using the ECM-MS957 to record .wav files on a PC (announcements for our telephone system). We're running on Windows 2000, and I'm using the 'Sound recorder' accessory. What I'm finding is that the resulting recordings are very quiet - any idea what I'm doing wrong?
Make sure the recording levels are as high as possible without going into red on the meter at all when recording, if the recording application has a compressor it may benefit to use it, if it does have one then there's probably a preset on it for voice.
If the levels are adequate during recording then the problem lies in the output path.
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The battery may be getting weak. Also, this is a low impedance microphone. If you have it plugged into a high impedance device the signal will appear weak. If this is the case you might try getting a matching transformer. They are usually available from any decent musical instrument store or electronic supply.
You cannot rip a CD directly into the DP-02 using the unit's CD drive.
Your choices for doing what you want are:
1.) Rip the CD into .wav files onto your PC using ripper of your choice. Then you'll have to edit the resulting .wav file using a program like 'Audacity' (which is a free one) and convert the stereo wav files into 2 mono wav files. You'll have to save the mono files with dos 8.3 filenames and then import them into the DP02 using the instructions for importing wav files in the manual. To preserve the stereo, import each mono wav file to a separate adjacent track on the DP02 and then pan one left and one right.
2.) You could play the CD on a stereo and connect the stereo outs to the two inputs on the DP02 to record the CD track. You'll need patch cords which are RCA (mini phono 1/8" jack) to regular phono (1/4") to do this.
Wav files need to be in mono to be imported into the dp-01. Fruity Loops and a most other programs by default save wav files in stereo. You'll need to save the files again as mono wav files before attempting to import them into the dp-01.
Here are some instructions relayed from someone who was able to fix a similar problme with help from Samson tech support:
The C01U is a WAV device. Therefore, adjusting the slider for your default MIC input level on the volume control applet does not adjust the gain on the C01U. You access the actual volume control for the C01U as follows:
Start, Settings, Control Panel, Sounds and Audio Devices
Click on Audio tab.
Under "Sound Recording", insure that Default Device is selected as Samson C01U.
Once Samson C01U is selected as Default Recording Device, click on the Volume button just below the name. A new window will pop up, with a vertical slider. This window will be labelled "WAVE IN", however it actually does control the MIC volume for the C01U.
The key here seems to be that the USB device that represents the Microphone input (as far as Windows is concerned) is not a traditional microphone, but (as mentioned above) a WAV-IN device.
I don't believe any software comes with the DP-01. After you record your tracks, you have to "export" them to your FAT drive. Once they are on your FAT drive, you will be able to see them using Windows Explorer. Your Tascam shows up as a removable disk. Simply open the drive and you will see the available folders. The WAV folder will contain your exported .WAV files and you can drag&drop from there.
If you don't have the manual, you can find it online. It's free!