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Message posted by Mrs. Bonce on 26/11/2012 at 8:09pm
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Has anyone bought one of these from Aldi? (someone mentioned it on here the other day). Anyway, trying to set it up for OH (who won't touch the computer, I have to do it for him). Get to the bit where you go into "edit" and then "preferences" and then it all goes wrong, what it says in the instruction book isn't there (i.e. "set the recording device to USB audio device". Any ideas before I either tear my hair out or take it back? (or make him do it).

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I bought the "Tevion" brand item from Aldi quite a while ago virtually identical to the current one. Works quite well using Audacity to burn discs, I could`nt get my head around it at first I had to get my son in law to help me out. I think it must be my age thingy.lol

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Think I may have to ask someone younger then! OH has loads of cassete tapes which would be much better as cds.

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Hi. Which version of Audacity are you using? I didn't load the software from the disk as I already have Audacity.

I'm in the middle of a recording at present, so can't get into the Preferences screen but I'll have a look when it finishes (about half an hour I reckon).



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I've had a look at my version of Audacity now. I'm using version 2.0.2, which is the latest version, and probably later than the one on the CD that came with the EnVivo. I'd recommend downloading this if you haven't already got it.

If you go to Edit|Preferences in this version, you get a series of options in a list on the left-hand side, starting with 'Devices'. This option should be highlighted when you first open the Preferences window, but if not, just click on it. In the main part of the window, you will have various entries such as 'Interface', 'Playback' and 'Recording' etc.

We are interested in the 'Device' entry just beneath 'Recording'. There is a drop-down list that will show all the recording devices on the PC. On my PC, the entry for the EnVivo is 'Microphone Array (2- USB PnP Au'. The rest of the line 'dio)' has been truncated as it's too long to fit in the box. This entry only appears when the EnVivo is plugged in.

As I said, I have not loaded any software off the CD. When I first plugged in the EnVivo, Windows automatically installed the drivers and I was ready to go. I can't remember if I rebooted Windows before using it but it's always worth trying that if you haven't already.

First impressions are that it's not bad for 12.99 but I have noticed a bit of a background hum on some of my quieter tracks. It's OK for Blues and Rock tracks, but I don't think I'll be using it for some of my classical albums. Some tapes have been showing quite a lot of woe & flutter but I suspect that is more a problem with tha actual tape than the machine.

Hope you get sorted.


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Thanks Ian, will try this before I throw it out. I jusy wish OH would get interested, it's for him after all, I have no interest in any of it.

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Thanks Ian, will try this before I throw it out. I just wish OH would get interested, it's for him after all, I have no interest in any of it.

 Don't know how this came up twice! My latop is playing silly b*****s this morning though, I have to keep logging in to UKCS and the background colour has reverted to yellow, anyone else getting this?

Anyway, I assume then it would be best to disable the software from the CD and start again by just plugging in the converter? (and why don't they mention this?) and I also assume that as we will only use it to convert cassette tapes into CDs that I don't need to bother about MP3?



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Well, I've tried uninstalling and then installing the latest version, but looks much the same. The options under Preferences are:

Host - MME or Windows Direct Sound.

Playback Device - Microsoft Sound Mapper-output, or Speakers or Realtel Digital Output (2 real...).

Recording Device - Microsoft Sound Mapper - input, or Microphone Array (USB PrP Audio Aux (2 Realtek...)).

Tried all and nothing has worked yet so any ideas?

And when I press the red "record" button, it just shows something working with 23 odd hours left??

I assume you press "play" on the box, there is nothing marked "record". Wish we hadn't bought the darned thing now.

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I just have an old cassette player working here for me. Using audacity. All I do (should be the same for any similar device) is press play on the recorder - if you can hear whatever is playing through the speakers then that bit is ok. So wind back to the beginning, press play on the recorder, press record in audacity. It should begin to record what is playing through the cassette player, and there will be a funny looking sound line appearing as it plays and records. Then you hit save the save the track in Audacity.

From there you can convert the tracks to MP3 (that's digital music format) then burn using windows media player onto a CD.

If the player has a usb port, it should just map through ok... if you can hear the sound playing through your speakers, then that part is ok.

Read down a bit on this page for advice on laptops.

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Thanks, I think! so how do I convert to MP3 and why do I have to do this, OH just wants to convert tapes to CD, we don't have an ipad or whatever.

I thought it would be simple (probably is for most, but not for me, total lack of logic!)

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just found this on you tube, he is very good at explaining the technical bits! :)
recording to computer

You need to convert the recording to MP3 to burn to a CD. A tape recording is analogue, a CD is in digital format, so you need to convert the analogue to digital. MP3 is a digital format that will play on a CD player.

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here's the video

for the LAME MP3 encoder, which you will need to convert the music files to CD digital format.

I hope this has been of some help. I found it a bit confusing at first, but after having lived inside YouTube videos for an hour or so I got the hang of it!

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I can't hear the sound on my PC running Windows 7. In Audacity, have you got the recording volume turned up? It's the slider at the top right of the Audacity window. Also you will need to click on the input level display to see if the sound is getting through. This is at the top of the window, marked L and R. If you puase the mouse pointer over it, it will display 'Input Level (Click to monitor.)'

When you first plugged the EnVino into the computer, did you get a message to say that the drivers had been installed? That and Audacity should be all you need.

To convert the saved music to MP3 , you use the Export option in Audacity.

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No, no message and I still don't get the right info under Preferences, tried all ways and nothing happens corrctly. The Envivo works ok with batteries. I can see that I should be getting a blue line which varies, I just get a flat thin line if anything at all.

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Are you using Audacity version 2.0.2? You can find the version by clicking Help | About Audacity...

It seems to have installed OK as you have the Microphone Array (USB PnP Audio) option available in the Recording Device list. This is the one that you should select in the options. This is the option that should also appear next to the little microphone symbol just above the timeline display in the main window. If it is not selected, just click on the arrow to the right of the current input device and select the one you want.

Silly question, but have you turned up the volume on the cassette player?

Sounds as though you are very close to a result.

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I'll try these, but if nothing works will try again tomorrow, which never comes.

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