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(@Anonymous)
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I was told that Audacity will allow me to listen to my drum track while playing over it while recording? I check the appropriate box in the Preferences but I keep getting an error message: "Error while opening sound device. Please check imput device settings and the project sample rate."

Everything is set the way it is supposed to be. If I uncheck the "Play other tracks while recording a new one" checkbox in the preferences I can record no problem but I can't hear the drum track. If I check it I get the error above? What do I need to do to listen to one track and record another?

This program is useless to me if I can't do that...

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(@paul-donnelly)
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That's a strange problem. I wonder if it's your hardware and not Audacity, since I've never had that problem on the computers I've tried. Can you play other tracks while recording in any other programs?


   
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The only way I can do it is by putting my guitar through my drum machine first and then record them both together...fine for now but if I needed to edit seperate tracks that would cause problems...

I can only think that it's the guitar port causeing the problem but I don't understand how. It just acts like any soundcard the way its setup. Unless it can't play and record itself at the same time?


   
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Are you saving the drum track as a .wav or .mp3 file first? If you want you can email me the drum file and I'll see if I get the same problem. slejhamer at g mail dot com

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Are you saving the drum track as a .wav or .mp3 file first? If you want you can email me the drum file and I'll see if I get the same problem. slejhamer at g mail dot com

I sent a PM slejhamer with the link. It's in mp3 format.

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(@smokindog)
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Thats a strange one, but i seem to remember someone on the audacity forum having the same problem( sorry, I dont remember how to solve it). try asking them, you will have to register, but then you can ask questions and someone will anwer you. here is the link

https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/audacity-users

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(@paul-donnelly)
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I can only think that it's the guitar port causeing the problem but I don't understand how. It just acts like any soundcard the way its setup. Unless it can't play and record itself at the same time?
You're using a guitar port? What have you selected for your playback device in the "Preferences" dialog? Could you select the guitar port for recording and your regular sound card for playback?


   
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I can only think that it's the guitar port causeing the problem but I don't understand how. It just acts like any soundcard the way its setup. Unless it can't play and record itself at the same time?
You're using a guitar port? What have you selected for your playback device in the "Preferences" dialog? Could you select the guitar port for recording and your regular sound card for playback?

Here are my choices:

Microsoft Sound Mapper - Output
GuitarPort
Roland VSC

I have no clue what Microsoft Sound Mapper - Output or the Roland VSC are? However I tried all of them and still get the same error.


   
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Mike, I was able to record while playing back your drum track in Audacity; no problem at all. At least you now know it's not a compatibility problem with the drum machine files.

It seems odd that you don't have your computer's actual internal soundcard to choose as the playback device. Are those the same choices you have for input device? I wouldn't think you'd want to use the GuitarPort for playback.

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I was reading the PDF instructions, and it looked to me that it might work better if you did use the guitar port for play back :?: read page 25, 26 , and 87. you might try a bottle of Jack Daniels also :lol: :lol: ( sorry) :oops:

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Audacity FREEKIN ROCKS!!!!!!! Thanx for turning me on to this! And It's free!!!!! :shock: Wow how cool is that! I also was reading on some other post and downloaded hammer head, and that was free too!!! Yippie!!! I just love you guys!!!!

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I was reading the PDF instructions, and it looked to me that it might work better if you did use the guitar port for play back :?: read page 25, 26 , and 87. you might try a bottle of Jack Daniels also :lol: :lol: ( sorry) :oops:

I'd think the Jack Daniels would work better than outputting computer audio via USB, especially if one wants to hear the sound through the pc's speakers. Wouldn't it then have to be returned to the computer for playback (or playthrough)?

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(@mhill54)
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you can make drum trackon audacity?


   
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(@dark_panda)
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Sometimes I can get Audacity to record and play another track simultaneously by modifying my preferences to use different channels. Under preferences, look in "Audio I/O" and set your channels to "2 Stereo" or "1 mono" and make sure that "Play other tracks while recording new one" is checked on and give that a try.

My setup is linux-based, however, so YMMV...


   
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(@smokindog)
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I was reading the PDF instructions, and it looked to me that it might work better if you did use the guitar port for play back :?: read page 25, 26 , and 87. you might try a bottle of Jack Daniels also :lol: :lol: ( sorry) :oops:

I'd think the Jack Daniels would work better than outputting computer audio via USB, especially if one wants to hear the sound through the pc's speakers. Wouldn't it then have to be returned to the computer for playback (or playthrough)?

Yes, your probably right, I have a external sound card and it goes to a stereo receiver :oops:

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