How come anything I record into audacity sounds terrible?

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  1. Goosey_J

    Goosey_J IGNORE ME

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    So I've been trying to configure audacity the last few days and I've hit a bit of a brick wall. Whatever I record, when played back, sounds awful. The sound sounds really distorted, grainy and well, shit. I've tried playing around with the input volume to no avail, it just changes how loud or quiet the shit sound is.

    Anyone able to talk me through how I might fix this? Thanks.
     
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    T:M Dusty Techno Workout

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    perhaps you have a bad cable/mic?
     
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    Goosey_J IGNORE ME

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    It's brand new so I doubt that's the case.
     
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    Sammy_Dodger Mr Ed

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    you need to check the input level isnt hitting the reds
     
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    Goosey_J IGNORE ME

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    I can't get it to stop red lighting, even when the input volume is way down.Always sounds gash.
     
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    Explain your setup in particular what wires are going where and what the inputs & outputs are labeled as. Have you recorded into any other programs without this problem?
     
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    audio interface will solve the problem, same thing i had mate, unless you've already got 1??
     
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    Goosey_J IGNORE ME

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    Forgive my ignorance but what is an audio interface?
     
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    DJ Spliff Never Enuff Vinyl

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    What kind of mixer do you have? I used to have and old shitty Numark and everything I recorded sounded shit. But recently I upgraded to and Allen & Heath and it's made a world of difference. I know that's a really expensive fix my that's two cents and something to think about.
     
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    DJ Spliff Never Enuff Vinyl

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    T:M Dusty Techno Workout

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    I've got that behringer piece. Useful for all sorts of things too!
     
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    You shouldn't need an audio interface if you're set up right. I've got one but only because the AD converter on my laptops on board card wasn't good enough to stream to the internet live. Just recording should be fine with an onboard card.
     
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    I had the same problem but I bought somethinng suimilar to this for £20 form maplions and it mad a big difference.

    Sorry...Drunk
     
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    Goosey_J IGNORE ME

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    I've figured out that it's the bass that sounds shit and distorted. it sounds absolutely fine when the bass drops out of a tune, but the second the bass is involved, bam, shit grainy distortion. I'm recording through an Allen and Heath Xone 42 with brand new cables. Is it something to do with the settings in Audacity?
     
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    This is the problem here, the input at the computer is clipping, on screen your wav file probably is straight at the top and bottom when it sound shit ? You say the input is right down in audacity or in the 'mixer' of your operating system ? Are you sure you line in is not a mic in ?
     
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    Goosey_J IGNORE ME

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    Ugh, I'm a fucking spastic. Yeah it is a Mic in. Which colour socket is the line in? I got Green (audio output), red (mic), blue (?) orange (?) black (?) and grey (?)
     
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    Goosey_J IGNORE ME

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    djmotiondnb AKA Tactician

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    get the audio interface dude.. dead cheap solve all your problems =)
     
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    this, trust me i had the exact same problem
     
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    ^ epic post.