Problem with recording audio through line in winxp. Help!

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by djmartylyttle, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Hi all, i'm new to the forum. Having some problems recently and wondered if an expert could help me?
    I am a dj and have been recording audio mixes through my line in on windows xp using a program called wavelab for years. Now recently when I do so the played back recording has probelms. When it records it is missing out very small snippets of the audio causing a skip like sound as if it cant keep up with the audio so it misses parts out.
    I have uninstalled the sound card and reinstalled it but still the same problem.
    Any help would be great,
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    Turn off all networking adaptors and antivirus. Turn off windows update. Now uninstall the stupid Windows Live and Search addins that got installed by auto update.
  3. Hi mate and thanks for the reply. I have used this same setup for years with no problems. The xp install has no internet (never has) no antivirus etc, it has been fine tuned, all background $*^t is turned off.
    I use this op system for recording and production. I have a dual boot system with xp and win 7. The win 7 install is used fgor internet etc.
    The xp install is isolated from the net, dosent take updates etc.
    Strange how it worked for ages and now there seems to be some latency problem when recording.
  4. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Rainy Roads WA USA
    It's probably a problem with your audio drivers after Win7...
    Go to the Control Panel/System and click on hardware and then device manager....find your Sound card in the audio list and right click and remove it.....then power down the computer....complete power off not a restart. Wait a few seconds....
    Power up the computer, make sure the computer finds new hardware and re-installs the audio drivers....check hardware manager to make sure you don't have any little yellow exclamation points next to anything....
    Go into Control Panel/Sound & Audio Devices and make sure your sound card is listed as the default sound device for everything....
    You could also try re-installing WaveLab....
    Dual boot can kind of mess up your hardware when one OS needs one driver and the other OS needs a different one.....most drivers designed for Win7 should work for XP but it's hard to know unless you test them both....your hardware isn't going to change just because you change OS....
  5. Interesting but I cant see how my win 7 can effect my win xp. When i'm in win xp, win 7 isn't loaded ie it may as well not be there. I have completely uninstalled the sound card and reinstalled it and it is the default device for recording. I will try what you have suggested anyhow as pc's do the strangest things!
    Forgot to mention, wavelab isn't the problem as I have tried recording in other software with the same problem.
  6. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    it did work
    and now it doesn't

    restore the computer to time when it did work
    it's worth a try
  7. Was going to do a system restore but remembered I have it turned off in xp as its recommended to be kept off in a redording/producing environment
  8. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    I actually leave that one one

    so what have you added since it was last working well ?
  9. the only thing i can think of is I installed ableton, but since uninstalled to try and fix the probelm. hardware hasn't changed. I did upgrade from vista to win 7 on my other drive (dual boot) but its completely seperate. Its really doing my head in! I might just reinstall xp. It worked fine for years and now this!
  10. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    sound card is removable ?

    move it to a new slot and force XP to re-address it ??

    I now it is a pain
    but a reinstall of XP to a fresh format drive can be a good thing
    things feel fresh and fast and clean ... :)
  11. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Rainy Roads WA USA
    If you want to use Dual Boot, (which I guarantee is the problem) I would make sure all of your drivers and software are updated to run under Win7 and hopefully XP will run without any issues.
    It's not like they are completely separate computers...
    They are "sharing" and have to run using the same hardware....There are hardware components that get loaded prior to Windows loading....most of them are loaded before you even get to the dual boot screen...

    Dual boot isn't the best or smartest thing to do for creating an audio setup and then trying to create a normal day to day system...
    I would pick one or the other....
    I would assume your running Win7 32bit?

    FWIW...dual boot is a really sketchy setup anyway...
    Most people have no reason to use it...
    Having set up systems with Dual Boot myself many times...some people think it's cool but I've always found it to be buggy and a complete waste of time!....and should be's unstable..
    I'm sure everything on your system would run just fine under Win7 with all the proper drivers and updates installed...
    Having Internet and anti-virus apps running on your system if properly setup shouldn't affect a properly configured computer with enough RAM and CPU speed anyway.....
    You can always turn the internet off, auto-updates off and anti-virus programs off before delving into your audio's no big deal!
    And if your computer is fast enough and has plenty of RAM then you don't even have to worry about that...unless it's some critical recording session in which case you'd be crazy to have anything running in the background other than your recording software....but that's a given...the more critical it is the more precautions should be taken....
  12. I definitely think there is a problem somewhere in xp because I can record fine in win 7, tho I cannot save the files as wavelab 5 don't work properly in win 7. Its lookin like a fresh install of win xp!
  13. I'm running a dual boot with win xp 32 bit and win 7 64 bit. I need xp to run most of the cracked software i use for producing as they will not work properly on new versions of windows. I like to use win 7 for all other stuff other than recording/producing.
  14. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Rainy Roads WA USA
    Win7 will run any XP app just fine!
    Lose the XP and Vista and the Dual Boot!
    If your going to blow it down do a fresh install of Win7 and be happy....
  15. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Rainy Roads WA USA
    Oh and the cracked software...nice
    sorry I offered any assistance....
    nobody here appreciate dumb ass crack heads looking for advice!
    Go somewhere else
  16. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    "I need xp to run most of the cracked software i use for producing as they will not work properly on new versions of windows."

    :cry: :cry: Everybody! 1,2,3... [silence] what, no 'aww'? Tsk, who'da thunk it.

    Admittedly I didn't pay for any of my audio software either, because all of my stuff is freeware.
  17. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Frozen Tundra of CT
    Yeah but freeware is meant to be free.
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