Please help me produce my music show using my Dell Optiplex 755 multimedia desk top.

 I want to be able to plug my CD player,Cassette Deck and Turntable into the computer and have it all act as a radio station where I can introduce them...and have everything end up in an editing program for final easy finishing.  I currently use 'Audacity' for my editing, but it doesn't handle more then one sound source at a time, so if i'm talking into the mic. I can't simultaneously play a song along with it.  This makes it very hard to produce my 30 minute show because it takes about 3 hours to get it the way I want. Can anyone help me?...Thank you.

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orksecurity7 years ago
Is the limit Audacity, or your sound hardware? If you want to do the mix in software, you need a separate D-to-A for each incoming sound channel. Multichannel input hardware certainly exists, but costs more than the standard PC soundcards. I beleive Audacity ***does** support some of those; check its documentation. If not, the commercial DAW packages certainly do, including the basic subset versions; again, check their specs to find out what they're likely to interface happily with.

Or you could do the mix in a traditional analog mixer, using Audacity simply as a recording deck. But then you don't get to go back and edit individual tracks independently.
amcflfan (author)  orksecurity7 years ago
 Hi and thank you for the reply.  Although I know how to turn a computer on and surf the 'net, I am definitely not computer savvy.  I used to be in radio years ago but back then editing and finishing were done using large reel to reel tapes and razor blades.  Unfortunately I didn't understand some of what you posted.  For instance 'D-to-A' means what?  Along with DAW?  I know i'm close to achieving what I want to do but I think i need layman's terms.  Thanks for the help.

amcflfan (author)  nfarrow7 years ago
 Awesome!  Just awesome.  Thank you so much for that tutorial.  I learned more about audacity in that 9+ minutes then i ever did using it myself.
D-to-A: Digital to Analog. Specifically in this case, sound capture hardware.

DAW: Digital Audio Workstation. The computer-based sound editing systems of which Audacity is a basic version.

Great reference for folks getting started in this area:

Sams 3 works well.