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Re: [Gnewsense-dev] Bad defaults cause bad bug

From: aurele
Subject: Re: [Gnewsense-dev] Bad defaults cause bad bug
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2009 01:11:37 -0500

A possible way for audacity and other sound register ...

For sure it's not a mathematical response, but I give you the solution
I've found because I already have this trouble of strange noise when I
record "directly" with audacity in concert or live session with music

So I use a Sony MD player/recorder or a special music record external
hard drive to record concert session, and after I record from the
support to audacity.

I don't understand why, (the quality compression why not) but the noise
desapear and the record is good.

For sure It should be really better if it can be record directly from
the master table to the computer.

-- aurele

"If I put a patent on fire, your balls should be in ice ..."

On Wed, 2009-11-25 at 16:02 -0500, Richard Stallman wrote:
> When I tried to use Audacity to record from the microphone, the
> recording it made was almost inaudible.  I was unable to fix this
> without help.
> This revealed several usability problems.  I hope you will take steps
> to fix each problem.  Some should be fixed directly in gNewSense.
> Some call for changes in specific packages -- would you please at
> least report these problems to the people who should fix them?
> (It is not feasible for me to send bug reports in GNOME because it
> can't be done by email.)
> The problem turned out to be due to bad settings which were hard to
> find and not documented.  Here are the specific problems it reveals.
> 0. Documentation for Audacity seems not to be loaded.
> Why not?
> 1. Older versions of Audacity had a menu on the control panel to
> select the input source.  That was self-evident as GUIs are supposed
> to be.  It has disappeared, and nothing in Audacity says how to do it.
> Why did it disappear?
> There is a way to specify something about input sources in Preferences,
> but (1) nothing in the ordinary Audacity screen tells you to look there,
> and (2) it is presented in terms that don't make sense to me as a user.
> Option include ALSA Default and OSS: /dev/dsp.
> Another is ALSA: CS5535 Audio: CS5535 Audio (hw:0,0).
> I have no idea what these mean, or how they relate to choosing the microphone
> or the CD player.  I don't know which of those settings is "right".
> It does not offer documentation.
> Perhaps the first click on the Audacity Record button in any session
> should pop up a window saying how to select the input.
> 2. Eventually someone showed me how to control these things with the
> Volume Control.  I could not find them myself because they were
> hidden: they did not appear in the Volume Control window.
> Danny showed me that the Volume Control window has a set of
> preferences with which you can control which settings appear.
> All the settings relevant to making a recording should be visible
> by default.
> And Audacity should tell you which ones to look at.
> 3. The Volume Control help does not match the appearance of the volume
> control window.  Also, its descriptions of the individual faders are
> so terse that I can't understand many of them.
> Some seem simply inaccurate -- for instance, it says the PCM fader
> controls the volume of "the wave file".  In fact, it seems to affect
> the volume of the output from Audacity and many other programs.  Why
> is this?  The Help should make it clear.
> And many things such as Mic Boost and Duplicate Front are totally
> mysterious to me.  It seems to me that each button and fader should
> have a tooltip which _explains_ what it does.  (Repeating the name
> does not explain.)
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