DJ Tutorial: [Audacity] Recording From Turntables To Mac: Software – The DJ AOT Show Ep. 2

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DJ Antomattei of Tokyo teaches how to connect your turntables to a Mac and use Audacity®. Use this method to record your DJ mixes or vinyl records digitally. Equipment used in this video includes a Early 2009 MacBook (White), and the Audacity® free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. This is part 2 of a 2 part video series on recording DJ mixes and vinyl records as MP3s/WAV files.


1) You can buy an external USB soundcard for your MacBook Pro. Click my affiliate link to check out the very great “Behringer UFO202 Audio Interface”

•High-quality USB audio interface connects your turntable, cassette
•Transfer and restore your valuable vinyl records and tapes to your computer via a simple USB connection
•Phono input switchable to line input source

2) You can try this “Record through your MacBook’s headphone jack”

“All of Apple’s computers feature a headphone jack or sound output of some kind, but only a few of them offer a recording input. The iMac includes one, as well as the 15-inch MacBook Pro and the Mac Pro desktop, but you won’t find one on the MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, or the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

So what’s an audio geek to do (aside from invest in a decent USB sound card)?
Well, in the case of the 13-inch MacBook Pro (old and new), Apple includes the option of a switchable audio port than can be used as either an input or an output. Most people (myself included) see the headphone logo on the side and assume the audio spits out in just one direction. Not so.

To make the switch happen, go into your system preferences and select the control panel for Sound. At the bottom of the window, you’ll see a drop-down menu for “Use audio port for.” Switch it up, adjust the input level slider above it, and you’re all set.
Another quick way to set this is to hold down the Option key while clicking on the volume slider on the desktop’s menu bar. You’ll get instant access to your audio port settings.”

-CNET | How To


wallas10 says:

where it says built in mic. mine says that and below it it says Traktor
Audio 6 . I can’t seem to record my sound from my mixer. help please

LukzVII says:

I can only chose built in Mic…it doesnt say built in input.. =(
please help

mrdjeazy says:

if i dont have built in input is there a device i can use

aaron colunga says:

it doesnt work i connected rca cables to my laptop, put the audacity
settings started recording and when i speak it also records it. what can i
do? please answer back

DJ Marc Antomattei says:

Well madam, you can use speakers if you want to monitor your recording out
loud but they aren’t necessary at all. All the recording that is being done
is through the internals of the hardware, it’s just the digital exchange of
information between your decks to mixer to computer. Of course even if you
don’t use or need speakers, you will still need headphones to monitor your
mix live. You can listen to them through your mixer.

inxcity says:

nice tutorial but how come my mac doesnt have a drop down box that says
“built-in input” and my mac pro only has an earphone plugin. im new to
mac’s. thanks

jsimone06 says:

so you don’t need speakers when you’re recording a mix onto the macbook?

DJ Marc Antomattei says:

@inxcity, thanks for raising that question. I never answered that in video
1 or 2. I put a how to explanation just now in the video description titled
“IMPORTANT NOTE: Record through your MacBook’s headphone jack”. Please read
that in full and let me know if that answered your question. More videos
coming soon, don’t forget to like and subscribe if you haven’t already.

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