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Ashley Malster

My USB mic is recording at approx double speed and pitch

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(Hello. I've tried searching for this, but couldn't find anything (or guess the right search terms).


I'm using Cakewalk to record vocals and mix them together. 

So far I've used one particular USB external microphone (Thronmax Mdrill) and that's worked fine. 

But now I'm also trying another USB mic, this time a lapel mic (Gyvazla). 

When I record with this particular mic, the audio recorded comes out wrong.  It's approx double speed and double pitch (sounding like I'm on helium) and visually it shows up as taking approx half the  number of bars it should have done. 


I've checked and the microphone itself works perfectly fine in Audacity for example.


Any ideas how to fix. Is there some kind of setting I need to change?

Thanks in advance

Ashley
 

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I had a similar problem with my I Rig Stage Acoustic guitar mike... I had to set the project sample rate to 48 KHZ.. that cured the speed problem.. I'm not sure if it is because Windows 10 audio drivers are set at 48 KHZ.. there was no special audio driver required for  the I Rig mike.. Win 10 set it up automatically.

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9 minutes ago, figuly said:

... I'm not sure if it is because Windows 10 audio drivers are set at 48 KHZ.. 

This is most probably the cause.

If you're using ASIO, you can tell Windows not to open a particular device as part of "Windows Sound". It was fairly easy to do this in Windows 7, but it's a bit more hidden away in Windows 10.

If you're using any of the other driver modes though, you need to make sure that the Windows sample rate is the same as you want to use in CbB.

This isn't strictly required for WASAPI Exclusive, but not all devices support this. So err on the side of caution - just make them the same.

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Thanks both.  I tried changing the sample rate to 48kHz.  That seemed to stop the thing being double speed, but the audio quality was very distorted (dalek like).  But the mention of WASAPI Exclusive was helpful - I tried changing the driver to that and that seemed to help.  (though that won't work at 48kHz).

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