The Audacity’s Device Toolbar

Device toolbar

When you use Audacity, you will find a device toolbar on the screen. It is very useful for Audacity users. If you do not know what the use of the device toolbar is, , then we are here to help! Here are all the necessary details about the device toolbar available in Audacity. Also, for further information in detail, you can visit Audacity’s manual page at anytime. It is easily accessible to its users.

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The Device Toolbar is a very easy thing to use in Audacity. There are no complications in its use. People use the Audacity’s device toolbar to easily select a combination of recording channels, audio host and the playback device, as per their requirements and convenience.

It allows you to do all this in less time, instead of using the Devices Preference menu. You will not be able to use the device toolbar when you are recording or playing audio in Audacity. As, it will grey out when the device is in use.

Device Toolbar

Resizer option

If you are not happy with the size of the device toolbar, or you want to change it, then you can easily use the resizer option. The resizer option helps you change the size of your toolbar. You can expand the device toolbar using the right handle. And, the left handle helps you contract the device toolbar.

The Audio host

In Windows, you can choose from three available audio hosts. Specifically, the three available options are MME, Windows DirectSound and Windows WASAPI.

By default, Audacity uses MME as an audio host. But, you can change it if you wish. Windows DirectSound is a more recent one. It has less latency. And the last one, Windows WASAPI. It is the latest one, released in 2007.

WASAPI host supports 24- bit recording device. In Linux, the only available options are ALSA, OSS, and Jack Audio Connection Kit.

The Recording Audio

As a recording device in Windows, the available options are Microsoft Sound Mapper- Input, Stereo Mix (Realtek High definition), Microsoft (Realtek High definition) and IN (3- UA- 1EX). In GNU/ Linux, you can do the recordings by using the plus sound server.

If your device has only one input for selection, then only the device name will be there in the list. And, it will be without the input type. You can attach and detach external devices in Audacity, while it is open. If you do this, then you need to use transport. And then, rescan audio devices, to update the list of devices.

The Recording channels

There are two options in the recording channels. Specifically, they are Mono and Stereo recordings. If the recording device is mono, then you should set the number of recording channels to one. If the recording device is stereo, then the number of recording channels must be set to two.

The Playback devices

The three options in windows for the playback devices are Speakers, Microsoft sound mapper and OUT. You can use any of the options to sue a playback device in Audacity.


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