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Open the Windows Mixer—double-click the Speaker icon that’s on your Windows taskbar to open the Play Control dialog box. If you don’t see the Speaker icon on your taskbar, you can open the Windows Mixer by using the following command:
Windows 7: Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Volume Control
In the Play Control dialog box, use the Options > Properties command, and select Recording (under Adjust Volume For).
Under Adjust Volume For, make sure Line-In and Microphone are checked, and click OK.
The Record Control dialog box appears.
If you’re recording through the Line input, click the Select check box that’s at the bottom of the Line-In column, and make sure that the volume slider in that column is in the upper half of its range (if you’re recording through the Mic input, do the same actions in the Microphone column). Minimize the Windows Mixer window.
In Cakewalk’s Track view, use the In field in a track you want to record in to select the input you’re using—select either the Left input of your sound card to record in mono or the Stereo input to record in stereo.
Arm the track for recording (click its R button so that it’s red), and play your instrument. You should see the Record Meter at the bottom of the track’s property fields light up. If the meter doesn’t move, see the table immediately following this procedure.
Adjust your instrument’s volume, and/or the volume slider in the Record Control dialog box so that the level in the Record meter almost reaches the red zone when you play your loudest notes.
Record some sound by pressing r to start recording, and pressing the SPACEBAR when you’re finished. You can rewind by pressing w.
Click the armed track’s Input button and choose the opposite input from the currently selected one. If that doesn’t help, try selecting the Stereo input.
Leave Cakewalk’s clock setting at the default choice, which is Audio. You can choose clock settings in Edit > Preferences > Project - Clock or in the Control Bar’s Sync module.
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