In another thread "Shostakovich" on 25-08-11, johnb wrote:
I have been using Audacity successfully for recording, but on reading johnb's post, I wonder if I am missing something important. Does Audacity really capture the analogue output of the soundcard, and reconvert it to digital? This must imply a loss of quality, and quality is important for me. Can anyone confirm that this is what Audacity does?
If this is correct, and if Total Recorder records the input digital stream directly with no digital-analogue-digital conversion, it would seem that this is a much better option.
I have been puzzled that one has to set the input level when recording with Audacity, in order to avoid clipping. I could not understand why this should be necessary when recording a digital stream. If Audacity is really recording an analogue signal, all becomes clear.
If anyone who understands this could confirm that my conclusion is correct, I would be most grateful.