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Oct 6, 2019 - 11:06:19 AM
35 posts since 1/21/2014

I have been using a Behringer X2222USB mixer to make recordings with Audacity. When I try to add an additional channel, I get this message "error opening recording device error code: 0 success" and then another message "unanticipated host error" It seems that the USB interface built into the mixer can't handle adding another channel. Is there a way around this?

Oct 6, 2019 - 11:49:31 AM

2354 posts since 4/16/2003

I think what you really need is a USB "audio interface" -- not "a mixer",

I'd suggest either a Focusrite 2i2 (3rd generation), or [even better] a Steinberg UR22.

The latter comes with Cubase digital audio software, and it will "integrate" with the hardware interface, making the multi-tracking process go much easier.

Oct 6, 2019 - 5:05:40 PM
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rudy

USA

14555 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by J.Albert

I think what you really need is a USB "audio interface" -- not "a mixer",

I'd suggest either a Focusrite 2i2 (3rd generation), or [even better] a Steinberg UR22.

The latter comes with Cubase digital audio software, and it will "integrate" with the hardware interface, making the multi-tracking process go much easier.


Hi John,

The OP's X2222USB is a mixer / stereo USB interface:

From Behringer: "Built-in stereo USB/Audio Interface to connect directly to your Mac or PC"

Edited by - rudy on 10/06/2019 17:06:22

Oct 6, 2019 - 5:24:10 PM
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rudy

USA

14555 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by JAMES GIBB

I have been using a Behringer X2222USB mixer to make recordings with Audacity. When I try to add an additional channel, I get this message "error opening recording device error code: 0 success" and then another message "unanticipated host error" It seems that the USB interface built into the mixer can't handle adding another channel. Is there a way around this?


The X2222USB is a stereo interface, it should be able to handle two simultaneous inputs as well as the stereo output buss from Audacity for monitoring purposes. Check your manual for specifics.

If you're new to multi-tracking with a DAW you need to understand the difference between tracks and channels.

The X2222USB should allow you to input 1 or 2 input channels into Audacity, assigning the 2 channels to either two separate tracks or a single stereo track in your DAW (Audacity).  Once you have your initial track(s) recorded you can add more tracks within Audacity and assign your two input channels to them.

In the case of doing that, you would then have 4 tracks and you can pan them as you wish to the TWO output channels (routed to your interface so you can hear the stereo output.

Each interface (your X2222USB) and DAW (your Audacity) all work similarly, but may have slight differences in how you select the signal path and track / channel routing.

Another detail is making sure you have the correct driver program installed on your computer for the X2222USB.  The driver is essentially a small background program that enables you to communicate correctly with your hardware device (X2222USB in this case).  Do make sure you have the correct drivers installed, although some devices are class-compliant and should work out of the box.  I don't know the specifics of what you're working with.

This stuff can be a bit baffling, especially for older users, so it's not as plug-n-play as what the manufacturers would like for you to believe.

Edited by - rudy on 10/06/2019 17:26:24

Oct 6, 2019 - 8:16:03 PM

35 posts since 1/21/2014

quote:
Originally posted by rudy
quote:
Originally posted by JAMES GIBB

I have been using a Behringer X2222USB mixer to make recordings with Audacity. When I try to add an additional channel, I get this message "error opening recording device error code: 0 success" and then another message "unanticipated host error" It seems that the USB interface built into the mixer can't handle adding another channel. Is there a way around this?


The X2222USB is a stereo interface, it should be able to handle two simultaneous inputs as well as the stereo output buss from Audacity for monitoring purposes. Check your manual for specifics.

If you're new to multi-tracking with a DAW you need to understand the difference between tracks and channels.

The X2222USB should allow you to input 1 or 2 input channels into Audacity, assigning the 2 channels to either two separate tracks or a single stereo track in your DAW (Audacity).  Once you have your initial track(s) recorded you can add more tracks within Audacity and assign your two input channels to them.

In the case of doing that, you would then have 4 tracks and you can pan them as you wish to the TWO output channels (routed to your interface so you can hear the stereo output.

Each interface (your X2222USB) and DAW (your Audacity) all work similarly, but may have slight differences in how you select the signal path and track / channel routing.

Another detail is making sure you have the correct driver program installed on your computer for the X2222USB.  The driver is essentially a small background program that enables you to communicate correctly with your hardware device (X2222USB in this case).  Do make sure you have the correct drivers installed, although some devices are class-compliant and should work out of the box.  I don't know the specifics of what you're working with.

This stuff can be a bit baffling, especially for older users, so it's not as plug-n-play as what the manufacturers would like for you to believe.


Well Rudy, thank you for your very detailed post. Just as background info. I have downloaded the correct driver from Behringer, and have been using the mixer and Audacity successfully to make recordings for several months. My problem is after I add a new track to an Audacity file, and try to record to the new track, I get the error messages as described above.

Oct 7, 2019 - 6:26:56 AM
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rudy

USA

14555 posts since 3/27/2004

Hi Jim,

You may want to remove Audacity and re-install it to see if that makes a difference.  You don't say how many tracks you're adding, I know Audacity does have limitations.

You might also try Reaper, which does have a learning curve, but is well-liked for it's ability to work well.  It's very much like Pro Tools if you're familiar with that.

Reaper is free to download and try, and is only $60 if you decide that you really like it and want to use it as your main DAW.

Oct 7, 2019 - 6:34:26 AM

35 posts since 1/21/2014

Thanks for your help Rudy. By the way, I'm only adding one track. Just by way of an experiment, I tried the same thing using the laptop's built-in mic as the source and it worked just fine. I think the problem must be some limitation of the Behringer built-in USB interface. Thanks Again and cheers, Jim

Oct 7, 2019 - 12:25:13 PM

1643 posts since 2/10/2003

quote:
Originally posted by JAMES GIBB
quote:
Originally posted by rudy
quote:
Originally posted by JAMES GIBB

I have been using a Behringer X2222USB mixer to make recordings with Audacity. When I try to add an additional channel, I get this message "error opening recording device error code: 0 success" and then another message "unanticipated host error" It seems that the USB  interface built into the mixer can't handle adding another channel. Is there a way around this?


The X2222USB is a stereo interface, it should be able to handle two simultaneous inputs as well as the stereo output buss from Audacity for monitoring purposes. Check your manual for specifics.

If you're new to multi-tracking with a DAW you need to understand the difference between tracks and channels.

The X2222USB should allow you to input 1 or 2 input channels into Audacity, assigning the 2 channels to either two separate tracks or a single stereo track in your DAW (Audacity).  Once you have your initial track(s) recorded you can add more tracks within Audacity and assign your two input channels to them.

In the case of doing that, you would then have 4 tracks and you can pan them as you wish to the TWO output channels (routed to your interface so you can hear the stereo output.

Each interface (your X2222USB) and DAW (your Audacity) all work similarly, but may have slight differences in how you select the signal path and track / channel routing.

Another detail is making sure you have the correct driver program installed on your computer for the X2222USB.  The driver is essentially a small background program that enables you to communicate correctly with your hardware device (X2222USB in this case).  Do make sure you have the correct drivers installed, although some devices are class-compliant and should work out of the box.  I don't know the specifics of what you're working with.

This stuff can be a bit baffling, especially for older users, so it's not as plug-n-play as what the manufacturers would like for you to believe.


Well Rudy, thank you for your very detailed post. Just as background info. I have downloaded the correct driver from Behringer, and have been using the mixer and Audacity successfully to make recordings for several months. My problem is after I add a new track to an Audacity file, and try to record to the new track, I get the error messages as described above.


On the track you have previously recorded try changing the track from the behringer to no input source. I don’t know how audacity works, buy you may only be able to record one source at a time.  If the Behringer is still selected as an Input source for the previously recorded track, then it may not allow you to select it as the source for the second track.  Other daws I don’t think would have a problem with this, however audacity is not a true daw.  

Oct 9, 2019 - 8:11:59 AM

2722 posts since 10/17/2009

quote:
Originally posted by JAMES GIBB

I have been using a Behringer X2222USB mixer to make recordings with Audacity. When I try to add an additional channel, I get this message "error opening recording device error code: 0 success" and then another message "unanticipated host error" It seems that the USB interface built into the mixer can't handle adding another channel. Is there a way around this?


Windows, Mac, Linux?

Audacit can be a bit unstable with managing different soundcards, especially if any interrupt happens while running (like disconnecting and reconnecting). Any usb or firewire interface, including those mixers as well as usb mics are soundcards; you computer likely also has a built-in sound-card.
Some of the problem might be in using the interface for input and the built-in for output. In Audacity make  sure that your sound engine is set right. (WDM, Core, JACK, ASIO...)

In Audacity, what are the input and output options for the mixer? Direct or going through the sound control panel? Make sure you have the sound control panel settings right. (does the mixer use a separate control panel?) If direct from mixer, does it give just one choice (stereo) or separate left, right, or as channels?

The mixer might also be changing the routing and device number (reconnecting) and audacity or the engine might get confused. Try to rescan for devices.

Alternatively, and perhaps a better way is to use Jack or ASIO (ASIO4all) for the engine. Both does a better job of routing the sound.

Edited by - banjoak on 10/09/2019 08:16:15

Oct 19, 2019 - 5:15:25 PM

3354 posts since 10/10/2008

I use a behringer umc202hd 2 in 2 out with Protools ... macOS ... no problems regardless of track count etc. $39

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