my volume control appears to be correct. other applications are making noise. no error messages. whats going on??
sessions still load, etc..
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Do the (green) bars on the Meter toolbar show motion, indicating that you are processing a signal when the scrubber is playing across the track?
Two things to check very quickly --
Check the "output" volume on the Mixer toolbar (has the icon of the speaker, "input" has the icon of the mic).
On the little control panel to the left of the audio tracks, check the top "Gain" slider to make sure it is not all the way to the left, and make sure you didn't activate the "Mute" button. (Although if you did that, the track would be grayed out, and pretty obvious you had muted it.)
A third thing to try is go to menu Edit > Preferences > Audio I/O, and make sure the correct inputs and outputs are selected (whether that be line-in, mic, sound-mapper, whatever.)
none of this worked. there is no green in the meters and no way to get it back..
Sounds like for some reason the audio-in signal is not getting to Audacity.
Try checking Windows Control Panel >> Audio Properties > Volume Control > Options > Properties, and make sure you have the correct Mixer Device selected for playback, and in the Volume Control tab, see if anything has been muted.
The only other thing I can think of right now, is to delete Audacity and re-install.
(if you have any .aup project files, make sure they don't get deleted.)
You might want to try the Audacity forum
(I've been trying for a year to get Audacity to record streaming audio with no luck, it just won't work with my integrated RealTek sound chip, but could record fine when I had a SoundBlaster card. All other playback and editing work just fine. Sadly, the forum didn't help me.)
Sorry I couldn't be of more help.....
RealTek sound cards don't support recording inputs other than Line or mic in (in other words, only "external" sound sources). You can't choose Mix, Wave, What You Hear or Aux as the source (which is where audio playing back on a computer is coming from) so you can't record from these sources.
An easy fix is to go to Radio Shack and buy a 1/4" stereo to 1/4" stereo patch cable. Then plug the cable into the Speaker Out and into the "MIC/LINE" input on the computer. If asked for the type of source, choose "Line". Now open Audacity and play the audio file from a file (in Windows Media Player or other player) or from its web source and start Recording in Audacity. YOu should be able to record the audio now.
Only problem is you can't monitor the playback since when you plug the patch cord into the speaker out it mutes the computer's speakers. You could try a "splitter" at the speaker out so you could plug in headsets as well as the patch cord.
I found another "fix" in the form of a driver someone developed for RealTek sound cards that adds the "internal" playback as a recording source as well as mic/line in. It worked for me. I don't have the link on hand but will post as soon as I find it (it's on my laptop at home and I'm at work). In the meantime the patch cord solution should help out.
This is so easy, I can start recording direct from cd/dvd again instead of ripping and converting files!
Isn't it a shame that users have to find workarounds because the manufacturer doesn't even have a clue for a solution?
Try doing a full reinstall of Audacity Portable. Delete the current Audacity Portable installation first. if you have made many changes to the default settings, create a backup of your AudacityPortable/Data folder before deleting.
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yeahh reinstall will sure help ))
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