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How to Fix Audacity Not Recording Sound Problem

audacity feature Audacity is open-source audio recording software that can capture any audio coming from system sound or microphone. It is best for recording music, webinars, podcasts, and other important call meetings on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. Aside from recording, this tool also has a multi-track audio editor to enhance the recorded sound. However, this tool sometimes hangs or not working correctly due to a software bug or incompatibility. If you're just experiencing the Audacity not recording issue, follow the troubleshooting tips below to fix the problem.

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Troubleshooting Audacity Not Recording Problems

It is inconvenient when Audacity not recognizing mic or system sound when recording audio. It might seem because of some software malfunctions, bugs, or wrong settings. Now, let's try changing the settings like the default audio host. Read the steps below.

1. Set MME as default audio host

  • Launch Audacity, and click the “Audio host” dropdown box at the leftmost upper part of the tool.
  • Then, choose “MME” as its default host. MME stands for Multimedia Extensions, which is a default host that ensures sounds on every recording you make.
  • After changing the default audio host, try to record and check if there is a sound on your recording.

set mme default host

If changing the default audio host does not fix the problem, try checking if your external microphone is being enabled. To do that, follow the steps below.

sound settings on windows

2. Enable all disconnected recording devices

  • On your computer, right-click on the "Speaker" icon that you can find at the rightmost part of your taskbar and choose "Open Sound Settings."
  • Next, under the "Sound" window, click the "Manage sound devices" on the "Input" section to find all the audio devices connected on your computer.
  • Click the device to check if it's activated. If not, just tick the "Enable" button.
  • To ensure that your mic is enabled and can record voice, adjust the volume, and speak on your mic to see if the indicator is moving up. If yes, then you can start recording audio on Audacity.

enable mic

Another thing that you need to make sure is if the mic or system sound volume is enough. Lower volume can result in unpleasant sound or no sound at all. Try maxing the volume of the sound receiver of Audacity and start recording. If it's too loud, you can adjust it anytime according to your liking. Also, make sure that your mic is plugged correctly on your computer. If all of these troubleshooting steps did not fix audacity not playing sound, I strongly suggest that you use an alternative to Audacity. We wrote a review of one of the best audio recording software below.

Get an Alternative Audio Recorder to Record Sound

If Audacity no sound problem still occurs, try using the AceThinker Screen Grabber Pro. This tool is a reliable and robust screen recording software. It can not only record the screen but also give you an option to capture the audio-only. This tool can record audio in system sound, microphone, or both, and it can result in its highest quality. For recording both audio sources, you have the option to adjust the volume of each source. It is helpful when you are recording music from your computer and recording your voice for narration at the same time. We have listed the steps to record audio below for you to follow.

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Step 1 Get the Screen Grabber Pro

To begin, click one of the "Download" buttons above to get its installer. After that, launch it and follow the steps on installing the tool on your computer. Once done, open the app and familiarize with its interface.

sgp interface

Step 2 Set the Audio Input

Before you start recording, choose the audio source to System sound, Microphone, or both by clicking the "Audio input".

configure audio input

Step 3 Start Recording Audio

Once done, click the "Record" button at the upper leftmost part of the tool. Then, select "Audio" to only record the audio coming from your computer or via the mic. A floating toolbar appears that you can use to control the recording. You can disable/enable the system sound or Microphone as an audio source.

sgp start recording

Step 4 End the Recording Process

Once done, click the "Stop" button to end the recording process. It will then bring you to its main interface, where it lists all the recordings you made. Simply double-click on the recorded audio to listen to the sound.

sgp end recording

Audacity vs AceThinker Screen Grabber Pro

Audacity AceThinker Screen Grabber Pro
Ratings 4 5
Supported Formats MP3 MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, WAV, FLAC, MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, GIF
Processing Power 64 bit 64 bit
Recording Duration No time limit No time limit for its Licensed version
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