stevethefiddle wrote:What sample format are your using (example 16 bit 44100 Hz)
How loud is the Audacity recording (look at the peak amplitude in the recording)
Does it look distorted (zoom in close and see if the tops and bottoms of the waves have been clipped flat)
Do you mean when you play back in Audacity what you have just recorded?
1) Default Sample Rate is 44100 Hz. Default Sample Format is 32-bit float.
2) I've tried a number of different gain settings. At the loudest I've probably had peaks at 0.8. At the quietest I've had the gain set to where the peaks are maybe 0.1.
3) No, they don't look clipped flat.
4) Exactly. It sounds fine through the monitors or headphones while I'm playing it in, but when I play back what audacity just recorded I hear the buzzing.
Some further information. I've tried doing some comparisons with my acoustic-electric guitar. When playing a bass line on my acoustic guitar, I can detect a faint buzzing when playing notes on the lower strings. Likewise it seems like when I'm playing my bass, the buzzing is louder on the lower strings and quieter on the higher strings. So it seems like the loudest buzzing is on the lowest string on my bass and gets quieter as I move up to higher strings. The buzzing gets even quieter as I move to my acoustic guitar's lowest string, but it is still distinguishable. As I move to higher strings on my acoustic guitar, the buzzing becomes so faint that it becomes indistinguishable.
Edit: I figured out how to reset Audacity's preferences by deleting its registry entries, so I am fairly confident that I am now using default settings.