-9999 error message

For all those having problems with a -9999 error message when you try to record, for me it was as easy as unplugging the Behringer interface’s USB and plugging it into a different USB port. That fixed the problem, but it went back into mono and I had to go back into Windows 10 Sound advanced settings and make it 2-channel again.

From the manual: (https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/error_opening_sound_device.html#codes)

9999 Unanticipated host error: this means means “something is wrong”. And appears to most often be due to either:

  • A lost connection to a USB audio device.
  • Recent Windows / Mac update requiring that user gives permission for Audacity to access the microphone.

In the case of (1) a lost connection to a USB device, it is usually sufficient to “Rescan audio devices”

If that doesn’t work, check the USB lead and connectors.
If they look OK, unplug the device, wait a few moments, then plug it back in again and wait for Windows to find the device, then either restart Audacity or “Rescan audio devices”.

If there is still a problem, then as suggested by mdevich, try plugging into a different USB port.