Audacity 1.3.3 /Mac OS X 1.3 Effects all grey'd out

After finding that I can’t record direct from my Lenovo T410/ Window’s 7/Audacity 2.0 /with-out hard-wiring…I’ve gone back to my Old Mac G3 running “Panther”… for this I had to download and old version of Aucacity 1.3.3 beta… everything seem to work, EXCEPT the effect’s… they are all grey’d out.
Any solutions for this ?

For effects to not be greyed out you must be in Stop mode.
– Bill

Did you see my further response about that

So how are you recording computer playback without a cable there - with an old version of Soundflower?

Note there is no longer any support for old 1.x versions of Audacity - please see the pink panel at the top of this page. There may be bugs in early 1.3.x versions on Mac that the menus became greyed out after you opened a dialogue window.

There should be no good reason you cannot record the web songs on Windows 7. If the songs are on YouTube or other popular video sites you can download the videos. All of course if you have the copyright holders’ permission to do so.


I tried the STOP mode in Audacity 1.3.3… the effect still stay grey"d out… But thanks anyway
For the other part of the question far a I can see… Lenovo are using a sound card that remains hidden specifically to prevent recording from the Net for copyright reasons… thanks lenovo

Suppose you had written the song that you want to record. Would you not want to be paid for that song?

Apart from that, why don’t you read as I suggested? That shows you how to use Windows WASAPI to record computer playback even if you don’t have stereo mix.

To write the steps out for you here:

  1. In Audacity, open Device Toolbar.
  2. In the first (Host) box of Device Toolbar, choose “Windows WASAPI”.
  3. In the second (Recording Device) box, choose the (loopback) input for the device you are using for playback. For example, if you are using “Speakers” for listening to playback, choose “Speakers (loopback)” in this step.
  4. In the third (Recording Channels) box, choose mono or stereo.
  5. In the fourth (Playback Device) box, choose the Speakers or Headphones that you are using for listening.
  6. Start playing the audio you want to record.
  7. Press the big red Record button in Audacity.


Ok thanks I’ll try that again… Think I’ve been there before but maybe missed a few key button settings ?
Agree with your first comment… but I’m not trying to rip off the song … Its basically just instrumental karaoke covers for my 13 year old to practice her voice so she can hear what she sounds like with a backing track.

Gale… thanks, that works… But finally with 1.3.3 and a really old Mac G3 the results a rather a bit Hit and miss… and I can’t remember how I got stuff from the G3/ Net or USB key to audacity… I’ll try some of the stuff someone else suggested for Windows 7/ audacity/ Lenovo or just hard wire it…
david :slight_smile: