Audacity fighting Project64 over sound driver?

Hi all, I’ve been trying to find a solution to this problem all night but to no avail.

I am trying to use Audacity to record commentary for my Youtube channel and by itself I have no issues with Audacity; It picks up my mic and headset fine and the recording quality is very nice and crisp. Though when I try to record my voice while also running Project64, a software used to play Nintendo 64 games, my voice automatically becomes muddy as if I were talking through a layer of dried crusty socks. I also use Fraps to record video though I do not believe that to be interfering. I’m really not sure of what information may be helpful with finding out the problem though I am using Audacity v2.0.5. As I said if I am not running Project64 the sound quality is quite good! Only when I try to run both Project64 and record my voice with Audacity does the quality of the recording change. Any help would be greatly appreciated and if you need to know any more info on the settings I use I would be glad to share. Thanks!

Audacity does not make Project 64 and cannot offer support for that program. Is it this or something else? Does it create its own audio device in Windows? Turn that program on, restart Audacity then post the information from Help > Show Log… in Audacity.

You did not say what version of Windows. What playback device are you using, and what recording device? For example is it a USB headset?

If you are on Windows 7 or Windows 8, try right-click over the speaker icon by the system clock, then choose “Sounds”. Click the Communications tab, then under “When Windows detects communications activity:”, choose “Do nothing”. Click OK.

This is just a guess. It could also be that your computer does not have the resources to run multiple applications playing and recording at the same time. Most people playing games overclock their computer and/or use expensive gaming sound and video cards that boost audio and video performance by using the processing power of the computer’s graphics processing unit.

No-one here plays computer games as far as I know, so ultimately you may be better asking on a gaming forum appropriate to the games that you use.