Audacity mute after installing new driver

Hello, I am using Audacity 2.12 on Windows 7 and I recently had to install a new driver, due to clicking sounds on my recordings. When the new driver was installed, my Audacity went mute. My computer repairman got everything going again however when I recorded a new tract, the playback is out of sync. I hear my voice where there should be a pause/silence. Can you help? I just now downloaded another Audacity 2.12 version and it’s still occuring.


This is nothing to do with recording system sounds so I started a mew topic for you.

If you really have Audacity 2.12 that is not made by us. Have a look at Help > About Audacity… for the number. If it says 2.12, uninstall it, run a full anti-virus check then download Audacity 2.1.2 from

Just for background, exactly what driver did you install and what is the make and model number of the computer? If you have a branded computer like Dell or Lenovo, you should normally go to their site to look for the latest audio driver for your particular computer model. If you have a 64-bit computer, you should install the 64-bit version of the drivers.

Sometimes clicking can be due to getting the mic too close to mains wires or to the computer. What is the make and model number of the mic? If the mic connects directly to the computer, clicking is not usually a driver problem assuming you have the computer manufacturer’s audio driver.

If you mean that when the new recording is done, it is out of sync with the previous track, see the top part of this FAQ

If you mean that you are hearing yourself late while you are recording, that is almost unavoidable if you are using a computer mic with software playthrough. Some people get around it by turning off playthrough and having the headphones off one ear so you hear yourself acoustically. See this FAQ


Hello again. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. I attempted some of your suggested changes, the ones I understood :slight_smile:, and then called Focusrite ( my pre-amp manufacturer) again for an online help session. After much assessing and testing, the representative said I needed to update my computer !

My Computer Repairman John, saved the day once more. As it turned out, on both occasions of uninstalling and re-installing new drivers, Audacity made invisible changes. John was able to find the problems and turned the volume back on and discovered that the playback speed was set at 1000, instead of 100. Who Knew ?

Keeping my fingers crossed all will be well for a long time.


Sorry, but if you have reasonable, correct drivers for your audio hardware, Audacity should not be making system changes to the sound devices.

If you have Audacity 2.12 as you said, that is not made by us and we cannot take responsibility for it.

If John has firm evidence and steps to reproduce the problem with 2.1.2 made by us, then on receipt of those we can look into the problem.

Given you have now said you have a Focusrite preamp/interface, I recommend you set that as playback and recording device in Audacity’s Device Toolbar then monitor your recordings with headphones in the Focusrite.