Audacity will record my voice but not an instrument and Plugins

will record my voice but not the piano. I am a music teacher and have used Audacity for YEARS to record sound files for my students. This is paralyzing…help.
Also, Plugin manager says my plugins are enabled but they really aren’t. Any suggestions?

This is classic having your computer “help you” record by accident. If you use Skype, Zoom, Meetings or other on-line communications or chat application, they all have Noise Reduction as part of their process.

Real Time Noise Reduction figures out what to do by duration of tones. Any tone present for a set time or longer must be noise and get rid of it. Like the piano notes. Some of the applications are more complicated than that, but the general idea is separate the voice from Everything Else. Sometimes the process will mangle the singing voice, too.

Try Clean Shutdown and Start. Shift+Shutdown > Wait > Start. Not regular Shutdown and not Restart. Don’t let any other app start. That help?

If you have a Mac, just shut down and start up again. Watch the menu bar at the bottom and make sure Audacity is the only thing running.


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