I did some test recording of my voice. Audacity first would display a nice waveform of my voice and then after about 6 seconds the waveform would disappear!
I opened an existing project. Waveform did not disappear. I then imported the mp3 that I could not import earlier. It imported properly!
I checked the log file one more time. There were references to a --going from memory – “C:Usersuser1AppDataLocalTempaudacity_temp” directory that Audacity could not write.
I am suspecting that somehow Audacity is not able to create the files in that directory. When I open a project that has its files elsewhere, then Audacity is able to write to that directory and it works.
I need to find the root cause of this.
As a work around, I suppose I can change the settings and ask audacity write to a different directory. I think I saw a setting that would let me change where Audacity writes.
And when I look at the log I see a bunch of errors:
12:47:29: Error: can’t open file ‘C:Usersuser1AppDataLocalTempaudacity_tempproject10637e00d00e0000bff.au’ (error 3: the system cannot find the path specified.)
12:47:29: Error: Directory ‘C:Usersuser1AppDataLocalTempaudacity_tempproject10637’ couldn’t be created (error 5: access is denied.)
12:47:29: Error: mkdir in DirManager::MakeBlockFilePath failed. (error 5: access is denied.)
12:47:29: Error: can’t open file ‘C:Usersuser1AppDataLocalTempaudacity_tempproject10637e00d00e0000d23.au’ (error 3: the system cannot find the path specified.)
So, somehow that directory is no longer available to Audacity. I wonder why Windows all of a sudden decided to limit access to that directory…
I am wondering if it will affect other programs, since they have folders within the same general area…
In the meantime I will change the temp directory to a place in my “documents” folder and see what happens.