I can hear my mic and guitar through my speakers, so the mic (and mixing board) are working fine. When I press record I get “!Error while opening sound device. Please check the recording device settings and the project rate sample.”
OK, I checked them. They seem to be what they always have been (I was recording fine using Windows 7 but just “upgraded” to Windows 10).
Did the Windows upgrade do something? Did I likely do something? Any help greatly appreciated!
Windows 10 Home on hp pavilion desktop p7-1010, 6GB ram
64-bit, x64-based processor
Thank you, Steve. I wish I could say that solved it… but no. I just downloaded the latest driver for my audigy 5/rx soundcard and as it is an .exe file, ran it.
It didn’t change anything, unfortunately. I wonder if “Supported Rates” is the problem. But if so, how do I change that? Here is my device info:
You choose the Audacity sample rate in Project Rate bottom left of Audacity.
What Audio Host are you choosing in Device Toolbar? Try another host. Are you overdubbing against an existing Audacity track? WASAPI host may error if you are overdubbing, unless sample rates for both playback and recording are correct in Windows, SoundBlaster and Audacity.
Thank you for trying to help! I am on MME. If I change it to Windows Direct or WASAPI I don’t get an error but I don’t get a recording. If I leave it on MME I get the error described above. I am attaching my screenshots in hopes that will give you a better clue as to what I am doing wrong.
Do you have the guitar and mic connected to the mixer then the mixer connected to
Line-In of SoundBlaster?
When you change host do you also check the Audacity recording device is the Line-In?
When you change host does the Audacity Recording Slider ungrey?
If the Audacity recording slider is greyed, as it is when MME host is selected, this means that Audacity cannot set the recording volume. You must open Windows Sound, Recording tab, double-click SoundBlaster Line-In and set the recording level on the “Levels” tab.
For more diagnosis you can make the SoundBlaster Line-In the default recording device in Windows Sound and see if “Windows Sound Recorder” can record a signal. To open that app, press Windows Start, type “recorder” (without quotes) then press ENTER on your keyboard. Click or tap the microphone icon to start recording, and click or tap the Stop button when you’re done.
To stop the MME error, double-click the SoundBlaster Line-In on the Recording tab of Windows Sound, click the “Advanced” tab, then try changing the Default Format to match with Audacity project rate (or vice-versa). Or, try enabling the “Exclusive Mode” boxes in Default Format and choose Windows DirectSound or Windows WASAPI as Audacity audio host.
Restart Audacity after making changes in Default Format.
Another thing you could try if you are not overdubbing is to turn off Transport > Overdub in the Audacity menus.
If you need more help, please save the complete Audacity Audio Device Info as I suggested and attach it.