Hi all, I am new to Audacity. I have version 2.2.2 and have it installed on a Windows 7 laptop and a Windows 8.1 desktop.
I can record perfectly on my Windows 7 laptop using a standard headset in the audio jack. I have just installed Audacity onto my Windows 8.1 desktop and it won’t work this way. If I unplug my headphones from the audio jack on my desktop it does record through my desktop speakers, but it steadfastly refuses to record with my headphones. I just get a flat line.
I have looked through all of the FAQ and despite trying everything I can find, I cannot get it to work with my headphones. I’m at the end of my tether - can someone help me please?
… some higher-end laptops a few years ago had headphone jack ports [Output] that ALSO functioned as MIC ports [Input], and I don’t remember what actually determined how the port functioned - i. e.; BIOS Setting, Keyboard Key / Switch, Application being used at the time, etc.
IIRC, another factor was the laptop having Surround Sound, where Center Channel fed through Mic / H-phone port.
So you are recording your headset microphone? That’s important. You didn’t say that anywhere.
the audio jack has a headset symbol so it should work for mic input as well as output.
If your instructions agree with you, then I do, too. I know of three different headset configurations, so you get to start there. Back to the instructions.
Audacity gets its sound from Windows, not the device or connection. So Windows has to be happy, first.
Right click the speaker in the lower right > Recording Devices (or something like that) and see if you can straighten out where your microphone went. That panel should have a bouncing light sound meter and that has to work before Audacity has a chance.
I have attached a snip showing the mic. When I plug my headset in the meter goes up and down and then nothing happens. Same thing when I unplug it. As I said, the output works fine, it just seems that the input is muted somewhere and I can’t find where.
it just seems that the input is muted somewhere and I can’t find where.
I think it’s more serious than that. Where is the laptop built-in microphone? Laptops nearly all have built-in microphones and speakers and they should appear in the Windows sound panels. When you plug in your headset, you should have two recording devices, not one.
I think I’m going to quietly back away from this. I’m not a Windows elf and we are now heavily into internal Windows settings.