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So I recorded two separate recordings the other day. I didn’t change any settings, it was literally one after the other. But the first one does not work at all. It opens, but there is no sound. The second one works fine.

We can’t work with that. There’s just not enough information.

That plus particulars of your problem. Like what were the settings you were expecting?


I don’t really know how to explain. I recorded as I usually do the same basic settings as when you download Audacity. But the second recording did fine, the first one is all silence for some reason. And I recorded them right after the other without changing anything.

Please start by giving us the information requested in the pink panel at the top of the page.

Then tell us where you are listening to the recording that sounds silent. Did you export it from Audacity as WAV or MP3 and is it silent in Windows Media Player? What happens if you drag that exported file back into Audacity - does it have tall blue waves or a flat line in the middle?

If there was only silence before you exported then it is a recording problem that you have to fix.

If you are using a USB turntable, be aware they can take over as system playback device which then kills system sound. Disconnect the turntable from the computer to fix that. See


Yes exactly. It is a problem with the recording, because before I exported it in Audacity it is silent too. Although it have wavelengths and looks like any normal recording. I just do not understand why it did not record the first one but recorded the second time. Anyway, thank you for your help.

Be aware that you have to choose the correct recording source in Audacity’s Device Toolbar. If you are choosing the “Microsoft Sound Mapper - Input” or “Primary Sound Capture Driver” that is the default Windows recording device. If the Windows default recording device changes, then the device Audacity records from changes.

We cannot see your computer, so if you have more questions please provide the information requested in the pink panel at the top of the page and tell us the make and model number of the turntable or whatever equipment your are recording with.