Cannot record live audio

Windows 10.
Audacity 2.3.2


Sorry, rookie question here.

I can’t get Audacity to record live audio and I am not sure why.

Does it mean that I have not got a soundcard? I’ve looked under “sound, video and game controllers” and it just says “Realtek High Definition Audio”. Does that mean that I do not have one?

If I do need to get one, what is a decent spec for a soundcard that just needs to record speech please?


Do you have a microphone or a laptop with a built-in microphone? We may need some more details about your hardware setup.

You’ll need to select the microphone (or microphone input, etc.) as your [u]recording device[/u].

If you still have trouble see [u]Microphone problems after the Windows 10 April 2018 Update[/u]

Amazing, I think that may be it. Thank you! I’ve changed the privacy settings and the in-built mic works. Yet to test the audio interface as I am off to work but it looks promising.

Thanks !