Can't get input right

Hi everyone!

I have a new install of Audacity 2.3.0 on Windows 10. My nifty new computer warranted a nifty new install of Audacity.

My problem is that I can’t get the computer microphone out of the recording input. No matter what I select, the monitor displays background/room sound. When I try to record computer audio, like Internet radio stream or local mpg file, it sounds like it was recorded through a microphone laying across the room.

Before - earlier version, and earlier windows - I could select MME, Microsoft Sound Mapper - input, and it would record whatever the computer is sending out the speakers.

My computer is an HP ProOne 400 all-in-one which has integrated microphone/camera. I unplugged other cameras to get their microphones out, and tried other Recording Device settings but no matter what, I’m recording microphone.

Suggestions are appreciated!

  • j -

With recent updates to Windows 10, you have to give permission for Audacity to access the audio device. See:

My apologies i didn’t state my problem well.

problem is not that I can’t record microphone. Problem is that I can only record from microphone. Audio stream gets into Audacity via the microphone, not directly from Windows.

In Settings/Privacy i see that the microphone is turned on; perhaps I need to turn that off?

I don’t see any option to turn on “audio device”.

Thanks for your suggestions!

For post information, I did turn off access to the microphone and Audacity returns an error when I click on the monitor no matter which device settings I choose;

:Error opening recording device. Error code: -9999 Unanticipated host error


  • j -

Leave that setting turned on. If it is turned off, Audacity will not be able to record from anything.

You want to record sound that is playing on your computer?

To do that, use the “WASAPI loopback” method described here: Tutorial - Recording Computer Playback on Windows - Audacity Manual

The loopback suggestion fixed my problem

Thanks,000,000 for your help!!!


  • j -