Cant stop audacity from recording my desktop audio

Im having a bit of a problem evertime i try to record my desktop audio is recorded in the background when im useing my mic can u plz help ive used my head set and desktop mic and it continues to record it i need this fixed plz.

If you go to Windows recording devices you can disable the recording devices you don’t want ,
e.g. disable the computer’s in-built microphone.
[ Note: the sounds the computer makes is called “Stereo mix” in recording devices ].

Also make sure you choose the mic you want to record from in Audacity’s Device Toolbar.


i have the device chosen for sure and my pc does not have a build in mic because its a coustom built

Sorry but we cannot see your computer, so we cannot help without full information to go on.

What version of Audacity are you using? See the pink panel at the top of the page.

What is the make and model number of the mic and exactly how does it connect to the computer?

Did the people who built this machine ensure that the motherboard has Windows 10 audio drivers intended for that exact motherboard?

Also please post the information from Help > Audio Device Info… top right of Audacity so we can see what audio devices Audacity sees.


i am useing the latest version of audacity and here is my two mics i tested and the headset one plugs in via usb while the studio plugs in via 3.5mm and i build the pc and windows 10 detected and installed the best drivers

You should use 2.1.2 from Again, please see the pink panel at the top of the page. Only our site as above is guaranteed to have the latest version and be safe.

Please post the information from Help > Audio Device Info… top right of Audacity, as requested before. Then we can see what devices Audacity sees.

The condenser mic is not suitable for plugging direct into the computer, as its description says.

Note that for the USB headset, you must either connect it and get it recognised by Windows before you launch Audacity, or if you connect it after Audacity is open, use Transport > Rescan Audio Devices in the Audacity menus.

Some headsets leak a little audio that is playing into the recording. If that is the case you need another headset. However your headset has drivers on a CD. You should install those drivers. Then look in the Windows Control Panel for any control panel for the headset. Some gaming headsets have control panel settings to record computer sound using the mic or not.

When you bought the motherboard, did it say it was intended for use with Windows 10? If not you should go to their site and check for Windows 10 audio drivers for that motherboard model.